How would it be to be able to steam vegetables, fish, sea food like shrimps or crab legs inside your microwave oven, thus significantly reducing your cooking time on the stove and still preserve all the vitamins and nutritious juices of the veggies all in one basket, for a healthy, full meal with no fuss and no effort? How easy would it be to have a recipient to be able to cook two dishes in the same time, while conjuring the microwaves power to offer you a full meal with two courses? That would be great, isn’t it? Today we will take a closer look to the Handy Gourmet 2 Tier Microwave Steamer, put some veggies in it, power them up and see if this kitchen gadget is so spectacular as advertised.
- The Handy Gourmet 2 Tier Microwave Steamer is marketed as being a kitchen gadget allowing people to steam vegetables and other food products inside their microwave ovens, as the product fits all major microwave models, having the following dimensions: 9 1/2″ diameter x 3 3/4″ h
- It can cook two meals in the same time due to the “shelves – like” construction, while the whole gadget consists also in a lid and a base holding the water.
- It speeds up the steaming process
- The Handy Gourmet 2 Tier Microwave Steamer is marketed as being dishwasher safe
- The Handy Gourmet 2 Tier Microwave Steamer is built in plastic that looks cheap and thin, vulnerable to tearing and deformation
- Although it is marketed as being dishwasher safe, the heat in the dishwasher deforms the gadget
- The poor construction of the steamer and the low quality plastic make it also vulnerable to microwave heat
- If manually washed, since it consists in 4 large parts, it takes a lot more time to clean than a traditional steaming pan or pot
- While it allows cooking two dishes at a time, if you place inside foods that differ much from the cooking time’s point of view, one of the foods may remain raw, while the other one over – steamed
- It is difficult to taste and test the food inside, as you have to stop the steaming process, take the steamer out, verify for taste and remaining cooking time and start over again, an issue that stops the process and loses heat.