Advantages Steamed food is healthy
Disadvantages poor design
Beware. By buying this machine I have learnt that not all steamers are the same. If you’ve read my first opinion on the Tefal Easy Steamer I borrowed you’ll know that I was sad when I had to give it back. That sadness was intensified when I decided to buy my own steamer and it wasn’t as good as the Tefal. Why didn’t I just buy my own Tefal one? It was because I wanted to save a few pounds and the Rosemary Conley Steamer has a blue lid and rice bowl (blue being my favourite colour). It also said it had a Flavour Scenter which sounded fun. I’ll try to be impartial in this opinion and not harp on about the Tefal I should have bought.I bought the Smart Steamer for about £35 direct from the Rosemary Conley website because my local Argos didn't have them in stock. This website needs work - At least if I'd got it at Argos I would have had a money back guarantee.
This steamer consists of:• a lid with 4 little steam vents
HOW TO USE IT
It comes with a little black and white instruction booklet and an A5 full colour recipe book.
Put the steamer on a stable surface away from cupboards or other objects that can be damaged by the steam.Pour at least a jug full of pure water into the water basin (the base). Do not put any oil or seasonings into the water basin!
Place the drip tray over the water basin. In the middle of the drip tray there is a round hole with a kind of mesh disc suspended in it. This is the Flavour Scenter Screen. If you want to you can put herbs or spices on the flavour scenter and supposedly this adds flavour to your food.Place the food in the basket(s). If you’re using more than one basket, put the food that needs the most cooking time in the bottom one.
Put the basket(s) on the base and the lid on top.Plug it in then use the + / - buttons to set the timer to the desired time. Steaming will begin within 30 seconds.
At the end of cooking time the timer rings and if you’re not ready to eat it automatically goes to the keep warm mode and the “keep warm” icon will flash.
After 20 minutes the steamer will beep then turn off in 2 minutes.
When you’ve eaten, the steamer should be cool enough to clean, dry and put away.The removable parts can be washed in a dishwasher. The basin should be cleaned with a damp cloth.WHY DO I REGRET BUYING IT?/DISADVANTAGES
- The baskets do not have removable bases so not only can I not cook a whole chicken in them, they are not as easy to clean as they could be.- The instructions tell you not to put any flavourings into the water basin. I gather that this is because putting anything other than pure water in the base would damage the steamer. Yet the drip tray with the flavour scenter screen actually allows flavourings to go through to the base. Surely the point of the drip tray is to stop “contaminated” water from the steaming process from going into the base?
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