12" - 14" wide stainless steel double boilers are must-haves for any kitchen that serves fine dessert dishes. They are commonly used to perform tasks such as melting chocolate, sugar and caramel that are added to many popular dessert dishes. Although they are most often used to prepare sweets, double boilers provide a gentle cooking method that is ideal for a number of other foods. They work by boiling water in a bottom pan and placing food in another pan on top of the boiling water. Steam circulating under the top pan heats food slowly and evenly. 12" - 14" wide stainless steel double boilers are an ideal size to cook multiple servings and large portions at once. They are constructed from high quality, kitchen-grade aluminum that is durable, able to withstand high temperatures and dishwasher safe. Their natural steel finish makes them an excellent addition to any home or professional kitchen.