How to Perfectly Melt Chocolate Without Burning It
Although you can melt chocolate in the microwave, it’s not a foolproof method. BBC Good Food advises microwaving chocolate in 20 second increments to prevent it from burning. You should also wear oven mitts when mixing, as the bowl will heat up quickly. Speaking of stirring, BBC Good Food also recommends removing the spoon between intervals to prevent overheating.
If you want a more reliable method, with proper stirring and maintained temperature control, the double boiler method guarantees silky smooth melted chocolate without any risk of burning. Southern Living describes the trust method by explaining how a bowl filled with chocolate is placed over a pot of water heated on your stove. The steam from the water heats the bowl and, with constant stirring, melts the contents of the bowl. This indirect heat guarantees chocolate without burning.
Before making chocolate covered strawberries, it’s important to follow a few general steps when melting chocolate, whichever method you choose. Better Homes & Gardens suggests not only keeping the temperature low, but also stirring continuously as the chocolate heats up. Most importantly, keep water away from your chocolate and keep all your containers and cooking utensils dry to prevent the chocolate from getting gritty. And if you plan on using melted chocolate for dipping purposes only, you might want to take the process a little further.