a utensil consisting of two pots, one of which fits partway into the other: water is boiled in the lower pot to cook or warm food or melt a substance in the upper.
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How to use double boiler in a sentence
Four tablespoons of oatmeal, one pint of water; boil for three hours in double boiler, adding water from time to time; strain.The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
If you have a double boiler you can put in very much less water, for there is no danger of burning.
Put marshmallows and almond paste in double boiler and stir until melted and well blended.A Little Candy Book for a Little Girl | Amy L. Waterman
Betsey melted the chocolate by placing it in the double boiler over hot water.A Little Candy Book for a Little Girl | Amy L. Waterman
Place in the large pan of the double boiler and allow this to cook until the eggs have thickened.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
British Dictionary definitions for double boiler
US and Canadian a cooking utensil consisting of two saucepans, one fitting inside the other. The bottom saucepan contains water that, while boiling, gently heats food in the upper pan: Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): double saucepan
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