May 23, 2006
Does anyone know where I can find metal rods for chocolate making? I came across these on a chocolate course a while back but have still not managed to locate a source for them.
They are essentially pairs of rods having rectangular cross-section for containing confectionery (chocolate or filling) and acting as a levelling guide prior to cutting and dipping/enrobing. It is generally useful to have a couple of sizes (depths) to achieve different thicknesses.
Short of going to B&Q and buying a metal rod to cut into lengths (which is not ideal because the range of depths is not great), I have no idea where to look!
Any help would be appreciated.
September 30, 2004
they're called rulers (i have no idea why) checkout this
there's also a discussion at egullet.com in the pastry arts forum somewhere that discusses using local metal shops to get bars made for less...
March 2, 2007
I'm one of the people who posted on the eGullet thread about this. I went to a local metal supplier and got a 12 foot length of 6061 aluminum (3/8 inch x 3/4 inch) cut into 12 pieces. It cost me $38 for the material and labor.
Caramel rulers are usually made of stainless steel. The aluminum is cheaper but lighter - fine for ganache (especially since I put the rods on a Silpat) but probably not heavy enough for caramel. I'll eventually get some in different heights - my supplier has a wide range of sizes available.
May 23, 2006