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Old 02-27-2008, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I am thinking of buying a steamer and maybe an electric grill too. I love steamed fish and vegetables but have always been wary of using a steamer for some reason.

Would you recommend it ? Would you recommend an electric steamer or is a bamboo one better ( I tend to prefer non electrical gadgets generally if I can avoid them as they are greener)?

Regarding electric grills, which brand/type would you recommend ? Are they easy to clean?

At the moment I have a cast iron grill pan which is OK but the food always stick to it and it's a nightmare to clean.

Any loved and tried recipes for both steamed and grilled foods?
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:49 AM
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Location: Lincoln, UK
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I am thinking of buying a steamer and maybe an electric grill too. I love steamed fish and vegetables but have always been wary of using a steamer for some reason.

Would you recommend it ? Would you recommend an electric steamer or is a bamboo one better ( I tend to prefer non electrical gadgets generally if I can avoid them as they are greener)?

Regarding electric grills, which brand/type would you recommend ? Are they easy to clean?

At the moment I have a cast iron grill pan which is OK but the food always stick to it and it's a nightmare to clean.

Any loved and tried recipes for both steamed and grilled foods?
Hi Moose - just spotted this!

I would hugely recommend getting an electric steamer. I got a second hand one from a colleague several years ago and it's been used almost daily. My boyfriend bought a bamboo one but never used it because it's such a pain to clean. I ended up getting him an electric one and he uses his very regularly too.

It's so easy to use, and if you rinse the trays under the tap the second you turn the veg out, it doesn't usually need washing properly either (depending on what you're cooking of course). Veg tastes so much better from a steamer than pan boiled, and it doesn't get very wet so it takes very little draining. My mum has been a pressure-cooker devotee for about 40 years and I've even converted her!

if you're worried about safety, I've become rather blase about it and I've accidentally scorched myself slightly ("ooh!") but never badly enough to need to run anything under the tap - unless you put your hand over the top vent where the steam is most concentrated (even then not particularly) you're going to struggle to do yourself much harm. If you're careful you're in no danger at all. The only time I've come a cropper is when I'm trying to be clever and move things about while it's still steaming! Which I do quite a bit admittedly....

Get one today!
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:55 AM
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Location: Lincoln, UK
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Incidentally my staple favourites in the steamer are asparagus (6-7 mins) and sweet potatoes, which I mash up with a tiny bit of cheddar

It's also much easier to peel a squash if you steam it for a bit!
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Old 02-29-2008, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Incidentally my staple favourites in the steamer are asparagus (6-7 mins) and sweet potatoes, which I mash up with a tiny bit of cheddar

It's also much easier to peel a squash if you steam it for a bit!
Gosh, that sounds gorgeous. I love asparagus.
Thanks for the recommendation. What brand do you have ?
I suppose someone as clumsy as myself should consider safety but I'm willing to take the risk !

A lot of friends have one of those trendy George Foreman grills and seem besotted with them and I am seriously considering getting one as grilling is so much healthier but I can't make up my mind.

This from the woman who has spent about 15 years agonising over buying an ice-cream maker....
I did finally get around to getting a juicer 2 years ago and I have to say I do love it.
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Old 02-29-2008, 07:09 AM
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Location: Lincoln, UK
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Gosh, that sounds gorgeous. I love asparagus.
Thanks for the recommendation. What brand do you have ?
I suppose someone as clumsy as myself should consider safety but I'm willing to take the risk !

A lot of friends have one of those trendy George Foreman grills and seem besotted with them and I am seriously considering getting one as grilling is so much healthier but I can't make up my mind.

This from the woman who has spent about 15 years agonising over buying an ice-cream maker....
I did finally get around to getting a juicer 2 years ago and I have to say I do love it.
I can't remember what brand I have actually, it's absolutely ancient! It might be a Swan actualy. I think the one I bought my other half was a Tefal. You want one with at least 3 stacking baskets - nice big ones. My biggest tip is not to overload each basket or the steam won't get through. If you do asparagus, stack it like jenga (basket weave type thing) as it lets the steam through better. They steam beautifully and give you that perfect texture that's not soggy and not crunchy. I'm sure you'll be fine on safety - if you've not hospitalised yourself with hot wax yet I'm sure you can deal with a bit of steam

I've got to get off now but if you want anything else DM me, or I'll try to remember to look in here next Monday. Have a bon weekend!
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Old 02-29-2008, 07:17 AM
 
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Gosh, that sounds gorgeous. I love asparagus.
Thanks for the recommendation. What brand do you have ?
I suppose someone as clumsy as myself should consider safety but I'm willing to take the risk !

A lot of friends have one of those trendy George Foreman grills and seem besotted with them and I am seriously considering getting one as grilling is so much healthier but I can't make up my mind.
This from the woman who has spent about 15 years agonising over buying an ice-cream maker....
I did finally get around to getting a juicer 2 years ago and I have to say I do love it.

I absolutely love my George Foreman grill-it is wonderful. I have the one with the removable plates and you can throw them in the dishwasher. I use it for chicken, steaks, bacon, veggies, etc. etc. etc. I grill asparagus on it too! I make quesadillas(sp) on it. I personally could not live without it.

Nicolem
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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My favorite thing to steam is brocolli. Yumm!

I don't have an electric steamer, though. Just a little metal steamer basket(?) thing that I put in my large stock pot. It works great and cost me $5 and it goes in the dishwasher!
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I have a black and decker electric steamer. I like it. It has a rice bowl, I use it to make rice more often than veggies.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: CO
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I make perfect smashed potatoes in my steamer. i also love to just toss in potatoes, squash, mushrooms and some peppers makes a great side dish.
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