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I used a double boiler to ymelt my chipits,   When I dipped my cookies and they dried they were very dull.  Next batch I added some shortening and it looked lovely but when they dried,
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posted at 12/22/2012 10:05 PM EST
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I used a double boiler to ymelt my chipits,   When I dipped my cookies and they dried they were very dull.  Next batch I added some shortening and it looked lovely but when they dried, they too were dull.  What am I doing wrong?

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posted at 12/23/2012 5:51 AM EST
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Joan - with a double boiler it's very unlikely that you burned the chips.  I microwave ... I add a bit of shortening only if the recipe demands it.  I'm always happy with the results.
One time I removed some cookies from the zip lock bag in the freezer and did not reclose the bag properly and the next time I needed some the chocolate was all dull.  So dull I had to toss them.

I haven't helped you a bit - I hope the next person will!

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posted at 12/23/2012 7:07 AM EST
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In Response to melted chocolate:
I used a double boiler to ymelt my chipits,   When I dipped my cookies and they dried they were very dull.  Next batch I added some shortening and it looked lovely but when they dried, they too were dull.  What am I doing wrong?
Posted by Joan C


You may be melting at too high a temperature.You should not let the chocolate melt at any higher than 120* take the double boiler off the stove when it reaches 115*.Make sure no moisture is getting into the chocolate.Check out the link belowThis should answer your questions
http://www.verybestbaking.com/resources/baking-school/articles/seizing-morsels.aspx

Re: melted chocolate

posted at 12/23/2012 9:14 AM EST
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As above, I melt my chips at a low temp - seems to work just great - good luck!

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posted at 12/23/2012 9:28 AM EST
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I like to melt chocolate  in the microwave.

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posted at 12/23/2012 4:48 PM EST
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I also melt mine in the MW and never have a problem with dullness.  I leave them in there until some appear melted and some look unmelted.  I stir and they all get melted.

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posted at 12/23/2012 4:51 PM EST
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When I use a double boiler I use a low heat and it takes longer but I like the results better.
I use the microwave also .

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posted at 12/23/2012 5:30 PM EST
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I almost always use a double boiler, and most times I add a TBsp of crisco.  Seems to work fine.  The only time it gets dull is when I freeze the cookies, but the shine comes back when they thaw.

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posted at 12/23/2012 8:31 PM EST
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IThanks Nancy - even though they were dull.....they were good.n Response to Re: melted chocolate:
Joan - with a double boiler it's very unlikely that you burned the chips.  I microwave ... I add a bit of shortening only if the recipe demands it.  I'm always happy with the results. One time I removed some cookies from the zip lock bag in the freezer and did not reclose the bag properly and the next time I needed some the chocolate was all dull.  So dull I had to toss them. I haven't helped you a bit - I hope the next person will!
Posted by Nancy G

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posted at 12/23/2012 8:34 PM EST
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Thanks to all of you for your responses.  I think I had the heat too high.  I'm going to try the micro wave next time.  Another excuse to eat more chocolate!!!!!!!!!

Re: melted chocolate

posted at 12/23/2012 10:07 PM EST
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I too melt my chocolate in the microwave. I melt the chips or bars for about a minute on high, stir really well. If they aren't yet melted, cook for about 15 seconds and stir well again. Keep doing this until they are fully melted.

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posted at 1/2/2013 7:46 PM EST
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If you are melting to coat candy, pretzels or other item to get the chocolate to get that shine and snap we associate with chocolates you need to temper the chocolate.
It is a difficult process to do at home but not impossible.  Do a quick search for tempering chocolate for full instructions.
When I am coating pretzels or other items I melt 3/4 of the amount of chocolate that I want to use then once it has melted I add the other 1/4 and stir that in until it also has melted.  This is a short fast version of tempering but it still lacks the shine. 
I really do not care if my chocolate covered pretzels, truffles, crackers or cookies are shiny as long as the chocolate firms up and they taste good that's all that counts.

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