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Cleaning Chocolate Molds

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shelley Fields Dec 8, 2013. 79 Replies

I just made a batch of chocolates that taste great, but have bloom.  I am suspecting the problem is the molds were not properly cleaned as there was no bloom on the chocolate on the bottom of the…Continue

 

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Ashley replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"This is how I was taught to clean polycarbonate molds: 1) clean each cavity with a cotton ball and vinegar 2) wipe each cavity dry with cotton ball or make up applicator 3) use heat gun to lightly warm cavities then polish wtth a foam/cotton make up…"
Dec 7, 2013
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Nov 17, 2013
Tom Micklin replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"Sorry - should have done a little  more research before posting. The FDA said essentially the same thing as the lab guy."
Jun 14, 2013
Tom Micklin replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"Hi Brad, I can't find anything like this from any of our commercial vendors. I did find it at a local Chemical Supply company, but it's what they call "Technical Grade". Do you know if this would be safe for molds? The lab guy…"
Jun 14, 2013
antonino allegra replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"Hi All,  being absent for a while..busy re-locating my factory. We buy SH directly from a chemical factory in liquid for (40% concentration), the crystals are just 100% pure so you need to be careful with the amount used and take enormous…"
Nov 7, 2012
Greg Gould replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"Greased Lightning leaves a scent on your molds so don't use it.  I tried it on a mold I never use.  Dawn and water got rid of the film.  I'll try Sodium Hydroxide again later."
Nov 6, 2012
Greg Gould replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"Tried it again with very very hot water and doubling the lye and I still have a film, just not as thick.  I wish I had access to whatever solution you're using Brad, as I just have food grade lye, and now I'm out of that.  A few…"
Nov 6, 2012
Brad Churchill replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"1.  you didn't use HOT water 2.  you didn't use enough Sodium Hydroxide.  The water should be pink.   Dry them right after either with compressed air, or a microfibre cloth.  They will look like new."
Nov 2, 2012
Greg Gould replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"I got a film on every mold.  I don't know what to do next.  Clean them all by hand with soap?  What went wrong?"
Nov 1, 2012
Greg Gould replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"I used Sodium Hydroxide (lye) today for the first time and it worked pretty good.  I used 15 cups of water to 2-1/2oz of pure fod grade lye.  I thought the solution would do everything but some crevices on the undersides needed to be…"
Nov 1, 2012
Stefano Zullian replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"Thank you very much for all the information that has been shared. Would anyone please share supliers or brands used. Thank you Stefano"
Aug 27, 2012
Andy Ciordia liked Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
Aug 25, 2012
Brad Churchill replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"We've been using it weekly on the same polycarbonate molds for 4 years.  If it hasn't broken down the mold by now, it never will."
Aug 24, 2012
antonino allegra replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"Hi All, an update:  my friend (chemical engineer) says that 1 cup per 40 lit (S.H diluited at 40%) is safe (-ish) , just to be careful if in a concentrated form.  As for any "Hydroxide" chemical, there is risks of skin burn. So…"
May 1, 2012
antonino allegra replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"Thank Brad, we buy it directly from a Chemical Company, and we are still trying to figure out how much S.H.  per  liter of water. we started with about 100 ml for ca 25 liter of water , and it works as quick degreaser but the molds have a…"
Apr 27, 2012
Brad Churchill replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"The sodium hydroxide solution we use comes already bottled and somewhat diluted.  I purchase ours from a commercial food service company, and the bottle states that it's safe for use in food establishments on food equipment for degreasing…"
Apr 23, 2012

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Trying to figure out how to temper chocolate correctly.
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Chocolate molds and how to make custom chocolate molds

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 1:00am 0 Comments

I have a website, blog, and Facebook page that is primarily about chocolate molds and making custom chocolate molds - The Chocolate Mold Factory.  I started this in 2007 and have been researching chocolate molds since.  I have taken CAD/CAM/CNC courses and have seen the use of 3d printers.  I have also taken some professional chocolatier courses.  

I am looking to connect with people who are interested in chocolatiering and using/making professional molds.  I am also looking…

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