“ Brand: Tesco / Product Type: Steamer „
After throwing away my two-year-old Beaba Babycook I decided to buy a non-plastic steamer. I looked at various types of steamers and steamer inserts but the most appealing was the Tesco Go Cook 3 tier stainless steel steamer with pot and glass lid. This is exactly what I wanted, a steamer with a few tiers to fit my cooking pots. It costs £16.00 but for this money the quality of the product is very good. Although the steamer insert is not non-stick I have not had problems with it. May be I have not cooked anything that could really stick to it.
I use the steamer insert mostly for cooking fruits for my toddler son. And I can assure you that it steams fruits very well. My son loves eating steamed apples and pears but I have also tried to steam other fruits such as plums, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, black currants and apricots. From the vegetables I have tried steaming sliced beetroot, carrots, cauliflower, parsnips, butternut squash and broccoli. Cauliflower and broccoli take the least time to get cooked. You should check the broccoli after 3 minutes of steaming and the cauliflower after 5 - 7 minutes. They loose their taste if they are overcooked.
For steaming various fruits I do this:
- wash fruits and berries
- peel apples (e.g. Braeburn are just delicious) and pears (e.g. Conference) if desired. Cut them in two or four and remove the core
- de stone plums or apricots
I do not mix fruits in the insert because some of them take longer to get cooked. For example, the 1st layer would be pears* or plums with their skin to the steamer. 2nd layer would be the apples. Insert the steamer in the cooking pot filled with water. The level of water should not reach the bottom of the steamer insert so the fruits would not be boiled in water.
Check the fruits after 10-15 min of steaming. If they are almost ready add some berries such as blueberries, black currants, raspberries or strawberries. Cook for approximately 5 minutes and that it. You can serve the fruits with cinnamon and cream (e.g. single cream, clotted cream, custard). The juice can be very rich which you can drink or make a jelly.
I would advise you to check your fruits regularly, every 5 minutes once the water starts boiling as I cook for my todler son and he loves his fruits slightly overcooked.
This steamer insert is not suitable for cooking rice.
I hope you find this helpful. I cannot compare this product to other steamer inserts as this is my first one. However, I can only imagine how the food would be cooked using a multi steamer consisting of two or more steamer inserts on the top of each other. You could decide which fruits or vegetables to cook in one insert and what to put into another one. I might buy a multi steamer one day but for now I am happy with this one.
P.S. I also used the steamer insert for sterilising baby glass bottles, spoons, spouts, teats etc. It did an excellent job!
*Usually apples get cooked very quickly, much quicker than the pears. You might add apples to pears after approx. 10-15 min of cooking or just cook everything separately. Try to experiment.