You will need
- Two pans/bowls of different sizes
Pour into a vessel of a larger size certain amount of water. Lower back pan of a smaller size, which will place the desired product (chocolate, infusion of herbs, cream, etc.). The water in the lower vessel is to boil the product in a pan of smaller size is not heated to the boiling point. In addition, the water bath technique allows a more evenly heat the product. Best of all, if the top tube will be your handles to lean on the walls of the bottom, so the bottom of both vessels will not come into contact.
A water bath is sometimes used in cooking, for example, to melt the chocolate you need that way. On a water bath sometimes prepare cheesecake to the center is not cracked. Often the herb is required for a water bath. This method is also used for homework, as the sterilized jars with jam or marinade nothing like a water bath. On a water bath, convenient to cook porridge - then it will not burn and not "run away". also use this method for heating baby food and infant formula.
If you are engaged in soap making, also use a water bath to heat the soap base with different additions.
Do not confuse a water bath with steam cooking. for example, more dietary meatballs are meatballs, steamed. In this case, the upper vessel should have holes on the bottom, for example, it can be a colander. However, he should not touch the water in the lower vessel, and heating is due to the boiling hot steam in the lower vessel of water.
There are also laboratory water baths, they include microprocessor control and is intended for use in chemical and medical laboratories.
If the top vessel glass, on the bottom of the bottom container, put the cheesecloth or piece of fabric to the bottom of the glass is not hitting on a metal pan.
Advice 2 : How to cook in a water bath
In a water bath preparing the mass of products ranging from concoctions of herbs and ending child and diet. Of course, it is much easier to use for this process steamer, but by a conventional colander and pans, a larger volume can be obtained not less useful products.
If the house has no special duplex pans, the upper part of which is a tank with holes, through which will penetrate vapor, take an ordinary colander. You can also use shape and without holes, the main requirement is that it applies only to the fact that it should fit completely in a large diameter container.
Fill a large pot is the amount of hot water to reach the bottom of the colander or two-thirds covers the continuous capacity placed in it. It is important that the boiling water does not get into the containers with the products, otherwise the whole effect of the water baths will be lost, all the nutrients from the product will go into the water.
Put the saucepan on the fire and wait until the water in it boils. Immerse in the container of smaller diameter and capacity, which are products. If it's meat patties or meatballs, you can lightly grease the pan with oil to avoid sticking of meat.
After boiling, reduce heat and cover the pan with a lid, this will keep inside the tank a sufficiently high temperature. The readiness of the product is determined by the sample and taking into account the recommendations of specific recipes. For vegetables requires 30-40 minutes, depending on their density. The longest stewed cauliflower and carrots. Meat can be cooked longer, but here a great role plays the thickness of the piece.
Water bath allows you to cook without using fats, which makes meats more diet. Vegetables, steamed, retain all the vitamins and minerals, without giving them the broth in which they could cook. Hence the advantages of meals for a couple is obvious.
Cook in a water bath just enough, just need to ensure that water from the main tank does not boil dry faster than cook the desired dish. For brewing of herbs or rose hips will take only 15-20 minutes.