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double boiler

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.
Origin of double boiler
1875-80, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Second, the double boiler: The double boiler is of particular value when protective cooking is desired.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
  • Cook spinach in its own juices (preferably in double boiler).

    No Animal Food Rupert H. Wheldon
  • Finally put in a smooth mold with a sheet of paper in the bottom, all evenly greased with butter and cook in a double boiler.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Then add the raisins and pour into a double boiler and steam four hours.

  • Heat in a double boiler the juice of six oranges and the grated rind of two.

  • Put this mixture through a strainer into the double boiler,124 and reheat it.

  • Heat in a double boiler two cupfuls of water, the juice of a lemon and half a cupful of sugar.

  • By heating milk in a double boiler, these dangers are avoided.

  • Pour into the inner cup of a double boiler; have the water in the outer cup boiling, and cook five minutes.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • Put mushrooms in saucepan or double boiler with salt and no water.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
British Dictionary definitions for double boiler

double boiler

(US & 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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