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T-fal VC1338 Balanced Living Compact 2-Tier Electric Food Steamer, 4-Quart, Black

4.5 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews
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  • 4-quart capacity (2 tiers of 2 quarts each)
  • 2 tiers with one containing a removable plate for larger items
  • Digital controls with 60-minute timer
  • Compact for easy storage
  • 1-year limited warranty
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Steam it fresh for foods bursting with flavor! The T-fal VC133851 Balanced Living Compact Food Steamer has a large 4-quart capacity (2 tiers of 2 quarts each). Steam a variety of healthy vegetables, seafood and meats within the 2-quart tiers for a complete meal. The T-fal VC133851 Balanced Living Food Steamer also features digital controls with a 60-minute countdown timer that let you easily cook healthy meals for your family. When finished using, turn the 2 tiers over for compact storage.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 15 x 13.5 x 14.2 inches
Item Weight 5.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.8 pounds
Manufacturer T-fal
ASIN B008FX6KH6
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number 2820133851
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4.5 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #102,603 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#65 in Kitchen & Dining > Small Appliances > Steamers
Date first available at Amazon.com June 29, 2012

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By Joseph Dewey TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 17, 2013
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This is such an awesome steamer! It's the perfect size for me, and it cooks food quickly, quietly and without a mess. I really like that you can see the water level from the outside. My other steamer kept running out of water, and I couldn't even tell without tearing it apart first, so this is great that you can monitor the water at a glance.

The trays are small, but for a compact steamer, it can hold a lot of food. I really liked how the runoff water stays separate. On my other steamer, the runoff water was supposed to stay separate, but it kept mixing with the steaming water, which made a mess, and made it hard to clean. This is very easy to clean.

And, the food it makes is delicious! I heartily recommend this steamer.

Pros:
+You can see the water level from the outside
+Has 6 little egg holders on one of the trays
+Has a water runoff tray, so you can use the water for vegetable stock
+Quiet
+Works very well

Cons:
-Very small for a steamer, but it's the perfect size for me
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This is a toy steamer at heart. It is pretty, colorful with a lime green base and black exterior, cute and very small and works well for small steaming jobs.

I'm a steamer fanatic and selected this because I wanted a backup to my daily use mechanical steamer. In fact, I've owned 9 steamers in the past. Since 2 broke, I now own 7 steamers with the receipt of this one.

What I really like about this steamer is:

- It's great for small jobs such as steaming a bowl of oatmeal, a tiny bowl of soup, steaming 6 hardboiled eggs, steaming a small quantity of veges, etc.

- It has a small footprint. The trays are stackable within each other and fit nicely over the base for easy storage.

- The cord is 3 feet long.

- Tray 1 has six dimples/indentations to steam 6 eggs standing up.

- A plastic rice bowl comes with the steamer for steaming rice. Personally, I like to use my own dishes in the steamer and not plastic. The only time I use the steamer without any dishes is when I steaming veges or potatoes directly in the steamer bowls.

- For those who are interested, the steamer components (except for the base) are listed as dishwasher safe. It's easy to clean even if it were not dishwasher safe.

- The steamer offers the option of two tiers for extra steaming capacity.

- All I had to do is set the timer and the steam begins almost immediately. With a digital steamer such as this it is easier to set the time than with a mechanical (or dial) steamer.

Some concerns I have:

- There's no way to fill the water reservoir during use. Most steamers have an outside compartment to pour water in the tank should it get low during steaming; this steamer does not have that.
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My husband and I are enjoying our steamer. It makes dinner a snap! Chicken breasts in the top and potatoes and broccoli in the bottom and dinner is done in 30-45 minutes. Cleaning up is pretty easy.
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I'm really pleased with this steamer. The unit is small and holds enough fish or chicken and veg for one or two people. the two tiers could hold a main entree for four people. It is a 4 quart capacity with two tiers, and that sounds large, but it actually isn't because you leave some headspace for the steam. Each tier holds 8 cups, but in actuality, you are cooking on the bottom and that isn't so large. There is a handy digital control and a countdown timer. The water reservoir is transparent, and the entire unit collapses for compact storage, so it's suitable for small space cooking (dorm room, RV, studio apartment.)

You can steam well enough on a stove, but this is a way to do it without checking your water by lifting the top constantly. The plastic is also easier to handle; it doesn't get as hot as a metal pot. The plastic, according to the manufacturer, is BPA-free so suitable for food preparation.

You can cook with one tier or two, and you can steam rice in it, but I didn't even bother, as it's a lot slower than using a rice cooker. However, it is a good way to reheat rice. One of the tiers has 6 little depressions so you can steam eggs--this is the same way an electric egg cooker works, so if you like soft or hard boiled eggs, you can do them in this steamer.

After trying asparagus (see next paragraph regarding times in the booklet for cooking) I did salmon with ginger slices and lime juice on the bottom tier and a handful of broccoli on the top. It took 23 minutes. I did not have to refill the reservoir--the one downside of this unit is you can't see how much water is left. The fish was moist and really delicious. The broccoli had a lot of flavor (I didn't put a darn thing on the broccoli. No salt, no oil, no lemon.
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I really like this steamer!
I only steamed with my bamboo steamers using a wok. Now that summer is coming I wasn't really in the mood to have boiling water heating up the kitchen so this fit the bill perfectly! Steaming veggies in this is very easy and it steams them evenly. (matter of fact I have just used it for Brussels Sprouts, came out great!)

It also has a timer function (up to 60 minutes). Since this is my first electric steamer, I am getting used to cooking times and the like, but so far I *really* like it!
I also really like the size, you can leave it on the counter if you wish it's about the size of our coffeemaker. It comes apart nicely/stores so you can put it in a compact spot. Cleaning it also very easy. All the components (except the base) are dishwasher safe.

I would say this is a perfect little steamer for veggies and/or smaller meals. Perfect if you have a bunch of fresh veggies to steam while saving stove top space, dorms, small kitchens etc..

I can see during the summer I will be using this electric steamer - a lot!

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Jim
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