“ Brand: Wilkinson / Product Type: Steamer „
I first saw this product when I was at my friend's student house a couple of years ago. Originally it baffled me as to what it was as when folded up it looks quite strange. After using it I found it to be a very good product and so I went about purchasing one. This folding metal steamer can be bought from Wilkinsons.
--- The Steamer ---
The steamer is made from a thin metal that is perforated all over with small holes to allow steam to pass through. On the bottom of it there a 3 feet, each 2cm long which sit on the bottom of your pan. This holds the steamer high enough above the water in your pan to allow your vegetables to be steamed correctly.
When closed up, the steamer is 6cm tall and 13cm in diameter. To open it out you simply pull from the middle outward and it will open out to give a large steaming area 24cm in diameter. This means that it can be used for pans ranging from 13cm to 24cm in diameter to cook different amounts of vegetables.
In the middle of the steamer there is a small metal handle that sticks out 2.5cm from the base. This is quite handy for when you want to remove your food, however as it is metal it does get hot so I usually use a hook to lift the steamer out. I find that I can usually pile quite a lot of vegetables on this, enough for 2-3 people. I have found that you should put vegetables that take longer to cook on the bottom and then build up from that. Potentially you could stack these on top of each other inside a saucepan, however I have not tried this before.
I have had one problem with this which is the folding out section is made up of many small pieces of metal. These are attached to the base by a small hook and I have found that these can come loose quite easily. This has caused them to fall off when washing, which isn't the biggest problem, but it can be annoying.
This steamer is much easier to store than conventional steamers as it is much smaller and I usually store mine inside a pan when not in use to take up less space.
--- Where To Buy ---
I have only ever seen this steamer in Wilkinsons where it can be bought for the great price of £3. You can also buy it online at www.wilkinsonplus.com
--- The Verdict ---
As this is such a functional product that makes cooking vegetables healthier and easier and as it so well made for such a good price, I am going to give it 5/5 as it is well worth the money. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to eat healthier vegetables without having to buy a big expensive steamer.
Thanks for reading.
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Foldable vegetable steamer