Posts tagged ‘Gadgets’

I Love My Steamer!

Time for a new feature of “Mind Your Peas and Cukes” – Gadget Reviews! In my life, I have bought many a kitchen gadget and small appliance. Some are good, some are bad. Today I threatened to throw my food processor off the balcony – but that’s a different story, for a different gadget review.

My steamer is pretty much the best gadget I have. It steams vegetables, grains (including rice), and just about anything else – it even makes hard cooked eggs for you non-vegans in the crowd. Best of all, it can be left alone with the responsibility of cooking for you. Unlike many rice cookers, whose heating element sits close to the metal bowl that holds the rice, this steamer steams the rice in a bowl held away from the heating element so that it never burns. This is also more convenient post-eating, since it makes the steamer easier to clean.

As you can see in the picture to the left, my steamer is a double decker steamer that can steam multiple things at a time. I paid an extra $10 for this feature, and now regret it since the only time I want to steam things separately is if they take different amounts of time to cook – and then trying to add one basket mid-steam generally leads to burns and other unpleasantness.

This appliance is named the Black and Decker Flavor Scenter Steamer, because it allegedly has a place that you can put herbs so that they will flavour the food as it steams. I have never tried this since I generally plan to do something with the steamed vegetables post-cooking, but it sounds lovely.

In Canada, the Flavor Scenter Steamer is generally available for $30 – $40 depending on size and number of tiers. I recommend it highly.


June 3, 2008 at 5:15 pm 3 comments



*All entries tagged "vegan" and "gluten free" meet those dietary requirements to the best of my knowledge as long as the vegan or gluten free instructions are followed (where applicable). It is always wise to double-check ingredients (especially when dealing with packaged foods) and to confirm ingredients and preparation methods at restaurants.