Nordic Ware Microwave Vegetable and Seafood Steamer 11 Inch by 8.6 Inch
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- Lid features steam-release vent
- Base included removable tray for steaming vegetables
- Unbreakable; freezer to oven to table use
- Microwave and Dishwasher safe
- Made in the USA
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The Vegetable/ Seafood Steamer has a lid with a steam release vent. The removable trivet raises food for steaming vegetables. Gemstone is more efficient in transmitting microwave energy to the food than most glass or ceramic ware. This means even cooking and baking, less stirring and rotating and fewer hot and cold spots. This durable and chip proof pan will never melt or warp and is designed for freezer to oven to table to dishwasher use. This Vegetable/ Seafood Steamer is a versatile addition to any kitchen. Proudly made in the USA by Nordic Ware.
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Seeems sturdy and well made: lid fits securely and steam tray is easy to use.
I use it on a daily basis. Goes through the dishwasher without discoloration or staining.
It is a messy clean up process, but it does nice bacon, when I was in a cottage and ran out of LP.
Camping, RV or small kitchen areas this is a great item, they have other products just as good.
Making Microwave Cooking a whole new thing.
My heritage has nothing to do with review...
Recently I bought both the Nordic Ware microwave steamer (Nordic Ware Microwave Vegetable and Seafood Steamer 11 Inch by 8.6 Inch) and the Progressive International microwave steamer (Progressive International Microwavable Fish & Veggie Steamer). I've used the Progressive steamer maybe 5 times, and I've been quite happy with it: it is easy to steam small vegetables and clean-up is easy. It could be a little sturdier, but it is OK. Tonight, I used the Nordic Ware steamer for the first time, and I found steaming small vegetables to be more difficult, primarily because there is no lip around the edges of the steaming tray, which allows small vegetables to easily spill off of the tray. They spill off of the tray as I'm loading it with vegetables, and spill-off of the tray as I'm transferring the vegetables from the tray to a serving dish. Clean-up is still pretty easy, though not quite as easy as with the Progressive steamer.
The base of the Nordic Ware steamer seems a little sturdier than that of the Progressive Steamer, but the Nordic Ware's lid is somewhat flimsy. I suspect that the Progressive steamer will last longer than the Nordic Ware steamer. (I hand wash my vegetable steamers; both steamers may be OK for use in the top rack of a dishwasher.)
For steaming large vegetables and/or fish, which I don't do, the Nordic Ware steamer might be better because steam might circulate better around the edges of the tray when a bunch of the holes are covered, although I have little certainty about this.
I remember then and now, whistling at the cost of plastic. That's why I joke about the expense of the plastic dish, lid, including steamer tray.
I have used this quite a bit. I thaw meat in it, it's a wonderful tray for taking blazing hot food out. I cook vegetables almost all the way and then finish on the stove in a hot sauté.
You get the point.
It will be a handy thing for you to, I bet.
I wish the steamer insert were made of the same fat-repellent material as the base, which is much easier to wash when greasy (I use it to cook boneless/skinless chicken. A great way to make fresh, highly concentrated broth). So it would have to be opaque. So what?
The blue valve in the lid too easily pops out. I'm skeptical of its utility anyway and have glued mine in permanently (although I haven't found an adhesive that holds very well).
The above criticisms didn't deter me from buying two more.
Update 12-27-09..I bought one for my son also and while he was visiting on Christmas day I asked him how he liked his steamer and he said that his was cracked also and wasn't able to use it. I'm so disappointed that these were poor quality and my kids didn't get to use them.