Eating healthy food has become an important part of many people’s lives, particularly with the rise of obesity recently. One way to ensure you are getting nutrients and vitamins is to steam your food. This means that vital minerals are not boiled away, and instead are retained within the food.
With this in mind, here are our suggestions for the best steamers, starting from the cheapest:
quickasteam microwave cooking bags LARGE size 25 pack – £1.00
If you hardly ever eat vegetables but when you do you want a quick and easy way to cook them, keep a packet of these microwavable bags in a drawer and use as and when required. Microwaving is a great way to preserve vital nutrients.
Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Collapsible Folding Steamer – RRP: £6.25 – now £4.99
This is what I started off with when I first began to steam my food. Works well with vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. Good for a single person as you just pop it over another saucepan that is already boiling. Not great for larger households.
2 Tier Microwave Cooker Steamer Vegetables Rice Pasta Healthy Cooking Pot Pan – £5.10
Such an easy way to steam, the 2 tier microwave steamer allows you to cook both veggies and meat or fish at the same time. Add water to the lower tray and the food goes on the top one.
Kitchen Craft World of Flavours Oriental Two Tier Bamboo Steamer and Lid – RRP: £12.95 now £7.99
For those of you who struggle to cook rice or couscous properly, here is your saviour. An authentic bamboo steamer with two tiers that is so easy to use and cooks rice to perfection.
Premier Housewares Stainless Steel Steamer with Glass Lid – £19.98
The name in the industry when it comes to high-quality cookware. Three pans here, the first for the boiling water and the other two have holes to allow the steam through. Good price as well.
Russell Hobbs 21140 Three Tier Food Steamer, 9 L, 800 W – RRP: £49.99 now £23.79
I’m surprised this is so cheap to be honest, for a three-tier steam it is great value for money. I like the speed of this one, it generates steam in under 40 seconds meaning you are not hanging about waiting to start cooking.
Tower T21001 3 Tier Electric Steamer 5 L in Grey – was £44.99 now £27.99
We like the extras that come with this steamer, such as the automatic switch off, meaning you can go out and leave it working and the 3 collapsible steam baskets for easy storing. It also has the largest capacity of all the steamers showcased so far which is great for a big family.
PureMate® PM 10107 Digital Food Steamer with Rice Steamer Bowl – RRP: £149.99 now £44.99
Great price for this electrical steamer with two tiers. No guessing when the food is done with this gadget as there are pre-set timers for different foods and you can cook different food at the same time.
Mastrad Gourmet Steam Cooker – £61.99
This is a bit novel, you cook, serve and eat the food in the same container. The container is microwavable and suitable for the oven.
NaturoPure™ 11.5L Digital Food Steamer – £62.99
Now this has a huge capacity of 11 and a half litres and is suitable for a crowd. There are six programmes and a 99 minute timer. All parts are dishwasher safe.