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Steamers Buying Guide

Steaming is a fast and easy way to cook delicious vegetables while retaining their color and nutrients. Steamers come in a variety of types and styles. Decide if you want to control the cooking duration or set a timer to do it for you. Vegetables can easily become soggy and overcooked when steaming; a timed method is a surefire way to have crisp-cooked vegetables with your meals.

Types of Pots & Steamers

Types of Pots & Steamers

A steamer is a relatively fast cooking method. Food is placed in a steamer basket, set over boiling water, and covered. Steam from the boiling water cooks the food -- usually vegetables -- while helping to retain color and nutrients. Electric and microwave steamers come with cooking guides so the steam time can be set and the machine does the rest. A steamer basket is just as easy but requires the cook to pay attention to cooking time for perfectly steamed foods.

Steamer Baskets

A stainless-steel steamer basket fits into a bigger vessel and keeps moisture in with a lid that fits the pot. Very little water is required to steam foods. Some basket styles have adjustable sides to fit a variety of pot sizes. The steam time needs to be monitored for perfect vegetable doneness with this type.

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Thunder Group
$38.71-$104.99
at Amazon

20 Quart aluminum steamer basket for stock pot. Aluminum cylindrical steamer basket with perforated holes for steaming vegetables,... seafood, or deep frying large poultry. Fits inside stock pots, with easy lift pail handle. Smooth mirror finish that's easy to wash and maintain. Available in 20 to 80 quart capacity. Perfect fit for Thunder Group's aluminum stock pot: Item # ALSKSP001 read more

Progressive International

Progressive International is your source for the widest range of functional, inventive, and fun kitchen tools and great ideas put ...into practice. Our in-house designers spend hours in the kitchen coming up with ways to improve on a variety of traditional tasks and tools. Established in 1973, our commitment to quality and service allows us to offer a broad selection of quality kitchenware and other household products. This Stainless steel steamer basket protects flavor and nutrients in foods. The adjustable basket fits into different sized pots and features 1 feet that keep food above boiling water. Simply fold down for compact and easy storage when not in use. 11 diameter. Dimensions: 3.0 IN x 11.0 IN x 11.0 IN read more

Prepworks
$9.49-$10.49
at Amazon

Progressive International? is your source for the widest range of functional, inventive, and fun kitchen tools and great ideas put... into practice. Our in-house designers spend hours in the kitchen coming up with ways to improve on a variety of traditional tasks and tools. Established in 1973, our commitment to quality and service allows us to offer a broad selection of quality kitchenware and other household products. The 9" diameter easy reach steamer basket made from stainless steel and includes a nylon post which can extend from 3" to 6.5" tall. The longer post allows food to be piled high and still keep the knob within easy reach. 1.5" legs keep foods high above boiling water. read more

Black and Decker
$35.99 $39.99
at Sears

This Black and Decker 28-cup rice cooker and steamer automatically switches from cook to keep warm and has indicator lights for bo...th features. It also has cool touch handles, a serving scoop and a rice measuring cup. read more

Bamboo Steamers

Generally tiered to accommodate steaming more than one kind of food at a time, this style of steamer is a cooking fundamental in Asian cuisine. Like a steamer basket, it is placed in a cooking vessel with very little water. Because this steamer has a lid, any style of cooking vessel large enough for the steamer to sit in can be used.

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Island Bamboo

Island Bamboo Silicone Colander & Steamer, Red Two tools in one, plus a space-saving design. This colander/steamer comes in handy ...for everyday culinary tasks and food steaming, then it collapses flat for easy storage putting an end to the clutter caused by conventional steamers. Prepare healthy steamed vegetables with ease. This ingenious design folds down into two different sizes to fit shallow and deep pots, 10-inch diameter or larger. Use it as a colander for rinsing fruits, vegetables and pasta, and for collecting food scraps during food prep. Made of premium grade, food-safe silicone. Dishwasher safe. When it comes to great design, it's all about hue. Product Measures: 9 by 3.75 by 7 IN read more

Island Bamboo
$78.00
at Amazon

Two tools in one, plus a space-saving design. This colander/steamer comes in handy for everyday culinary tasks and food steaming, ...then it collapses flat for easy storage putting an end to the clutter caused by conventional steamers. Prepare healthy steamed vegetables with ease. This ingenious design folds down into two different sizes to fit shallow and deep pots, 10-inch diameter or larger. Use it as a colander for rinsing fruits, vegetables and pasta, and for collecting food scraps during food prep. Made of premium grade, food-safe silicone. Dishwasher safe. When it comes to great design, it?s all about hue. read more

Island Bamboo
$17.94
at Amazon

Two tools in one, plus a space-saving design. This 8-inch stand-alone colander/steamer comes in handy for everyday culinary tasks ...and food steaming, then it collapses flat for easy storage putting an end to the clutter caused by conventional steamers. Prepare healthy steamed vegetables with ease. This ingenious design folds down into two different sizes to fit shallow and deep pots. Use it to rinse and serve fruits and berries. Great for rinsing pasta or cooked grains. It?s a handy helper collecting food scraps during food prep. Made of premium grade, food-safe silicone that will not absorb food flavors or odors. Dishwasher safe. When it comes to great design, it?s all about hue. read more

Island Bamboo
$10.13
at Amazon

Two tools in one, plus a space-saving design. This 8-inch stand-alone colander/steamer comes in handy for everyday culinary tasks ...and food steaming, then it collapses flat for easy storage putting an end to the clutter caused by conventional steamers. Prepare healthy steamed vegetables with ease. This ingenious design folds down into two different sizes to fit shallow and deep pots. Use it to rinse and serve fruits and berries. Great for rinsing pasta or cooked grains. It?s a handy helper collecting food scraps during food prep. Made of premium grade, food-safe silicone that will not absorb food flavors or odors. Dishwasher safe. When it comes to great design, it?s all about hue. read more

Electric

Electric steamers manage the steam time for you. These steamers, which look like crock pots, come with a removable pot or bowl for holding the vegetables. Some three-tier steamers include warmers for keeping freshly steamed veggies warm while the rest of the meal is prepared.

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Accu Temp

Steam'n'hold Convection Steamer, Counter Top Electric, Holds (6) 12"x 20"x 2-1/2" Deep Pans, Vacuum Cooking, Manual Mechanical Tim...er Controls, No Water Or Drain Connections Required, 14kw, 440/60/3ph, 5' Cord & Nema L16-20p Plug, Energy Star read more

Cleveland Range

Cleveland Range - 22CET6 1 Powered by 208/240 Volts, 1/3 Phase. Weight 335 lbs. Width 21.63 in. Depth 34.85 in. Height 30.75 in. R...atings: UL,NSF,Energy Star. Cleveland Range SteamChef 6 Electric Boilerless Convection Steamer 6 Pan in Steamers & Steam Cooking at ACityDiscount read more

Accu Temp

Steam'n'hold Convection Steamer, Countertop, Electric, Holds (3) 12" X 20" X 2-1/2" Deep Pans Each Compartment, Vacuum Cooking, Ma...nual Mechanical Timer Controls, No Water Or Drain Connections Required, 13kw Each, 240/60/3ph, 5' Cord & Nema L6-30p, Energy Star read more

Cleveland Range

Cleveland Range - 22CET3 1 Powered by 208/240 Volts, 1/3 Phase. Weight 235 lbs. Width 21.63 in. Depth 31.19 in. Height 22.5 in. Ra...tings: UL,NSF,Energy Star. Cleveland Range SteamChef 3 Electric Convection Boilerless Steamer 3 Pan in Steamers & Steam Cooking at ACityDiscount read more

Microwave

Most microwave steamers are plastic, shaped like a cake pan, and include a lid for steaming.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before buying a steamer, think about how often you plan to use it. If you serve cooked fresh vegetables daily, a quality steamer that will last for several years is a good investment. If steaming is a method you use rarely, a less expensive option such as a steamer basket is sufficient. An electric or microwave steamer does have the advantage of freeing up cooktop space.

Size

Many steamer baskets are designed to expand and collapse to fit pots of varying sizes, while others are designed to fit a specific pot. Bamboo steamers come in a couple of sizes and have the advantage of multiple tiers for steaming more than one food type at once. Electric and microwave steamers are fixed in size.

Storage

If storage space is limited, consider the simple collapsible basket. Steamers of other varieties are fixed in size, so more storage space is needed.

Material Type

Most basket steamers that fit in a pot for use on the stove top are made of stainless steel or bamboo. Although a stainless-steel basket will look the same use after use, a bamboo steamer will darken with age. Microwave steamers are plastic. Electric steamers come in a variety of material types but commonly have plastic inserts for steaming.

Steaming Process

Cook times and water amounts vary based on size, quantity, and type of food. Look for cooking guides with each product.

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Matfer Bourgeat Inc

Mimic the effects of braising or simmering in this 8 liter (8 1/2 qt.) stainless steel pressure cooker. From pot roast and stew to... chili and brisket, virtually anything that can be cooked in steam or water-based liquids can be cooked in a pressure cooker! Cut down on cooking time while still serving up delicious dishes to your customers. Made from 18/10 stainless steel, this pressure cooker features a triple layer base of copper enveloped by steel for exceptional heat retention and conduction. This cooker includes a fitted steamer basket, plastic handles, a fast close lid, and is induction-ready! This unit meets the European pressure standard of 10psi/65 kpa. The U.S. pressure standard is 15psi/100kpa. To extend the life of your product, rinse after each use. The pressure cooker itself is dishwasher safe, but the lid should be hand washed only. Overall Dimensions: Pot Diameter: 10 1/4" Pot Height: 6 3/4" Steamer Basket Height: 3 1/4" Capacity: 8 liter (8 1/2 qts.) read more

8 Liter (8 1/2 Qt.) Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker with Steamer Basket
Cleveland
$18,179.00 $38,678.72
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The Cleveland 24CGA10.2ES high efficiency pressureless gas convection steamer is designed to handle the demands of busy, high-volu...me applications! Boasting two independently controlled 5 pan capacity compartments, this 100,000 BTU steamer easily cooks vegetables, seafood, rice, and more in your commercial kitchen. This unit uses less than 17 gallons of water per hour thanks to its SteamSaver feature that adjusts steam based on the type and volume of food being cooked! Additionally, cooking times are reduced through the use of convection steam jets, and the included SureCook function ensures each load is timed to perfection. For maximum convenience, this steamer also features top-mounted deliming ports and pull-out drawer style generator controls to make maintenance a breeze! The Cleveland 24CGA10.2ES requires a 3/4" NPT gas connection, 2" diameter drain connection, 115V electrical connection, and both a 1/2" IPS and 3/8" IPS cold water connection for operation. This steamer is CSA and UL Listed, Ene read more

Natural Gas Cleveland 24CGA10.2ES Gemini 10 SST High Efficiency Ten Pan Gas Convection Floor Steamer
Aroma
$22.22 $29.99
at Sears

Enjoy easy home cooking with the Aroma 14-Cup Rice Cooker and Food Steamer. Prepare 4 to 14 cups of restaurant-quality rice at the... press of a switch. Once the rice has cooked to perfection, the rice cooker automatically switches over to its Keep-Warm setting. So you don't have to spend time worrying about stirring or monitoring the rice as it cooks. The included steam tray also steams meats and vegetables while rice simultaneously cooks below for an endless supply of meals that are as tasty as they are easy. This versatile appliance is also great for jambalaya, oatmeal, soup, stew, chili and much more! Once the cooking is done, the nonstick inner cooking pot and all accessories are dishwasher-safe for quick and easy cleaning. read more

Aroma 14-Cup Pot-Style Rice Cooker Red
Chef Buddy
$20.06 $30.99
at Sears

Improve your health by steaming your food quickly and easily with this Stainless Steel Food Steamer. Steaming helps retain valuabl...e nutrients that are often cooked out by other cooking methods. This steamer has a 4 Quart capacity and 400 Watts of Power to steam in an hour or less. It features a timer that goes from 0 to 60 minutes and an automatic shut-off. The removable trays and lids are dishwasher safe. You can steam using one or two trays depending on how much space you need.Features Include:Two tray electric steamerJust add water and plug in, it's that easy4 Quart Capacity400 Watts60-minute timer with auto shut-offRemovable parts are dishwasher safeMeasures 7.5 x 9.5 x 11.25 inches with both tiers stacked read more

Chef Buddy 400 Watt Stainless Steel Food Steamer - 4 Quart Capacity Silver
Chef Buddy
$20.13 $29.99
at Sears

Prepare delicious and healthy food in three easy steps with the Chef BuddyT Food Steamer. Eating healthy has never tasted better o...r been easier! Simply add water and turn on the steamer to boil the water, use one or two trays, set the timer and enjoy! The Chef BuddyT Food Steamer features two eight cup trays so you can simultaneously steam two different foods and drastically reduce cooking time. Eat healthy with convenience and ease when you use the Chef BuddyT Food Steamer! Features Include:Two 8-Cup TraysOnce Steamer Lid and JoinerSteam with One or Two TraysSteamer Trays are Dishwasher Safe60 Minute Timer with Automatic Shut OffMeasures 7.5 (D) x 9.25 (W) x 11.25 (H) inches2 Prong Cord is 41 inches long read more

Chef Buddy Food Steamer
Le Creuset
$574.95 $770.00
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Colorful, Long-Lasting Exterior Enamel/ Oversized Handles/ Ergonomic Composite Knobs/ Lid Stabilizers/ Red Finish

Flame Goose Pot - LS25024002
ABT
Le Creuset Enameled Steel
$170.00 $240.00
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The Le Creuset Stock Pot is constructed of a heavy gauge carbon steel finished in the same bold signature colors to complement any... Le Creuset cookware combination. The carbon steel provides quick heating and superior heat distribution perfect for slow simmering cooking of sauces, soups, stews, boiling pasta & shellfish and more. Designed to function efficiently on gas, electric, ceramic and induction cooktops. The high-profile design and tight fitting lid limits evaporation and seals in the flavors. Other features include a stainless steel rim to prevent chipping, triple welded handles for a secure grip and durable enameled interior that will not absorb odors or flavors. Available in different sizes to best meet the needs of your family. Hand wash only. read more

Enameled Steel Stock Pot
ABT
Le Creuset Enameled Steel
$100.00 $145.00
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The Le Creuset Stock Pot is constructed of a heavy gauge carbon steel finished in the same bold signature colors to complement any... Le Creuset cookware combination. The carbon steel provides quick heating and superior heat distribution perfect for slow simmering cooking of sauces, soups, stews, boiling pasta & shellfish and more. Designed to function efficiently on gas, electric, ceramic and induction cooktops. The high-profile design and tight fitting lid limits evaporation and seals in the flavors. Other features include a stainless steel rim to prevent chipping, triple welded handles for a secure grip and durable enameled interior that will not absorb odors or flavors. Available in different sizes to best meet the needs of your family. Hand wash only.Corn Servers: 8.5 x 3 x 1.5-inches each read more

Enameled Steel Stock Pot with 4 Stoneware Corn Servers
ABT
Le Creuset
$119.95 $170.00
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The Le Creuset Bean Pot is ideal for baked beans, soups and stews adding a rustic and authentic flavor due to its unique shape. Th...e deep, round body circulates heat slowly and evenly, while a slightly narrower neck minimizes moisture evaporation and heat loss. The bean pot can be taken directly from the oven to the table, where it becomes a beautiful serving piece. read more

Stoneware Heritage Bean Pot
ABT
Le Creuset
$119.95 $170.00
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The Le Creuset Bean Pot is ideal for baked beans, soups and stews adding a rustic and authentic flavor due to its unique shape. Th...e deep, round body circulates heat slowly and evenly, while a slightly narrower neck minimizes moisture evaporation and heat loss. The bean pot can be taken directly from the oven to the table, where it becomes a beautiful serving piece. read more

Stoneware Heritage Bean Pot
ABT
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