Kitchen

Stabil Steamer

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Stackable steamer insert

I don’t want to contradict the review of bamboo steamers, they are amazing tools and work great. They can be very affordable and can last a long time if you take care of them.

And, there is the rub. I don’t take proper care of mine. I don’t really know what I do wrong, but mine break down and get moldy. And, I don’t feel I ever get them clean enough.

When I found stainless steel steamer baskets at Ikea, I realized I found the right steamer baskets for me. I bought three, and haven’t looked back since.

They are a lot like the bamboo ones: They stack on top of each other, and you can get a pot with a lid that they fit on perfectly. But, they are steel: easy to clean up, and up for a good scouring if need be! They don’t break down, and no mold issue so far.

With my stack of three steel steamers, I continue to get all of the benefits of cooking with steam (it’s quick and easy, keeps nutrition locked in, and doesn’t use a lot of energy), but I also don’t have to bid farewell to my steamers every few months.

-- Mark Krawczuk 03/11/15