“ Tefal / 3 tier / stackable. „
I invested in a steamer a year or so back, and this is the model I chose, as Tefal is a decent name. The only difference is the panels to put the items on are green on mine and not clear.
If you are like me, you have a busy work life, and a busy family/personal life, so having to prepare and cook meals can sometimes be more hassle than it is worth. This is where this steamer steps in. It works using only water, and can cook a variety of foods and meals all together in one go.
There are 3 tiers, so you can put different food types on different levels according to how you want them cooked. Really simple to use, comes with guidlines on how long certain foods should be steamed too!
All you have to do is fill to the level with water, put your food in the trays, lid on, and select a time you want the steamer to be working for. Then you can sit back and relax, or, if you're like me, get some more work/family time in whilst waiting for the steamer to complete it's mission.
Well worth the investment, saves a lot of mess and time and is easy to clean up after.
WHAT IS IT?
A steamer that has got three levels for you to cook three difference things at once.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
To use this steamer you pour a little bit of water into the bottom, put your food into the bowls, put the lid on and set the timer. It is very easy to use and the water starts to get hot enough to produce steam very quickly so your food will start to cook straight away. When the timer has counted down to zero it will ping to let you know that your dinner is cooked.
WHAT DO I USE MY TEFAL STEAMER FOR?
I cook a lot of different things in my steamer and use it many times every week. Vegetables cook very good in it and so does fish, I do not like to steam meat because it does not make the colour go very pleasing and I like my meat browned when I have it. I cook rice in the steamer also because steamed rices tastes very much better than boiled or fried rice. I make use of the 3 bowls and because I am experienced with steaming food I know what to put in each bowl for them all to be cooked at the same time, you always must put meat or fish on the bottom to stop the juices from dripping on to other food.
WHAT I THINK
I am very happy with my Tefal steamer. It is easy to use because the bowls fit very snugly onto each other and the lid has got a tight fit so that more steam stays in the steamer and cooks the food instead of escaping into the air. There is only one thing to do and that is to set the time, when I first had my steamer it came with a book to tell you approximate steaming times for different food and that was very useful to look at when it was new and I was learning.
It is easy to clean and everything except for the base can be washed in a dish washer and they are always clean when they come out, I have washed them in the sink also but only if I have been cooking something like vegetables that needs only to be rinsed. If I have cooked fish I use the dish washer to make sure all of the traces have been removed.
Steaming is a very healthy way to cook because vegetables retain their nutritional values but you should be careful that you do not overcook vegetables or they will go soggy and then nutrition is lost. It can take a little bit of time to learn the timings but this steamer cooks very quickly so you should always take care to check the food if you think it is cooked, but be careful of the steam because when you take off the lid it will come out quickly and is hot enough to scald your skin.
I cannot remember what I paid for my steamer but think it was about £30 and that has made it value because I have owned it for 3 years and use it a lot, it is still in very good condition and does not even have a mark on it so I think I will have it for many more years.
5 Dooyoo Stars
Unlike the one in the picture, the one I use has green instead of white 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.
After having looked around a lot and scanned through countless steamers, we eventually decided to buy the Tefal Steam Cuisine VC102315 model. It was a real revelation that you can get such a useful piece of kit from a particularly reliable brand for a mere £20-25 that it cost us at the time and having previously steamed all our vegetables the old fashioned way above a pan, this certainly felt like a major step up.
Firstly, the outer design of the Tefal steamer is reasonably good. Brand new & out of the box, the frosted glass of the base unit and the plastic tiers look fabulous and extremely modern. The minor downside is that with time the gadget begins looking tired and worn due to the nature of the materials used.
Operationally, this steamer could not be easier.The unit is easy to take apart for cleaning & filling up with water and the mechanism feels solid. In terms of operation itself, you can use all three layers together, just two or a mere one depending on your needs and requirements.
The timer function is also very intuitive. You merely set the number of minutes you wish the steamer to operate for and off it goes until a satisfying click to tell you that the timer has reached zero.
Aside from a short power cable, common to many kitchen appliances and the looks, we could not fault the steamer in any way. Overall, a very solid piece of technology.
We bought this steamer when we were weaning our son. We were following baby-led weaning that requires in the early stage finger food and vegetables prepared that little bit softer than normal. For this, the Tefal Steam Cuisine was ideal.
It cooked almost everything perfectly, and pretty much according to the instructions, which was a relief, as you really don't want to be wasting any food. I think we were probably being a little over enthusiastic in opting for the three tier design as we rarely made use of all the levels at once, and you can't interchange them, say using the third layer if the other two are dirty, which is slightly annoying.
The plastic pots cleaned with little to no effort, but the actual steamer base is a little more difficult, needing citric acid or vinegar regularly to stop it from getting crusty and gross around the base. Even when this was used it never seemed 100% clean, though this might be the case with all steamers.
Now that our son is on solids though we don't really use it. It's quite big and we don't have loads of surface space, so it's been tucked away and forgotten about. That makes me wonder if we'd have been better off opting for a cheaper alternative. However I must say the veg cooked in it did taste extremely good, kind of fresher and untarnished, like it did when I was younger. I'm perhaps not appreciative enough of it, but I know it's there when I want it, which is nice.
If you're opting of this model, which is a little bit more expensive than most, I'd say only do so if you are committed to steamed food. In that respect it is a great little appliance.
My steamer which is currently buried in my cupboard from lack of use was something I used several times a week. The story behind having this steamer was that at Christmas my partner brought me one but before I got to use it a friend also had brought me one as a pressie too. We kept the best one and returned the other.
I was constantly using it until recently but I think that seeing as it is hidden in cupboard I forget I have it if that makes sense as previously it would be out on a worktop ready for use. It does store away neatly though.
This particular model has 3 clear plastic bowls which fit together snugly one on top of the other whilst cooking. The lid is also clear plastic.
It comes with a rice bowl but must admit have never tried to use it.
Each bowl has tiny holes in to let the steam through but not big enough to let food fall through.
3 different bowls makes it easier to keep foods separate whilst cooking.
It take just under a minute to heat up the water to get the steam going. Make sure you actually have it switched on at the mains as the timer will still carry on even if not switched on.
The timer can be set up to 60 minutes and pings when your selected time has finished. It has a safety cut off which means that if the water all goes it will cut off. The water which I didn't mention is filled to a certain level in the base of the steamer unit.
This steamer can be used for many things, I find I mostly use it for cooking vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, green veggies etc. On occasions I have cooked fresh fish inside wrapped in a bit of foil.
I like steaming my veg as it gives it a better taste then if they are boiled, It is like the boiling method takes all the natural flavours away. Especially steamed potatoes.
This steamer is currently on offer at Argos for £24.99 normal price is £29.99. It is a bit pricey and you can get cheaper makes but as you know Tefal are a well know brand and this will last for quite some years, Or I hope so anyway as I need to get mine back on the worktop so I remember to use it.
Short name: Tefal VC102315