All-Clad Stainless Steamer Insert
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- Steamer insert fits pots and pans 8 inches in diameter
- Heavy 18/10 stainless steel with mirror-finish exterior
- Stay-cool handle riveted for strength
- Dishwasher safe, but hand washing recommended
- Lifetime warranty against defects
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First, the steamer fits only one of my many pots --an LTD saucepan. And it doesn't fit it well. The little bead that rests on the pot rim is too shallow to make a good seal even with the pot the insert is made for, and hopeless with any other. Steam whooshes out over the pot rim without going through the veg, and the bad seal cools the steam and sogs the vegetables. The pot lid doesn't fit the insert very well, either, and drips cooling condensate into the vegetables --more sog.
The steaming surface is inches above the water (unless you boil an awful lot of water, when it bubbles up into the veg and sogs them). The steam doesn't circulate well and probably isn't hot enough to start with. An inch or so of water always steams better than 3 or 4 inches --don't ask me why.
The steaming surface is inadequate. All the holes are on the bottom, and kind of in the middle of that, and what steam reaches the top, or business half, of the steamer doesn't circulate well. More sog.
What with one thing and another, no quantity and no type of food cooks very well. Well, it's not too bad for Persian-style rice --the kind you pre-cook slightly, then finish by steaming.
Alternatives? Any folding steamer will do a better job. You can find a nice big one that will fit into your 13" LTD frying pan, if you're lucky. Take a pair of pliers and pull the lifter stem out of the middle (it's not much use anyway). You can get a lot of clams into this rig.Read more ›
The steamer is not as heavy as an All-Clad pot, which is normal, but the description leads me to believe that the All-Purpose Steamer is heavier. And that one has 2 loop handles, which is more sensible. The handle of this steamer is shorter and at an odd angle that doesn't correspond to the angle of a pot handle. The Stainless Steamer Insert with long handle is the less expensive of the two steamer options for smaller All-Clad pots. It works fine, but the design is a bit careless. So you have to decide if having a long handle is worth sacrificing some quality. Some people may also prefer this one for its flat bottom. The All-Purpose Steamer Insert has a stair-step design to accommodate more pot sizes, so there is less space in the bottom of the steamer. The Stainless Steamer isn't horrible, but, upon reflection, I probably would have preferred the All-Purpose model.
If you've got the 3 or 4 qt pot, get this, you'll be glad you did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this stainless steamer insert in 2003, and I have used it almost every day since then to steam vegetables. It is simple and elegant. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tall Dan
Anxiously purchased this steamer specifically because All-Clad was touted as American-made, only to take one look at the box and see those dreaded words "Made In China". Read morePublished 20 months ago by equinelover
If Amazon allowed half-star ratings, I would give this Stainless Steamer Insert 3.5 stars out of 5. I agree with others who have noted that the All-Clad Steamer Insert is not a bad... Read morePublished 21 months ago by ZapNZs
It's All-Clad...need I say more. I bought this insert to replace a steamer that my bf melted on an LP stove. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Karen M.
Expensive but worth every penny. All-Clad items are always expensive but will last a long time.Published 24 months ago by Vince
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