Fill a saucepan approximately halfway with water.
Place a glass bowl on top of the pot. It should nestle in the pan high enough to not touch the water below. If necessary, empty some water.
Place the pan and bowl over medium heat on the stove.
Heat until the water boils--it should stay at a low simmer.
Place the ingredient you are looking to melt or heat in the bowl, and stir constantly until the correct consistency and temperature is achieved.
Things You Will Need
- Glass bowl
- Saucepan, similar in size to glass bowl
- A metal bowl can be substituted for the glass bowl, but you will need to remove it to see whether the water has reached a boil.