best surface for tempering chocolate
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In my super small scale bean-to-bar tempering, I like using a large pyrex glass bowl and silicone spatula to do my equivalent of "tabling." I put the bowl in the refrigerator to get it mostly cold, then pour a small portion of chocolate directly from the grinder into the bowl. If the bowl is too cold and everything solidifies, I add more chocolate from the grinder. If I initially used too much chocolate and it never gets down to thickening temperature, I put the bowl in the fridge for a couple minutes, then stir, repeating until I get the temp/consistency I need. Then, I add the rest of the grinder chocolate to the bowl and start molding.
I'll only do this with a new bean origin to initially get tempered chocolate. I'll use a seed method with future batches of the same beans. I'm a big fan of using a hard cheese grater (like for Parmesan) to make my seed - finely grated melts much easier than larger pieces.