There are some positives and negatives with this product that sort of leaves me sitting on the fence about whether to recommend it or not however on balance I would find myself toppling off onto the recommend side of things. Better known for its non stick products this steamer was a nice addition to the range when it was launched however it does feel like it is rather cheaply made and it is the build quality that is for me the biggest negative. That is mainly because now after about three years it is on its last legs, unfortunately I cannot remember exactly how much I paid for it so I have no price information to share.
There steamer has a white base which contains all of the controls, these are pretty basic and easy to operate and there are three containers for the food and it is topped off with a green lid, there is also a drip tray as well to capture any water. It is easy to fill it with water and a viewing screen so that you can check that it is not over filled and to see when the water level is getting low. It is then just a question of loading up the containers with the food you want to prepare ad setting the timer.
The main design weakness for me is with the plastic clips that connect the base to the food containers as they are the place where this product is most likely to break, this is where my current model is about to fail on me as the clip already has a hiarline crack in it which has proven difficult to repair so I reckon it is just a matter of time before it snaps off completely.
Cooking time is not bad, I like my veg to be nice and crisp so it does noty have to be on for too long and it is also good at cooking fish and rice as well. The food has a nice consistency to it when cooked, it is not like the location of the food in the container affects the quality of the end product.
It is a shame about the build quality because otherwise this would be an excellent purchase however the lack of longevity has to cost it a couple of stars in my opinion.
---Why I Buy This---
I am not a very adventurous cook but I wanted a basic type of steamer which would cook vegetables easily. I began with a steamer instead of a pressure cooker as I would put potatoes on to cook while I went and collected son from school - and the steamer ensured we had hot food waiting for us when we got back home - and it was safe as it would switch itself off when cooking was completed.
Tefal is a French cookware and small appliance manufacturer owned by Groupe SEB. Its name is a portmanteau of the words TEFlon and ALuminium. Tefal is known for creating the non-stick cookware. (Wikipedia.)
Over the years I have had a few of these machines - all of which varied slightly - although none of mine had stackable baskets.
The Tefal Steam Cuisine food steamer is 3 tiered and has three baskets.
(I have had a few baskets with fixed bases but most come with removable green plastic bases which also have indentations to take eggs.)
There is a white rice bowl.
Green plastic lid.
White base with turn knob, power light and timer plus window to view water level.
A round funnel to fit in the base and funnel steam upwards.
A white drip tray to collect the water than falls back from the food.
Some have a plastic divider to separate food in the baskets.
Some have a little clip on handle.
Dimensions for use (hxwxd) -38x32x25cms.
Using a steamer could not be easier.
* You put boiling water into the base unit up to the fill line.
* Insert the round funnel type piece of plastic which directs the steam up the centre of the steamer.
* Insert the drip tray on top.
* Place food in the baskets - not too full - and place on top of drip tray.
* Place on lid.
* Plug in and switch on.
* Turn timer to required time.
* Check that there is sufficient water in the steamer during cooking - if the level gets too low add more via the hole by the handles.
I have had a few of these Tefal 1000 Turbo Steamers over the years.
I did once find them unobtainable and bought one from Argos - a big mistake - it ruined our Christmas dinner by failing to cook the potatoes - so it ended up in the bin - as son said - it was not even worth giving to a charity shop.
So left with no steamer - well I had the base but the baskets were broken - I found I could pick up spares from Ebay - and this is what I have been doing for the last few years.
The bases always function perfectly - and the whole unit cooks food really well - but as others have mentioned the removable bases have a really bad problem - the clips on the bases snap off and you end up with baskets but no bases - so they are effectively useless. We have even had one snap in half through wear.
I only use my steamer for vegetables and it will cook potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and swede in about 30-35 minutes.
i always spread the vegetables throughout a few baskets and that way they cook better.
The removable bases are supposed to ensure you can cook a chicken - which I have never wanted to do anyway.
I have also never cooked eggs or rice in it so cannot comment.
I do know though that the Tefal steamers do cook food reliably - so I stick to the brand and make I know and put up with the troublesome basket bases.
I have a bit of a stockpile of parts now so they should last me a few years.
I do not fancy buying another steamer that fails us (like the Argos one) and do not have a lot of money to buy a top of the range model - so for now I will stick with my Tefal Steam Quisine 1000.
I'm just sorry that I now have to track them down on Ebay.
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes definitely - for the steamer capabilities - I have removed one star for the very poor design of the basket bases.
This model now only seems available on the second hand market (Ebay etc) but Tefal still do a good range of more modern steamers which are probably equally as good and reliable - but more pricey.
As a student I can't really justify the expense of buying one of these, and nor do I have the worktop space for it. However, whenever I'm home, I use my mum's steamer whenever I cook vegetables, as she does.
The steamer has green translucent plastic bowls into which the food you're cooking goes. In other respects it is identical, same model, just a different colour. The steamer is quite big and takes up quite a lot of space, despite it being stackable. There isn't really a way of making it smaller than when you're actually using it, which is a bit of a disadvantage. However, if you do have the space and use it often, it can quite happily live on a kitchen worktop. Measurements are around 20cm by 30cm, and at least 50cm high with all three tiers in place.
It does need to be quite near to a plug as the lead is not especially long (around half a metre). The steamer can be taken apart for cleaning and the bowls are dishwasher-safe, which is great but again they take up quite a bit of space. Of course, you don't have to use all three tiers when cooking, but the ones you take off aren't collapsible and still take up the same space!
This steamer can cook pretty much anything. Vegetables are the only thing I really use it for: they come out lovely, slightly crunchy or very soft depending on the setting you use. My mum also uses it to steam fish, which is apparently much healthier than grilling or frying although I am not a fan. It's also used to cook potatoes instead of boiling, and it can do rice although I still prefer to do this on the hob, because it seems quite messy to do it using the steamer. The three tiers means that you can cook three different things at once, which is useful: you can cook a whole meal just in this.
As with most (all?) steamers I've come across, this has a simple timer. There are handy pictures on the steamer which remind you how long different things take. It goes up to an hour, but nothing ever takes that long.
As far as reliability goes, this is great. It's been going strong for around 10 years (!), and the only thing that is wrong with it is that the bottom of one of the bowls has cracked slightly.
This is available from Amazon for £25, and if used a lot this is a very good price for it.
I would recommend this steamer for those with enough space to keep it, and for those who would use it a lot, because otherwise it's quite a lot of money to pay for something that only gives occasional benefits.
4/5 stars. Not 5 because of the size.
TEFAL - A LITTLE HISTORY
Tefal is a French cookware and small appliance manufacturer owned by Groupe SEB. Groupe SEB is a leading manufacturer in small domestic equipment.
The name Tefal is short for the combination of the words Teflon and aluminium. In North America, Brazil and Japan, the company's products are sold under the name T-Fal.
Tefal is known for creating the non-stick cookware category. They invented the first non-stick frying pan in 1954.
Their mission is to make cooking and ironing easier and faster.
I am reviewing the Tefal Steam Cuisine, which is a food steamer. I had the 1000cl model but it also comes in a 700cl model as well.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
3 separate food baskets which have removable bases - the baskets and bases are made of plastic. Each basket has its own base which just clips into place. Its is then easily removed by just pushing up the base from underneath.
I had a problem with the bases, the clips that held them in position broke off very quickly and never actually sat in position correctly often resulting in the base falling through and causing my food to spill everywhere!!
The baskets and lids are fully dish-washable and are very easily stored away as the 3 baskets sit inside each other in order of size. The baskets are labelled 1,2 and 3. They fit on top of the juice collector in ascending order and then store away in descending order.
A lid - which fits on top
Rice bowl - the rice bowl fits inside the steam basket, water and rice go in the bowl and cooked appropriate time.
Juice collector compartment - this collects all of the juices and water from the food which is being steamed. A lot of people like to use these juices to make gravy. I must admit to have never tried it with this steamer.
Water tank - the water tank obviously holds the water which is used to steam the food. There is an element in the centre which heats up the water, a turbo ring is place around this element when cooking. On the front on the tank there is a water level indicator which makes it very easy to see if more water is needed when steaming - 1 litre capacity gives 1 hour continuous use, a 60 minute timer and an on/off light. The electric cable comes out of the back of the tank which needs to be plugged into an electrical socket.
There is a clip-it handle which just clips on to the top of each basket, this makes it easy to lift the baskets out without getting harmed by the very hot steam.
There is also a built in egg holder in each base, these are just dips in the plastic in which an egg fits.
A steam cooking recipe book - there are 8 sections in the recipe book, cold starters, hot starters, vegetables, meal and offal, poultry, fish, shellfish and desserts. There are a few recipes in this book which look alright but a lot of recipes which don't look or sound very nice, maybe I'm not very adventurous but rabbit and prune pate doesn't appeal to me at all. I've never tried any recipe in the book and am very unlikely to. The moist chocolate cake sounds nice though.
USING THE APPLIANCE
It is very simple to use. I mostly used it for steaming vegetables but quite surprisingly it can be used for so much more - fish, meat, rice, pasta, eggs.
In the back of the manual there is a list of foods and cooking times. Once you have worked out how long each food is going to take to cook you just place them into the baskets. So, when I steam vegetables I place the carrots in the bottom basket as they take the longest to cook, then I put the broccoli/cauliflower/green beans or whatever veg in the next basket and so on.
During cooking you just need to check the water level and top it up if needed. I hardly ever had to do this as it holds quite a lot of water.
The timer makes a 'pinging' noise and automatically turns off when the timer has run down to zero. The on light then goes out.
The steamer can get very hot during cooking especially when lifting the lid off and placing or removing the baskets - a lot of steam escapes and is extremely hot. The juice collector and tank also need to cool before emptying the contents.
It is a fact that when vegetables are steamed, they are less likely to lose nutrients, which is what happens when they are boiled.
You are less likely to burn food in a steamer.
You don't need to use oil or fat when cooking food, making it much healthier.
Meat such as chicken is a lot more moist.
In my opinion, vegetables cooked in the steamer taste far better than when they're boiled. I've noticed this especially with carrots, they have a much stronger taste to them.
The appliance is very easy to use, saves the need for all those saucepans.
Easy to keep clean, the baskets are dishwasher safe and the water tank just needs a wipe down with a cloth.
Easy to store, the baskets fit inside each other to help save space.
The only problem I had with the tefal steamer is the bases that fit into the baskets break very easily, mine broke very early on and then had problems with the base not sitting properly in the basket and causing food to fall out!
All in all, the concept of cooking food in an electric steamer is brilliant but I doubt I'll ever buy a Tefal steamer again unless they change the design of the basket bases! I currently have a Morphy Richards steamer and the it is designed much better.
PRICE - Unfortunately, I can't remember how much we paid for the steamer and I've failed to find the price online.
I am now on my second steamer (the timer button fell off the first). I have been using Tefal steamers now for about 3 1/2 years, and I love them. I dont know what I ever did without one.
I am one of those people who just hate it when the pan boils over. It drives me mad. I also hate having to watch for the pan boiling in order to turn it down. The other thing that annoys me is having to put different veggies on to boil at different times.
When I went to my aunts for dinner, she cooked all the veggies in a steamer, and they tasted fantastic, so I decided to look for one.
Searching around Powerhouse, I found the Tefal for around £30. I know that you can now pick up steamers from around £17, so the prices have come down, making them really affordable.
***The first attempt***
I was quite nervous about getting the cooking of the veggies just right, so I tried this out when there was just me and my husband. I added the water to the base up to the max mark. The ring goes around the heating element, juice tray on top. There are 3 containers for the veggies, so I put the potatoes in the bottom, just like my aunt. Carrots on the next level, the cauliflower in the top, with some cabbage laid over the top. I set the timer for 30 minutes, and just left it.
I have to say, the vegetables still tasted much better. It was very noticeable how watery the boiled vegetables must have been when I used to cook them in a pan. Since that day, there has been no going back. I cannot remember the last time I used a pan for vegetables. I also use the steamer for fish, and have also used it for chicken. They also taste great.
The food tastes so much better then when boiled, and it isnt at all watery. All the veg can be cooked at once, so no more timing it in stages. You can cook chicken, veg, fish, apples, pears, rice, pasta. If you are a little more adventurous, try rabbit, pork, shellfish, and maybe you'll have some ideas of your own.
It comes with a get started recipe book.
You can save the water from steaming to make gravy, sauces etc. The steamer doesn't boil over like a pan does, and it is very easy to clean.
The bases can be removed to cook larger items such as whole chickens, lobster etc.
The removable bases need to be treated with care as they can crack.
You cannot add any seasoning to the food whilst cooking.
***Ease of use***
This is so easy to use. The water goes in first, the ring goes over the heating element, juice tray next, then it is just a case of stacking the containers, and putting on the lid. Once plugged in, you turn the dial to the time required, and off it goes. You can add bowls part way through if you something which just needs to be heated through, but I normally just put everything in together, and then I don't have to think about it any more.
The timer goes PING when it has finished cooking.
You can use the steamer to cook eggs, but they tend to take longer than using a pan. This is about the only thing I use pans for these days.
If I had to pick one portable item in the kitchen to keep, this would be it. I don't know what I ever did before.
I have never used another make of steamer, so I couldn't comment on how much better or worse they are than others.
For anyone without a steamer - you don't know what you're missing!
Well, so did I. I knew that I shouldn't, but it always seemed like the 'best' bit, all crispy and crunchy! I always told myself, 'right, that's it, I will throw the skin away next time then I won't be tempted'. Did I? Did I eck! Well, now I have found a way to cook the moistest, healthy chicken without having the temptation there. Steam it! No, I never imagined steaming chicken pieces before, probably because I didn't have a steamer (does help) and I thought they would be chewy or tough. Nope, if you do already have a steamer and haven't tried cooking poultry in it yet then give it a go, you aren't using it to it's full potential. If you haven't got a steamer, then why not? Probably like me, you thought only 'Health Freaks', 'Trendies' or 'Veggies' used them! Well, the reason I bought mine to be totally honest, was I had £30 worth of gift vouchers to use and didn’t have a clue what to buy with them. I know £30 is a lot when you are short of a few pounds but when you are limited to where you can use them you sometimes spend them on something you don’t really need. This is what I did when I bought this steamer. I thought, well, I don't really 'need' it but I have a kettle, toaster, etc. etc I'll use them for that. Wow! Am I glad that I did? This must be one of the few pieces of specialist equipment that I use every single day. Unlike other steamers this has hundreds more holes in the bases of each tray to allow more steam through to the food. Also the steam starts immediately, no need for the water to heat up. The other main advantage is the base of each tray clips out; brilliant for cleaning. However, the main reason is to allow you to cook a whole chicken or joint of ham in there. Ok, so you could cook a whole chicken
in a steamer without removable trays but it would only be a Poisson or two (even then you may have to cut it in half and flatten it)(now there is an idea!). The main thing when cooking poultry is to remember to put veg in the trays 'above' it or you will get fat dripping onto your vegetables. Anyway, you must put the food that takes the longest in the bottom tray, next longest in the one above etc. I must admit I don’t buy a lot of fresh veg. The price is probably the main reason and frozen is a lot more convenient for me. A lot of frozen veg have the steamer cooking times on the bags, which I have never noticed before (Iceland does anyway), which is quite handy. However, I tend to add about 5 minutes to these cooking times because although the food maybe cooked, it tends to cool down rather quickly. Make sure that you have a window open when you use your steamer, sounds a bit obvious I know, but it's something that I didn't think of when I used mine for the first time, the neighbours probably thought I was mad! (Nothing knew there then). Scalds...Yes, I did know that steam is hot, but not THAT hot. Yes, I did scald myself recently, just by being careless. Is it cooked enough I thought, I’ll just raise the lid 'away' from me, that way I won't get scalded WRONG! DON'T raise the lid whilst the timer is still on without wearing oven gloves and no way peer into the steamer thinking you will be ok unless you want to go for skin grafts! To be totally honest, I think steamed food takes a little getting used to if you were served the old 'cooked until nearly a pulp' school of veg like my mother. You tend to wonder at first, is it cooked properly? Should it be this firm? Well, yes it should! You will be left with the healthiest, vitamin enriched, colourful veg and the moistest poultry that you can imagine.
I haven't tried fish yet, purely because we aren't keen on it (except prawn curries) but my mother-in-law tells me that it cooks it to perfection. You do get a clip on plastic handle with the steamer which fits onto the base trays to make it easier to lift out the fish but I really don't see the point to be honest! I think the only thing that I don’t enjoy (as I haven’t got a dishwasher) is cleaning the trays especially if I have just cooked chicken. This is the only minus point of having so many holes in the trays, they get clogged up. But, I have just found the perfect cleaning solution, a ‘nail brush’! Makes unblocking the holes a breeze. The only other thing is the heating element in the centre of the steamer becomes discoloured after a few uses, so you need to clean it by using a mixture of white vinegar and water and leave it switched on for about 25 minutes. Now, the manual says to do this after 7 – 10 times, but I think it depends on what you cook. I find that if I am steaming potatoes the element is left with a brown coating on it so I should clean it more often (whether I do or not is another matter). Make sure also that if you are cooking something for a long time to check the water level throught the visible indicator. The timer can be set up to 60 mins but you would have to check, refil and I would think pour some of the water out of the collecting tray or it would overflow. So, all in all, a brilliant steamer which I am really glad that I bought. I just wish that I had bought one years ago. Oh, and by the way, if you decide to try your poultry in there I normally find that I can fit at least 18 drumsticks between the 3 trays and they take 40 minutes to cook! I then divide them into 3’s, strip the meat off them and freeze them in cooking sauces, ready for the week ahead. Simple, healthy and cheap!
When moving house recently to my surprise a close friend gave me the Tefal steamer aqua timer as a house-warming gift. I personally would have been happy with a bottle of wine, id never used a steamer before and wasn’t sure how nice steamed food really sounded. But I thought what the hell ill give it a go! The steamer comes with two steam bowls and a rice bowl. It is easy to put together with easy to follow pictured aided instructions. Then all you have to do is start cooking. First you pour in the amount off water you need depending on the cooking time. Then put your vegetables in the bowls and turn on, and that’s it it’s that easy! When cooking time is up a bell rings and steaming is automatically stopped so you wont end up with limp soggy vegetables. A variety off foods can be cooked in the steamer in under an hour including, chicken, fish, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, peas courgettes and cabbage. My personal favourites are the potato and carrots, which come out tasting divine, as the natural goodness and flavour are not lost in cooking this way as they can be done in other methods. You can also cook desserts in here as you can steam apples and pears, Delicious! The steamer is east to clean, as all the parts are dishwasher safe and descaling is not a problem either you just put vinegar in the appliance instead of water. No hassle at all. I though rally recommend this steamer to anyone who wants to eat healthier or just doesn’t have the time to spend ages over a hot stove.
Buy one of these and you will wonder how you managed to live without it. I bought my Tefal Steam Cuisine at Argos about two weeks ago and since then I haven't used my microwave or cooker. Everything has been nice and healthy and steamed. Well, there's just me to cook for so it suits me fine to just switch on and leave it to cook. A little while later and hey presto! My meal is ready to eat. The steamer looks like a tower and it has three seperate oval shaped compartments all placed on top of each other. The bottom of each compartment or bowl comes out and it has little holes in it to let the steam through. You put water in the bottom and set the timer to cook (the booklet that comes with it will tell you how long each kind of food needs). You do have to work out which food to start cooking first and when to add the next but the instuction book makes this very easy. Just have the bowls of food ready to go in when the timer pings. Take care when lifting the lid or removing bowls as steam is actually hotter than boiling water and you can get a nasty burn. This was the first thing Idid, scalded my hand..ouch! (But that was my fault, not the steamer's.) There is a special bowl for cooking rice or pasta. There are holes in the bottom of the bowls to cook eggs in and even dividers so that you can seperate a bowl and cook more than one vegetable in a bowl.This is an amazing piece of equipment that will save you money on fuel and make life much simpler (once you get used to it.) Imagine putting a whole chicken in here, setting the timer and going to watch TV until its time to put in the vegetables. Then when it pings again your dinner is cooked. Its very healthy too as you use no fat to cook and you keep all those important vitamins in your food by steaming (they don't go into the water). Best of all your food, especially vegetables, keeps its colour and looks better.
I’m lazy. Didn’t I mention that before we were married? Oh, sorry. Must have slipped my mind, what with the wedding present fiasco and those seating plan decisions (ahhh, happy days, when my life had a purpose). Anyway, it’s better for you to find out ten years down the line than not at all, isn’t it? Buy me a Tefal Steam Cuisine and you might be forgiven. Don’t act the innocent; this is as much your fault as it is mine. And you’re the one that wants a meal on the table when you come home, after all. I’m quite happy with a bag of crisps and an apple. Vegetables, eh? What a performance. You have to peel them, cut them up, turn on the ring, get out a saucepan, fill it with water, boil it, add the vegetables, bring back to the boil, stir, check the time constantly to make sure you don’t over cook them, drain them, and then maybe, just maybe, if you got everything right, serve them up and eat them. It exhausts me just thinking about it. And don’t get me started on the washing up. Knives, chopping boards, peely things, saucepans, lids, spoons ... the list isn’t endless but you can see it’s heading that way, can’t you? If you want to see a vegetable again, buy me a Tefal Steam Cuisine. I admit the peeling and cutting steps cannot be completely eradicated unless we hire a cook, but I’m not asking for that today. I can peel, I can cut, but anything more than this tends to make the room start to spin. Buy me a Tefal Steam Cuisine or the vegetable gets it. I’ve left the page of the Argos catalogue open so you can see what a Tefal Steam Cuisine looks like. What do you mean, you haven’t got your glasses on? You don’t wear glasses. Oh, I see, this is a clever excuse for allowing me to describe it otto voce. Nice one. Picture then, if you will, a tower of three oval plastic compartments (hereon referred to as ‘bowls’), one on top of the
other, fitted securely onto a base with lots of cute little drawings of foody things on. The base of each bowl is removable and has small holes in. Imagine those three bowls full of food – any food at all, from vegetables (fresh or frozen) to meat or fish to rice or pasta and back to vegetables again. Now visualise filling the base with cold water via the little spouty hole at the side and turning the little dial clockwise to the required number of minutes. And now imagine walking away, putting your feet up and watching TV or reading a book or doing something equally idle, while the steam filters merrily upwards through the little holes in each level, cooks the food to perfection, and then considerately goes ‘ping!’ rather loudly when finished. Admittedly, you have to give a bit of thought to the different foods and the different cooking times. But the instruction book is very complete, and contains a list of approximate cooking times for varying weights of different foods. Because there are three levels, you can start off cooking, say, some rice, then after ten minutes, stick another bowl on the top with your broccoli in. Give me a bit of graph paper and a pencil (blunt) and I’m sure I’ll be able to work it all out. Oh, and you do need to use a cloth or oven glove when removing the lid or adding extra bowls during cooking– steam might look nice and fluffy but it actually hurts quite a lot! Did I say that the compartment bases are removable? Yes, actually, I did, and if you’d been paying attention you would have known that. My point is that you could even stick a big thing like a whole chicken in there by fitting all three bowls and removing all the bases to make one big bowl. Are you starting to see the genius of the thing now? Hold that thought. There is a special little bowl that fits inside the big see-through bowls for cooking rice and pasta and other things that need a damn good soaking. Jus
t add water and you’re away. There’s a compartment divider, for keeping different foods separated, if the fancy takes you. And there’s a little handle that slots into the compartment bases so you can just lift the base and the food out without it all crumbling apart (like fish does sometimes just to taunt me). As if that’s not enough to convince you, they have even gone to the trouble of putting some little holes in the base of each bowl for you to cook eggs in. Tefal, eh? All those years of pushing discrimination laws to breaking point by only hiring people with disproportionately large foreheads have really paid off. Think of the energy that’s being saved! No need to have the oven, the microwave and three rings working all at once on the stove. Everything is done by this one little machine. And if you or indeed I am clever enough to fill the base with warm water instead of cold, the cooking time will be reduced still further. Think of the savings in the electricity bill. Not to mention my own energy, leaving lots of calories available for … oh … other things. Think of the vitamins being saved from an untimely death! When you boil vegetables, you lose up to 75% of the vitamin C content and much of the beta-carotene (the vegetable form of vitamin A) when you drain away the water. I won’t even stoop to mentioning frying (…..damn). With the Tefal Steam Cuisine, you don’t need to add any fat and almost none of the vitamins are lost. The health benefits are mind-blowingly far-reaching! (Tell me if I start overdoing the enthusiasm). Oh, I know what you’re thinking. Don’t cram the food in too tightly, leave room for the steam to circulate. Yes, yes, that’s obvious (but I’ll make a little note anyway in case I forget). And when steaming large amounts of food, a good old stir halfway through will go down a treat. I’ve even heard it said that you should try
and use food of roughly the same size to ensure equal cooking (which is probably true of all cooking methods) but if this is unavoidable to put the smaller pieces in the top bowl. It all makes perfect sense, I’m sure. When you’ve finished, all you have to do is tip away the water that has accumulated in the water-accumulator bit at the bottom, serve, eat and enjoy (or in the order of your choosing). Oh and wash up. There’s nothing in the instructions that says it’s self-cleaning, at least not the 1000cl model and as that’s the top of the range I reckon it’s a general drawback. It wouldn’t be so bad but the bowl bases with the little holes in don’t look all that easy to clean, unless you’re one of those efficient people who wash up immediately (jeez, get a life). But you can put them in the dishwasher, so maybe you ought to buy me one of those too. Just a thought. They even throw in a little recipe book to show you how easy it all is. I have every confidence that even I would be capable of cooking Chicken Jambonette En Papillotte or Charlotte Russe … if I should ever want to, that is. I’m sure even you could manage to rustle up a Baeckeoffe or two if you put your mind to it, which is comforting for you to know just in case I should ever die and not be able to get your meal ready. The answer’s still no, is it? I thought it might be. That’s why I took the liberty of getting one myself. (IR)£39 from Argos – a snip! I’ve even discovered that you can use to open other people’s mail without them knowing, so it has recreational uses as well (ha). Taking into account the health benefits, electricity savings, its easiness and the free time it leaves me, I think it’s excellent value for your hard-earned money. And I’m worth it. (The price of £39 quoted above is in Irish pounds. This is Dooyoo UK & Ireland, after all. You
can work out the sterling for yourself. Oh I can never resist you when you look at me like that. Off the top of my head it’s probably around £33 sterling. When did you say you were joining the Euro?).
I have a Tefal Turbo Diffusion Gourmet Steamer, it is good as it has three basket layers, and each one has a removable floor. With it, being turbo diffusion it gives you instant steam, you can put the water in from the outside even while your food is cooking. It is good as you can cook so many things at once; it even has a removable stock-tray to keep the cooking juices. On it is an automatic timer, which has a bell that tells you when your food is done. Inside you also get a free recipe book with some good recipes in it? I like it because you can cook so many things at once, and only use one burner on your cooker, and it cuts down on condensation if your kitchen is damp.
I bought a Tefal Turbo 3 tier steamer when I started to wean my son as we all know that veggies keep thier goodness better when steamed than boiled. I took the plunge and ordered a 3 tier because hepefully it will last me well into the time when I am cooking for 3 grown ups!! I do all my veg in it! All I need to do it fill the bottom with water and put the veggies in the top, set the timer and leave it to do it's own thing! No watching for it to boil and no making sure it is simmering. Veg tastes good and you have the added knowledge that you have retained far more godoness that if you had boiled it. It's so much easier! I do rice in it too. It has it's own rice baowl and you just add 100g rice to 200ml water in the rice bowl in addition to the water in the bottom. It's so easy!! It's easy to clean, although it does need descaling from time to time, and it looks good too. I definitely recommend it.