How to work with compound coatings.

Things to Remember for Compound Coatings:

  1. Working with chocolate works best in ambient room temperature of 68°-75° degrees F.
  2. Avoid processing chocolate in high humidity conditions, humidity levels below 50% are best.
  3. Compound Coatings need only to be melted to a temperature of 90°-92° degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Compound Coatings are oil based, so never let water come in direct contact with them.
  5. If you are adding flavors, they must be oil-based. Most extracts are water-based.
  6. Store in cool dry and odorless environment.
  7. Do not store in refrigerator or freezer because condensation will form when removed. This will add water to the Compound coating and will cause it to thicken when melted.

How to Melt Compound Coatings

Double Boiler Method

  1. Heat water in the bottom of the double boiler - remove from heat before water boils You should be able to touch the water without burning your hands.
  2. Place the top pot (or bowl), with a small amount of Rainbow Coating, on the top of the pot with hot water. The water should not come in direct contact with the compound coating.
  3. Stir until melted; continue adding compound coating until the desired amount of coating is melted.
Microwave Method
The following is based on a 600 watt microwave. Microwaves generate extreme heat. Based on your wattage, you must determine the proper heat setting for your microwave.
  1. For one lb. of Rainbow Coating, cook one minute on high. Stir.
  2. Continue cooking on medium in 15 second intervals, stirring each time, until the Rainbow compound coating is fully melted.
  3. If working with many colors, use canning or mayonnaise jars for each color. Once melted, just place in warm water bath during use. Put lid on for storage.

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