An alternative to a bulky double boiler

In my ever increasing quest for all things collapsible I came across an alternative to my wife’s bulky double boiler. This collapsible silicone double boiler looks to be just what a clutter-free kitchen needs. Of course, not everyone is in need of a double boiler, but my wife uses hers quite a bit. Especially, when she bakes her delicious holiday cookies.

The collapsible version is so much more practical than the one my wife uses. Hers is your typical two quart saucepan with the stainless steel insert. This silicone solution takes up much less space and it is collapsible when not in use. The amount of space it saves is quite substantial when you figure that a traditional double boiler adds a whole other saucepan to your cabinet.

If you are looking for a double boiler, you may want to check out this silicone collapsible alternative.

12 Comments for “An alternative to a bulky double boiler”

  1. posted by Erin at Unclutterer on

    Matt–Feel welcome to drop some of those holiday cookies in the mail … :)

    I really like the idea of this. I’m wondering how well it will work in execution. I’m seeing that it would be great for melting chocolate. Interesting …

  2. posted by Mary Racine on

    You can also just use a stainless steel bowl. Alton Brown describes it. It needs to fit on your pan with a few inches to spare (for the water and clearance) and deep rather than shallow is better.

    So – no clutter! Because the bowl and pan are separately useful.

    Actually, Alton Brown says the only uni-tasker in your kitchen should be your fire extinguisher.

  3. posted by Kris on

    Your link to Amazon does not have any user reviews. Could you add yours?

  4. posted by Ben on

    This is clutter. Use a stainless or pyrex bowl on top of a pot.

  5. posted by angorian on

    I just use a metal bowl on top of a pot.

  6. posted by Tim on

    Seriously. Bowl over heat.

  7. posted by Erin at Unclutterer on

    This could easily be used as a bowl, too, so I wouldn’t say that it’s a unitasker. Since it’s collapsible, it also takes up a lot less space than a traditional bowl.

    @Ben–I’ve had personal experience with pyrex bowls exploding and don’t recommend using them in a double boiler situation. The stainless/aluminum bowls work fine, though, like you suggested.

  8. posted by Debbie on

    I always just use a pan on low heat. Experts agree that this is a recipe for burning, but I just stir continuously and don’t have a problem. I think the only thing I make that should be done with a double boiler is melting chocolate, though. I haven’t tried making Hollandaise sauce or anything.

  9. posted by Helen on

    just having a laugh as I come back from your ‘nice sites’ … Paperclippy – its cute but so, so very cluttery! :)

    I’m a bit suspicious about all this silicone stuff. Sticking with my stainless steel. There’s also the aesthetic element – entirely absent from this object.

    Enjoying the blog though!

  10. posted by K1rk on

    Death to the unitasker! Long live the ubiquitous…bowl!

  11. posted by Erin on

    I just put chocolate chips in the microwave for 15-30 seconds at a time and stir–no burning, no boiling, no drama, just yummy meltedness.

  12. posted by Patrick on

    This doesn’t make much sense to me. Silicone works great for baking but as a double boiler? Unlike metal which conducts, silicone is heavy insulating material. Wouldn’t you have to heat the water way past just boiling point to make this work? It seems like you’d lose a lot of heating control by switching to silicone. Since the whole point of using a double boiler is controlled, stable heat, you’d be taking a huge sacrifice for some collapsibility.

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