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I thought BPA meant Best Professional Attributes so I bought it
on June 23, 2014
Wow, the big guys must use this, thought I. That's good enough for me. This thing is awesome, easy to use, easy to clean. The booklet has a chart of steaming times for different foods that so far has been very accurate. You do have to use a tiny bit of thought in how you use the tiers and your placement of food: don't block all the steam holes by overfilling, and stuff that takes longer to cook goes in the bottom tier.
This will sound kind of goofy, but I would buy this steamer if I never used it for anything but hard-cooked eggs, and that's the truth. I've yet to meet an XL egg that peels without taking about a third of the white with it, and in way too many years of cooking I've tried all the tricks. The shell still comes off in tiny fragments, or big ones that leave craters in the egg. If I need to make a dozen perfect deviled eggs I have to cook two dozen and hope for the best. The top tier has indentations to hold eight eggs, XL eggs steam for 16 minutes, I let them cool naturally (no cold water bath or ice water plunge). Under a little running water the shells usually come off in one piece, two at most, EVERY time. When I need a dozen perfect eggs I steam a dozen eggs, no hoping involved, and because they're no longer a PITA to peel I keep hard-cooked eggs on hand all the time now.