Advantages easy to use
Disadvantages none so far
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My daughter has been going on about buying a steamer for ages and last week we went into Safeways and saw them on the shelf priced at £19.99. I was surprised at this price as I have seen them in Curry's for £30 and every being the one for a bargain I decided to buy one.The first thing to do when you get your steamer home is to wash all the compartments as you never know how long it has been boxed and on the shelf.
So, you have your steamer cleaned and ready to go.What you get.
How to use
Be careful where you place your steamer as it has to be out of the reach of small children, not near any plug sockets, curtains or under shelves as putting it near anything which will be damaged by steam might be unwise.
Fill the reservoir to the max mark which is about one and a half pints of cold water. This gives you about 40 minutes of steaming and should be enough for most thing you might want to steam.
You can top the water up if your steaming something which takes longer, but remember it's very hot and wear oven gloves to do this. You don't need to add any salt to your vegetables when steaming as this might damage the element. Once you have filled your reservoir with water fit the first basket on top of the diffuser, each basket is numbered so you can see which is which.
Put the food which takes the longest to steam in the bottom basket, then the next longest in the next basket and the least longest to steam at the top basket.
Pack the food loosely in the baskets and if you are steaming a lot of vegetables layer the vegetables in the basket as leaving spaces between the vegetables will allow the steam to circulate.
DO's and Don't's
Don't put frozen meat in the steamer defrost first.
Don't fill over the max mark or the water might overflow and cause damage to the element.
Don't use foil or paper to line the baskets as you'll block the steam holes.
Don't use near or under shelves or plug sockets.
Don't put it in reach of children.
Here are a few of the cooking times required for different foods, I won't list them all but just give you and idea for some of them.
As you can see some take longer than others so you can judge which goes higher up in the baskets than others.Some recipes
Chicken in Lemon and Ginger Marinade.The marinade:-
Steamed Chocolate Pudding150ml single cream
Heat the cream and milk in a pan but don't let it boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate and half the sugar, whisk the eggs with the salt, vanilla essence and remaining sugar. Let the milk mixture cool before pouring over the eggs and sugar.
Pour into a dish cover loosely with foil and steam for 20 minutes until set.
What I think
Well , I'm hooked I love my steamer. It's so easy to use and the vegetables taste so different than boiled one's. not only is it more tasty, the recipes are simple and easy to follow.
The unit is easy to clean and the baskets store inside each other when not in use. I like watching the steamer when it's on and it saves all the steam from the boiling pans steaming up the windows when I'm making Sunday dinner.
As well as saving me the hassle of washing up pans, I've found the steamer cooks things to perfection and there is not dried on food which you sometimes get on pans which have been on the boil.
It cuts down the risk of burning things or boiling them dry if you leave it unattended then it doesn't really matter. The timer will turn it off when it's done, not like a pan which can boil dry.
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