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I bought this fully aware it was a small size double boiler. I didn’t need a larger one to melt beeswax, cocoa butter, and shea butters together.
I got this for making my lip balm. In the past I used to use a DIY double boiler. More recently, I just used Pyrex & microwave.
The Pyrex microwave worked perfect for me until one day the beeswax in my Pyrex caught fire.
This promoted me to order a real double boiler in order to continue making my lip balms- and this actually exceeded my expectations. I hadn’t realized there would be a small little “spout” on both sides where one can pour the contents directly in something of small size/precisely.
It fit perfectly on top of a pot, and worked flawlessly as well. I took some pictures for anyone interested in a small sized double boiler.
The contents shown in mine is a mix of completely melted : Beeswax, cocoa butter, Shea butter, and olive oil. I do not have a scale to properly measure, so I just eyeball the amounts with the ideal ratio I learned with practice.
There are numerous balm formulas on websites for accurate measurements for making your own.
I have another use for melting butters; particularly shea. When shea butter slowly melts and solidifies at random temperatures such as in transit, it can cause it to have a grainy texture.
One can melt grainy textured shea to fix it. The cause of the grainy feel is simply the aforementioned situation in which melting and re solidifying occurs - the three different fatty acid molecules in shea have differing melting points. This causes the fatty acid molecules to stick to each other only instead of throughout the butter as it solidifies at random temperatures.
To fix this, I gently melt gainiy shea in this double boiler. Once it’s thoroughly melted, I then pour the liquid shea into a container or a bowl and immediately place it in the freezer. The freezer temperature ensures the butter solidifies quickly; therefore the fatty acid molecules don’t have the time to solidify slowly (which would cause the molecules to remain separated and creating graininess).
A bit off topic, but I wanted to share this tidbit with whomever it may interest, and to provide multiple ideas as to how this double boiler can be used for.
Very, very small That was my original review. Since then the company who sold it had badgered me twice via email saying product dimensions were accurate when they were not even listed and even gone so far as to say I was judging them The product is very very small, it won't even fit a wisk in it. The fact that they hassled me is another big red flag. I will never buy another product from A-homeware again.
The handle is pretty much 'cool to touch'. Spouts on both sides helps a lot (we used it to make candy/lollipops). Good quality stainless steel, no complaints there. The handle and the support are forge-welded, so the joints may not last very long (unlike riveted joints) - hence the 4 stars for durability. Overall, great product, great price. I'll recommend it to anyone.
Arrived missing parts and damaged. The long handle used to hold the boiler was missing and the small handle used to balance the boiler onto the lip of a pot was detached and mangled. The tiny metal plate used to attach the small handle was missing. I rarely give feedback but this item was so bad that I felt remiss if I didn't share my experience and I now see that others have had similar, recent experiences.
I have moved into a place with no microwave and limited space, so I was looking for a way to heat things up relatively quickly without having to turn on the oven. I took a chance on this tiny double boiler and I've been super happy with it so far. It fits my smaller pan perfectly and cleans up with no issues. It's small enough that it fits in my smaller kitchen with ease.
I tried melting chocolate chips in the microwave and they caught fire so I decided to order this to melt them in on the stove top. Fits in my qt pan perfectly. I did find some brands of chocolate chips melt better than others, who knew.
This is a cute little double boiler for small recipes, such as chocolate covered pretzels, candy, and even small candy apples. As long as you don't get the really big apples, but the little ones that come in the bags at grocery stores, you can do candy and caramel apples with this little double boiler. Perfect for when you want to do a small recipe and don't want to haul out a big double boiler. Also easier to clean up than a big one.