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Stylish, simple to use, easy to pack away
on 12 September 2012
This is the compact model for 1-2 people. That is for a full meal but if your just doing veggies you can do enough for up to 3-4 people.
This is fantastically simple to use, I have used a Tefal before so didn't need the manual but you fill the base up with water to the line that corresponds to the time you want the machine to run. Sound complicated? You want 30 mins fill to the 30 mins line. The machine will boil the water and steam until the water runs dry and the like a kettle boiling dry the machine will turn off. You do need to turn it off at the wall if you want the machine to be actually fully OFF. I don't like leaving things turned on anway and this machine is MEANT to be used and then packed away, so if your using it properly, no power switch shouldn't be an issue!
Talking of packing the machine away. Once cleaned the steaming baskets just turn over upside down and stack within each other, then you take that stack of baskets and pop it over the base and put the top on. It all stacks into a very small space and is excellent for popping in a cupboard or in my case leaving it on top of the microwave oven under the cabinets. Neat and tidy.
Here is a tip if your cooking chicken, fish or pork pop it on a plate first as the white stuff that oozes out of those meats is a pain to clean from ANY steamer I have used, save yourself the trouble and pop it on a plate as I say. Otherwise its easy to clean.
Great for veggies, you can't beat steamed veg, best way to cook and keep in the best of the veg and you also don't need salted water which is even healthier. Add a little salt after cooking if you desire it.
I cook a lot of chicken, fish and veggies in mine, they are also great for warming hot dogs and if you fancy something different pop a home made beef burger on a plate, let it cook and for the last 3 mins pop some cheese on top, for a steamed burger (they're all the rage in certain states in America!)
Also why not peel an apple or a pear and pop them in for a quick tasty dessert? Sprinkle with a little cinnamon when just taken out and maybe some squirty cream? Feeling adventurous? Try a home made steamed pudding.
Oh and if your always burning the potatoes you can't burn them in a steamer! LOL