Double Boilers

To cook delicate foods, there's nothing quite as effective as a double boiler. It is also quite useful in warming food.

Generally, a double boiler consists of two pans; the lower pan, in which water is placed to simmer, and the upper pan, into which goes the food. Remember to use them on gentle-to-moderate heat.

When in a pinch, you can create a makeshift double boiler by placing a smaller pan (for the food) inside a larger one (for the water), and elevating the smaller pan with a trivet of some sort, to keep it from touching the hot bottom.