83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2008
This is my second one. The bamboo steamer's cover will not drop the water, which is condensed from the steam, back to the food being cooked which may ruin the texture and flavor of the delicacies. That is the reason why I prefer the bamboo one to the aluminum one.
83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2006
This steamer worked really well. I've never steamed before but my experience thus far have been great. It's perfect for the single or couple that are looking for a quick and no mess way to fix a meal. I come home from work, put the water on, prep my food, and put it in the steamer. By the time, I've changed into casual clothes, dinner is ready.
It's opened the door to a whole new way of cooking!
44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2010
This thing is great. I am very spatially challenged, so I had trouble picturing the size and how it would fit into a pot. I do not own a wok. Well, my pots were all too small, so I've been using my electric skillet, which works perfectly, but the nonstick surface gets a little screwed up from boiling water in it.
I really like that you can either use both tiers or only one. So far I've made an entire dinner of stringbeans and frozen won tons on two tiers (came out great), fish and veggies on two tiers (that time I boiled the water off by accident so it had a bit of a strange taste, but still pretty good), and lots of broccoli and other veggies on just one tier. I put parchment paper down every time so I don't have to spend much time cleaning, and that works great.
My only suggestion is that amazon/the seller include a picture of the steamer inside both a pot and a wok to see how to properly use it. I searched online for days for a diagram or picture like that, and then I finally bought it anyway because it was so cheap.
65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2006
I love the fact that you can cook an entire meal in one of these. I just steamed fish, veggies, and a fruit custard in about 15 minutes. No oils, no butter - it's great. The steamer contains all the steam (I also bought a deep saute pan that looks like a small wok with a handle and the steamer fits perfectly on it) and doesn't get hot. My kitchen does not smell like fish either. I highly recommend this item.
55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2005
Although I have not tried other bamboo steamers, I'm quite pleased the quality. I cook with this several times a week. Chicken and all kinds of fish never tasted so good and healthy. I've already purchased a 2nd steamer for my 2nd home.
Fish and chicken cook in 10 minutes guaranteed! This is the healthiest way to eat.
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
These are very user-friendly, inexpensive, and impressive. I have used them to make asian-style dumplings and other dishes (like vegan sausages) with great results. They clean up very easily and do not take up a lot of room. Somewhere along the line I was told to line them with parchment paper when cooking so that is typically what I do. The result is whatever I am making doesn't stick. The only time I do not use parchment paper is when I am making something like a vegan sausage, which is typically wrapped tightly in tinfoil.
Best of all, people seem to be impressed when I cook with them. Even though I have a lot of foodie friends people seem to assume my food tastes better when I use these steamers. Overall this is a great gadget that is much more than a novelty. That said, I have found these steamers all over at various price points. The construction often seems identical so if you can find one elsewhere, like an Asian supermarket, for less you're probably not sacreficing much (if anything) in quality. That said, these seem to be fairly priced compared to what I have seen.
55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2007
Basically, these bamboo steamers:
* cook much more easily than the standard metal mesh kind; the clearance from the water is higher, the air is trapped a bit more, improving the steaming efficacy, and the size (and multi-tier stacking) means you can cook virtually anything
* are essentially idiot-proof; no matter how little attention you pay, you really aren't going to have a kitchen disaster
* produce very healthy food (at least in terms of the cooking process) - no oil at all!
* keep food soft and moist, preferable to baking
* are energy efficient (relative to ovens, or even pan-cooking) and bamboo is a renewable crop, so these are environmentally friendly!
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2011
I found this steamer at a thrift store, brand new, never been used, and still in the box, for a mere $4. But I had already been researching bamboo steamers, including seeing this one on Amazon (where I would likely have bought it otherwise). I have used it a few times, with super results. The construction is sturdy, and the lid is also very well-made, better than the first steamer I bought at a bix-box home store (which was overpriced, in my humble opinion). I used store-bought parchment paper that I cut to an appropriate size, tracing around a salad plate for the shape. Then I steamed over a 14" wok. I think I could have used a bigger steamer, but I managed fine. I've read in many places, that a steamer should be almost the same size as the wok (only about 1-2" smaller than the wok). But with a metal trivet placed at the bottom (which I also found at the thrift store -- not required for success, but I found it very helpful for stabilization. Four chopsticks in a criss-crossed pattern work well too.), and adequate water used, I was able to cook up some delicious chicken. It's been a learning experience, and fun! I plan to cook up more veggies, more chicken (Kung Pao is my favorite dish), maybe even try rice, and whatever else that trips my trigger. I'd recommend that potential buyers do some additional research online and at the library, checking out how to use bamboo steamers, and Chinese cooking. That's what has helped me tremendously. If I wanted and needed another steamer, I'd SO get another Joyce Chen model here on Amazon. Two chopsticks up from me! :-)
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2012
I wanted to find a different way to cook vegetables because mine were always bland. Everyone was telling me steaming was the way to go, and I bought this one because of the price tag. It is phenomenal!
I have steamed broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, asparagus, salmon, and beef in it. They all turned out awesome.
-Easy (I put whatever I want
-Quick (Cook times range from 5-20 minutes. Veggies are done in 5-8, and the salmon was even done at 10.)
-Heatlhy (Steaming retains more nutrients than boiling or microwaving)
-Great tasting (I thought people were just mouthing off, but the vegetables were noticeably better tasting, and I kid you not, the salmon was the best I've ever had!)
-Probably won't last a long time (For the price though, it's really not an issue)
-You have to line the trays (I prefer to use big leaves of lettuce, but I have also used wax paper, and even put the salmon in on a small plate)
10 inches isn't that big when you want to steam a whole meal for 2 people and still leave room for the steam to escape around the edges. However, this size fits my pan, and they are stackable, so I'm going to buy another set to double the trays!
I wish it came with a recipe book or steam times because sometimes I'm not sure how long to cook things.
Before cooking your meats/veggies, try rolling them in butter or oil and experiment with different herbs.
My favorite thing to do is to use broth instead of water in the pan, it adds some extra flavor. You can also throw other things in like garlic cloves or onions.
39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2012
This product can be described in two words: shoddy construction.
Shipping was fast, but when I inspected the steamer, I found that:
1) The three different "levels" of the steamer do not even fit together! When placed on a table, the bottoms are not level with the ground!
2) The sides of the pieces are warped and not smooth
3) There is visible damage in the bamboo used to make the lid
4) There are splinters sticking out all over the place
I usually do not review products, but the product I received was so bad that I had to write this; hopefully others could learn from my mistake. Go with some other bamboo steamers, anything will be an improvement on these.