Polycarbonate Care & Instructions
Expand the topics below to get the most out of your polycarbonate chocolate molds.
For the greatest longevity, wash the molds as seldom as possible.
Handwash in lukewarm water, using little soap. Be sure to use a mild liquid dishwashing detergent. If needed, use a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cotton wash cloth. Hand dry with a soft cotton towel.
- DO NOT WASH IN A DISHWASHER OR USE HOT WATER. This can permanently damage the mold...
- Do not use abrasive detergents…
- Do not use steel wool, scrubber sponges or other abrasive materials…
- Do not use sharp objects inside the cavities…
- Do not expose to extreme temperatures, hot or cold... keep molds away from ovens, cook tops or other hot surfaces and do not place in the freezer.
- Be sure to dry the molds. Do not air dry as this will leave noticeable water spots in your finished pieces.
(any of the above actions can scratch or damage the inside of the cavities, this will inhibit the release and will be mirrored in the finished pieces.)
Use molds at room temperature.
- Fill, clean, dry mold with properly-prepared chocolate (see How to Temper Chocolate).
- Tap molds on counter top or work surface several times to remove air bubbles
- Using a bench scraper or offset spatula, scrape excess chocolate from the top of the molds. Excess chocolate inhibits release from the mold.
- Place on level surface in the refrigerator until set.
- Once set, remove from the refrigerator (usually 20 mins or less).
- Unmold the pieces from the mold by turning the mold upside down and give it a good strong tap on the countertop or work surface. Repeat until all cavities have been emptied.
- If you find that your finished pieces are sticking, you can polish the cavities with an eye glass cleaning cloth or a cotton make up pad to buff/polish the mold. This will aid in the release of the finished product.
Do not try to pry the pieces from the cavity, they will only release when properly set. Most objects will damage the finished pieces and likely the mold itself.
Tip: When using a mold for the first time, they tend to be a little more difficult to remove as the mold has not been “seasoned”. If possible, run a few “test” batches to start the seasoning process. The more they are used, the easier they release!