double boiler



  • Two saucepans which fit together one on the other. The top one contains the food to be cooked and the lower one which is directly on the heat contains boiling or hot water. Used to limit the temperature of the food being cooked and to prevent burning especially when melting chocolate, thickening with egg yolk, etc.


  • noun a cooking utensil made up of two saucepans, one of which fits on top of the other, the lower pan containing hot water and the top pan containing the food to be cooked.