From poaching fish to sealing in vegetable goodness, food steamers are one kitchen gadget that truly offers many benefits. They're cheaper than you think, can be used for so so much more than just broccoli and offer many nutritional benefits over boiling, baking, frying and broiling. It's no wonder so many of us have started steaming more and more. So we've taken a look at the best food steamers around, and highlighted what to look out for when buying your food steamer.
With all of our steamers, we considered a number of factors before coming up with our top 3. Versatility, convenience, timers and water gauges all factored into our rating system to come up with our top three.
Oster CKSTSTMD5-W 5 Quart Steamer
( 4.2 out of 5.0 )
Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer - 5.5 Quart (37530A)
( 4.3 out of 5.0 )
Ovente FS53W Triple Tiered Electric Food Steamer
( 4.2 out of 5.0 )
When thinking about a food steamer, many of us consider the nutritional benefits. And absolutely there are definite advantages to steaming your food rather than boiling, baking or broiling. But there are also other reasons to use a food steamer.
We'll talk in a little more detail later in the article about the nutritional benefits. But remember, there are more reasons that just nutrition to use a steamer.
There are a few different features that different food steamers have. Take a look at our summary below and decide which are important to you and your family.
You will see many of these functions featured amongst our top three.
Well yes! There is no doubt. When it comes to vegetables studies have been performed that in no uncertain terms show their health benefits. Take broccoli. Broccoli is a source of sulforaphane which is protective against cancer. The enzyme myrosinase in broccoli is needed for sulforphane to form. But both microwaving and boiling broccoli destroys myrosinase, meaning sulforaphane doesn't form. So the vegetable no longer has cancer-fighting properties. The best way to preserve myrosinase is to steam broccoli.
But there are other advantages too. Steaming removes the fat from meats. So when cooking beef or lamb in your food steamer, fats are easily removed compared to baking, grilling and frying. So your meal will be lower in calories and cholesterol.
When steam cooking, the vegetables are kept as close to their natural raw state as possible whilst still heating them up. This means they retain more color, taste, juices and freshness. ?
It is important to note, that we have only included electric food steamers. You can also purchase trays that sit on top of your pots on your hob, and use those to steam your foods. This is a great option if you want a smaller, easier to store and cheaper steamer. This review however, only looks at the electric food steamers.
This product is so versatile. It has two baskets but the center divider can be removed to create one large basket. It has the automatic warm function and digital touchpad. Plus it has a digital (and very accurate) touch pad. A great food steamer.
It is a brilliant all around steamer. Love how it is stackable, love the automatic warm function and love the digital touch pad. Really great product and a great deal too.
Just one thing. The plastic contains some BPA, and so is not suitable preparing baby food. If this were also BPA free, this would be a 5 star product! BPA, or Bisphenol A is deemed safe to use in food contact. However, since 2012 when the FDA amended its regulations, it is no longer considered safe for baby bottles and sippy cups. Many parents therefore are weary of using a food preparation item for food to be eaten by their babies.
A great steamer, works really well and is dishwasher safe. A lot to like about this product. It is a lower price to our other two products, and arguably has slightly less specifications. But it is definitely a great deal for someone on a lower budget.
It works really well, is excellent value for money and has some great safety features including automatic shut off when cycle complete/ water is empty.
The timer is a dial timer, which is less accurate. Also it would be good if you could remove the central divider to create one large basket.
This is the steamer for you if you have a large family....or appetite. It's a larger model with three layers and includes a rice bowl!
If you have a larger family, appetite or need then this is the steamer for you. Vegetables, eggs, rice, meat, fish. All can be steamed at once with this steamer. Great steamer and good value as you get a lot with this one!
We would have loved a handle on the lid with this one. We did find that without this, removing the lids was a little hazardous). This aside, a great steamer for a larger family.
We loved the Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer. It is versatile, it stacks and it has automatic food warming and a digital touchpad. On top of that it offers nested storage and you can remove the center divider to fit a variety of large foods. A great food steamer that will suit most needs. Highly recommended!
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