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Steamers

Postby Jorpho » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:06 am UTC

I was rather fond of my microwave steamer - it was reasonably quick and it was extremely thorough, even though I did get a little nervous about all the pressure building up inside the microwave. Then I found out all the excess steam was corroding the magnetron, and it was back to the stovetop. Sometimes I would actually ponder getting a cheap, tiny microwave just for the purpose of being able to steam my veggies again, though.

Then today I finally realized that you can buy stand-alone countertop steamer appliances. I am intrigued! They're not even terribly expensive. Apparently some of them can even cook eggs!

Does anyone here have one of these devices? Do you have suggestions as to how I can go about choosing one? I've already got a rice cooker, so I don't think I want some rice cooker/steamer combo unit.

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Re: Steamers

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:18 pm UTC

I had a roommate that received one for either her birthday or Christmas one year when we lived together. Don't know if she still has it. I think it was a Proctor-Silex, probably ran the giver $20-30. My roommate mainly steamed cabbage in it, because she was dieting. We tried hot dogs in it once, and they tasted like the hot dogs you'd get at any baseball stadium or other similar sports arena, or at a restaurant in Atlanta called The Varsity.
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Re: Steamers

Postby Gia » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:12 pm UTC

My mom's used one of those since before I can remember. The only features I recall her ever caring about were a timer and a size sufficient to steam asparagus. I never had any issue with the flavor or texture of the veggies she made.

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Re: Steamers

Postby PAstrychef » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:05 pm UTC

I find counterspace too precious to give it to most of these kinds of equipment. A basket steamer and a pot with a good lid on the stove work just great. They're cheap and you can use them for plenty of other stuff too! Look at your rice cooker-it should have a "steam foods" setting. At least mine does.
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Re: Steamers

Postby Jorpho » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:18 pm UTC

PAstrychef wrote:A basket steamer and a pot with a good lid on the stove work just great. They're cheap and you can use them for plenty of other stuff too!
That's what I've been using. It seems a lot slower and less effective than my old microwave steamer, though. Plus it throws up that huge quantity of steam. I like the idea of something self-contained that doesn't require a stove.
Look at your rice cooker-it should have a "steam foods" setting. At least mine does.
No, mine is pretty much limited to "on" or "off".

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Re: Steamers

Postby podbaydoor » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:52 pm UTC

Most rice makers come with steam baskets. They've been a staple of my family's kitchen.
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Re: Steamers

Postby Rinsaikeru » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:38 pm UTC

You can probably still steam veggies in the rice cooker--you could probably use your stovetop basket. (Apparently they sell special baskets for rice cooker steaming--from someone over my shoulder).

Even if there isn't a steam setting--turn it on and see how it goes. Worst that could happen is not cooked or overcooked veggies, the best--you have a steamer now.
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Re: Steamers

Postby Jorpho » Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:53 am UTC

Managed to pick up a used Black and Decker unit today. It's this fancy double-basket model that's probably much more versatile than I'll ever need. It even has this special little spot for adding herbs through which the steam will pass. And it does rice.

I wish the instruction booklet was a little more verbose; maybe there's some recipe booklet online that I didn't get. It mentions something about steaming meat !? What's up with that?

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Re: Steamers

Postby podbaydoor » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:28 am UTC

Seems you can steam just about anything. I did steamed pudding for the first time last week.
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