Double boiler?

What is a double boiler?

A double boiler is a “double-decker” saucepan that exists of three parts. A bottom saucepan, a fitting upper pan and a lid. The double boiler is utilized on the stovetop and is used for cooking delicate sauces or melting chocolate without burning or overcooking.

The bottom pan is filled with boiling water and the food to be cooked is placed in the top pan, covered with the lid (optional). The pot on top is heated only by the steam from the boiling water in the bottom pan. The pans have to be tight fitting to prevent steam (and heat) from escaping.

Similar techniques are bain-marie (water bath) or double steaming.

There is a variety of double boilers on the market, made from metal or glas. Check the following models below and choose one you like.

Double Boilers
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