If you’re melting chocolate or whipping up a delicate sauce—hollandaise, anyone?—that can’t handle direct heat, you’re going to need a double boiler. This fairly simple stovetop pot is designed to cook any thick liquid without burning it by harnessing the power of steam rather than direct flame. The apparatus consists of a saucepan, insert and single lid. Just fill the larger pot with water and use the insert to cook the sauce—well-designed multi-pot systems use a single lid for both, so it’s a snap to make your favorite tricky (but delicious) sauces.
Specialty cookware doesn’t have to be complex or expensive—a double boiler is an elegant addition to any kitchen, and it’s just as easy to use as a standard saucepan. For best results, opt for a stainless steel boiler with an encapsulated base. This ensures efficient heating so that your sauce cooks evenly. A glass lid is a plus so that you can check the progress of your food as it cooks without having to let heat escape. For the highest performance and the smoothest transfer of heat from the water to the insert, opt for an aluminum core.
A double boiler from All-Clad features all of the above, plus a hand-polished mirror-finished exterior, which makes it a gleaming display piece when it’s not being used for cooking. And it’s dishwasher safe, so you don’t have to worry about hand washing. Looking for a multi-pot boiler that will stand the test of time? Browse the Martha Stewart collection and discover glass-topped boilers that are the perfect addition to any kitchen. For a versatile piece of cookware, opt for a boiler from Calphalon—these pots are great for melting chocolate or cheese.
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