double boilerdouble boiler
a pair of saucepans, one of which fits over and partly inside the other: food is cooked in the upper pan while the water boiling in the lower one keeps it from scorching
A cooking utensil consisting of two nested pans, designed to allow slow, even cooking or heating of food in the upper pan by the action of water boiling in the lower.
(plural double boilers)
- in cooking, a large pan containing hot water, into which other smaller pans are set in order to cook food at low heat (below 100C or 212F), or to keep food warm.
- It is a more advanced technique, and involves heating up your soap-making ingredients in a double-boiler.