Originally Posted by Kahuna
Hi! I used for the first time this weekend to make a diamond for a ring, the effect was pretty cool but there were a million tiny bubbles in it. Should I have tapped the mold after I poured it in, or is it because I didn't skim it before I cooled it? Also how do you clean the hardened from your microwave after you foolishly tryed to reheat it in a plastick container that melted and got the all over your microwave and counter?
My microwave and I thank you for any tips!!
To reduce bubbles, allow the isomalt to cool down a bit & stop bubbling before pouring it. Pour it from a height, 6-8 inches above the mold. Tapping doesn't do much good.
If it was a silicone mold, they "off-gas" when having very hot things in them, so isomalt will pretty much always bubble. You can hit it with a hot torch and that will take care of the surface bubbles.
To re-heat in the microwave, first of all, you need polycarbonate, silicone, or glass vessels. You should also never add fresh/cold isomalt to warm/hot isomalt & try to reheat that. That equals big trouble.
You can soak pots, etc., to get it out, but I have no idea about the interior of a microwave.--sorry.