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Cleaning Chocolate Molds

Started this discussion. Last reply by david ghobril 2 hours ago. 80 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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david ghobril replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"For cleaning molds. I clean only if A. I have a problem which shows up on the chocolate or B. It is a seasonal mold that is being put away till next year. I wash in warm soapy water and rinse in an acid (vinegar would work but I use citric acid…"
2 hours ago
Shelley Fields replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"Hi Ashley, I've used that method for years, but I'm looking for detailed instructions on using the sodium hydroxide method. I have no employees, dozens of molds, and I work in a 7'x9' space that makes heatguns impossible without…"
Dec 8, 2013
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
Shelley Fields replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"Has anyone developed a system that cleans their molds on a regular basis, and would you explain in detail how you go about it? I work in a home kitchen with a double stainless steel sink and use powdered food grade lye with mixed results. Should the…"
Dec 7, 2013
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Oct 30, 2013
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Chocolate molds and how to make custom chocolate molds

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 for suggestions of…See More
Oct 30, 2013
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Oct 30, 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
Christina Durta replied to Geetha Panchapakesan's discussion Custom chocolate molds in the group Startup Central
"You can have thermoformed made in polycarbonate; however, it is not going to be the same as an injection molded product.  I once talked to Micelli about getting a custom polycarbonate and the price was around $7,500.  It is a major design…"
Apr 30, 2013
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Are you looking to start a chocolate business? Want to talk to others who've been there or done that - or have you been there and done it and want to share with others? This is the place to discuss it.See More
Apr 30, 2013
Christina Durta replied to Brian Pelletier's discussion Custom Chocolate Molds
"I have a website that is all about how to make custom chocolate molds if you want to learn more about how to do it yourself.  See http://www.thechocolatemoldfactory.com/Make_Custom_Molds.html"
Apr 30, 2013
Julie Hinton replied to Christina Durta's discussion Cleaning Chocolate Molds
"I once had difficulty getting my molds clean.  However I bought a standard Bosch dishwasher which has a disinfectant cycle that gets hotter than most dishwashers.  I believe that the heat factor is important for the complete elimination of…"
Dec 5, 2012
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

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Most memorable chocolate experience:
Trying to figure out how to temper chocolate correctly.
My favorite chocolate is:
Cocoa Barry Plantation Madirofolo

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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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