How-To & Diy

How to Fake a Double Boiler

March 30, 2012

Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today, Amanda's showing us how to fake a double boiler.

Do you have a double boiler? We don't. They're so easy to fake, there's no reason to buy one. Here's how to use the pots and bowls you have on hand to fit all of your double-boiler whims and desires -- chocolate-melting, hollandaise-making, mashed-potato-warming, and everything in between.

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Greenstuff March 31, 2012
Oh my goodness, as I was watching the video, I was thinking about that same Revereware setup. My mother had the same thing, and while I inherited the flimsy saucepans, I have no idea what became of that perfect bowl.
AntoniaJames March 30, 2012
I have an ancient "Revere Ware" set up with a bowl with two nifty metal handles (flat extensions of the bowl on either side, just large enough to grip), designed to sit neatly over the saucepan. I've had it forever. The saucepan is pretty much useless for anything other than this purpose or steaming, given the lightness of the metal, but that bowl! It's priceless. It amazes me that this very useful combination is not generally available. It makes so much sense, as the bowl, of course, can be used for other purposes. (I especially appreciate the stability of the system, too, now that I'm working mostly one-handed. I made polenta in it last week, entirely with one hand.) ;o)