How to Melt Chocolate in a Double Boiler

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In this short video tutorial, you will learn how to easily melt chocolate for use in your dessert recipes and cooking ideas. For this food tip, you begin by chopping chocolate into small chunks, make sure to use a chopping board. If you have a double boiler, start by filling the bottom section of the boiler. Most double boilers only need a small amount of water, so check yours to see the maximum fill line. Make sure not to splash any water in the area where the chocolate will be, as even a drop will ruin the chocolate. Then place the double boiler over low heat, and make sure to never, ever melt chocolate over high heat. Pour the chopped up chocolate into the double boiler bowl, and get your spatula ready. Melting chocolate in a double boiler takes some patience, so stay near the stove, and continue to stir the chocolate as it melts. Once the chocolate is evenly melted, you can use it in your dessert recipes and cooking ideas. If your chocolate hardens before you use it, you can turn the stove burner back onto low and start stirring again. You'll want to take a look at the short video on the Grandmother's Kitchen site.

Chocolate is delicious in any form, and by melting chocolate, you can create a tool for dipping, decorating, and topping, with chocolate. Melting is also a key step in some of the best dessert recipes to include chocolate icing, truffles, some types of brownies and cupcake recipes chocolate souffle recipes, and so much more. There are many different types of chocolate for melting, and before selecting your chocolate, you want to know whether it is specifically formulated to be melted for a crispy chocolate coating or for use in a chocolate fountain. Melting chocolate for cooking ideas and recipes is not the same as it is for tempering chocolate, although melting chocolate is a necessary step in the tempering process. Melting chocolate can be accomplished on the stovetop in a double boiler or in a microwave. There are a few fundamental food tips and food hacks to successfully melting chocolate. You want to make sure the chocolate for melting is chopped into uniform pieces to ensure even melting. Never try and melt large chocolate bars or blocks of chocolate that have not been chopped evenly. Again, make sure to avoid all contact with water. This cannot be stressed enough, as chocolate will seize and become unworkable if the chocolate comes into contact with even a couple of droplets of water. Make sure that your bowls, workstation, and your spatulas are completely dry.

You can also easily melt chocolate in the microwave for your dessert recipes and cooking ideas. A microwave is a great tool for easily melting chocolate. If used properly, the microwave can melt chocolate much more quickly than a double boiler with minimal effort and little mess. The most important part of melting chocolate in the microwave is choosing the appropriate microwave container. Ideally, you want to melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl that remains cool or only slightly warm after being in the microwave for several minutes. If the bowl is too hot for you to handle after the chocolate has been microwaved, the bowl is too hot for your chocolate. If you have overheated your chocolate in the microwave, you want to immediately pour it into a cool bowl adding the chunks of unmelted chocolate and stirring continuously.

You will find these food tips for melting chocolate on the Grandmother's Kitchen YouTube site. On the site, you will find dessert recipes, main dish recipes, cooking ideas, food tips, food hacks and so much more. **

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