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When Lauren was around 5 months old, I attended a weaning class at my local Sure Start Centre where they talked us through what foods to start introducing, fluids etc. They recommended that the best way for vegetables to be cooked is for them to be steamed as the vegetables keep all their goodness and nutrients. We did not have a steamer at home so afterwards I went straight to Tesco's and brought one for less than £10. Unfortunately, within a week, this broke and although it was covered under guarantee I was not filled with confidence so I asked for a refund and went home to do a bit more research and find a different model. I spotted this one at Amazon, it was reduced in price, bigger than what I had before and as Morphy Richards was a brand I had heard of, I decided to buy.
The base of the steam is very simple in design, made up of black plastic and polished stainless steel, it loos very nice in my kitchen and matches the décor. It has four anti-slip feet which is always a bonus as the last thing you want is steaming hot vegetables or boiling water being knocked over. On the front of the base, there is a 60 minute timer, you can set this to whatever time you require and an alarm will sound when the time limit is reached. Also on the front, and one of the best features I think this steamer has is a visible water gauge so you can see how much water is left (the previous one I had didn't have this and it was a bit of guess work when I thought I needed to fill it up again!).
With the steamer, you get 3 trays which stack nicely on top of each other as there is a slight size difference; they are all translucent so you can see you vegetables cooking nicely. You also get a lid and a rice tray.
There are a couple of things to note when using the steamer, although these may seem like common sense (as my other half told me when I did them all) I suppose that 5 months of little sleep, my baby brain had started to take over:
- Don't place the steamer near or under cupboards/kitchen cabinets (I placed my quite close to one of my kitchen units and all the laminate started to lift off the doors!)
- The steamer gets quite hot, when you remove the lid, don't hang your face straight over it otherwise you may end up having a mini facial!
- Each tray and the base of the steamer has easy grip handles on the side, use them, otherwise you might get your fingers burnt
I found the steamer really easy to use, fill the reservoir with water, place the trays with my chopped vegetables inside, set the timer and off you go. There is an instruction manual included which indicates how long it is recommended to cook each type of food for however I just used my judgement. When cooking the vegetables for Lauren, I used to leave them for a bit longer than recommended.
I actually use the steamer now for our Sunday dinners rather than boiling my vegetables in the pans so it has proved to be a good buy. The vegetables definitely taste nicer and have more taste to them, but not only do I cook my vegetables, I also cook my meat and fish in it too (this was something I didn't even know you could do). I am not much of a cook and I have never mastered the art of a nice Sunday dinner but with the help of this steamer, I now can make one and it edible too! The steamer has definitely given me confidence when it comes to cooking, before Lauren was born, I would have never dreamt of cooking fish but I tried cooking salmon in this and Lauren absolutely loved it - I am so glad I brought it as I have been able to introduce foods to Lauren that we wouldn't normally have, whilst also making sure any vegetables she eats, still contain all the nutrients they should have.
The water reservoir holds around 9 litres of water, it uses know where near all of this when I cook for the whole family so again, I don't have to worry about the water running out and breaking the product.
When it comes to washing, the trays are all dishwasher safe, so I just place these straight into the dishwasher. The base cannot go into the dishwasher so I just wipe this out this a damp cloth. The trays wash really well and when is comes to storing, they sit nicely into each other so don't take up to much room in the cupboard.
The steamer retails for around £40, I paid half this at the time as it was a few years ago and also reduced. It is available from Amazon, Argos and electrical retailers such as Comet, Currys etc.
Overall, I would recommend this steamer, I have been using now on a regular basis for over 4 years and the steamer is still going strong. I would give 5 out of 5 stars as I cannot find any fault with the steamer what so ever.
Thanks for reading.
Food Steamer / Morphy Richards 48755 3 Tier Stainless Steel Steamer / Steaming is the ultimate method of cooking for healthy eating as it retains the natural vitamins minerals and moisture in food plus negates the need for added fat / Nutritionists and health experts are constantly extolling the benefits of Steamed food and as well as coming with their seal of approval / 3 tier Steamer / Three compartments for cooking different food Fast Steam Production 9 Litre capacity 1.1 litre rice container Easy fill handles Easy store stacking system Removable drip tray Visible water gauge / Short name: Morphy Richards 48755