DIY Double Boiler

A double boiler is used in a variety of cooking and baking recipes to ensure even melting and heating of ingredients, through the application of indirect heat. Though you can buy one commercially made, this DIY version, using things found in every kitchen, does the job easily.

A simple saucepan is the base for this double boiler.
  1. Fill a saucepan approximately halfway with water.

  2. 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.

  3. Place the pan and bowl over medium heat on the stove.

  4. Heat until the water boils--it should stay at a low simmer.

  5. Place the ingredient you are looking to melt or heat in the bowl, and stir constantly until the correct consistency and temperature is achieved.


  • Make sure you don't use a bowl that has any flammable or meltable decorations.
  • Never leave a double boiler unattended over a lit flame.
  • The bowl will be very hot when you remove it from the pan--be sure to use an oven mitt.