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The Best Food Steamer - An Oster of Course!

Updated on September 16, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

Steamed Oysters
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ALL the Things I LOVE About This Steamer!

Here are some things that I love about this Food Steamer:

  • 1. It has 2 steaming tiers (trays) and a rice bowl for steaming; which allows me to separate out and cook foods that have different steaming times all at once.I just place the faster cooking foods in the top tier and when these are done. I can just remove the top tray and lid, put the lid on the bottom tray and allow the food in that tray to continue cooking etc. No mess!
  • 2. Besides the detailed manual, there is a very handy cooking chart on the steamer itself which I use as a quick guide for how many minutes different kinds of food should be steamed.
  • 3. There is a transparent section in the water reservoir that allows you to see how low the water level is and if you need to put more water. I love this feature because unlike other steamers I don’t have to be constantly opening to gauge the water level or experience the dreaded outcome of my steamer burnt dry because of no water!
  • 4. There is a timer!!! I really love this feature because once I set the steam time and put adequate water I can then go about doing other household chores and I will know when my food is finished steaming when I hear the ‘ping’ of the timer.
  • 5. Easy refilling of the water reservoir since it is located to the side of the steamer.So you don’t have to open the steamer and get burnt.The worst and most painful kind of kitchen burn is a steam burn!
  • 6. SUPERB OUTCOME - Vibrant looking food that maintains its colour and all of its nutritional value!
  • 7. Easy Cleanup!!! The material and parts of the steamer make for easy clean up after steaming and easy stacking for your next use.
  • 8. DURABILITY!!! These days things just don’t last long and I have had my Oster Food Steamer since 2006, I haven’t replaced a single part and it is in PERFECT working condition. Hats off to Oster!

Steaming Praises for the BEST Food Steamer

5 stars for OSTER Food Steamer

My Steaming Love Affair with Oster

I have had this beauty – the Oster Food Steamer – since December 2006 and so my resounding conclusion is that EVERY kitchen, including your own should have an Oster Food Steamer!

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Have you tried steaming foods before? What's your favourite steamed dish?

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    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      Thanks for sharing your favourite steamed foods with us, Craftypicks. You're right. Nothing beats steaming! Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!

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      Lori Green 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas

      I use my steamer mostly for rice and veggies. We eat rice at least every other day so the pot almost never leaves the counter top. I know it's not the best but my favorite is white sticky and you can't make that any other way than a steamer. It just doesn't come out the same from a boiled pot.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      5 years ago from GRENADA

      You really understand the importance of that transparent water reservoir, sousababy. It has saved many of my meals. I'll have to put in a good word for you with Santa this year. We don't want you running out of steam in any area of your life :)) Enjoy the rest of your week and have a blessed weekend.

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      5 years ago

      I have tried, but I need one like this - with a transparent water reservoir (I've run "out of steam" in more ways than one - ha).

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      5 years ago from GRENADA

      @Elsie Hagley: kiwinana71 you are so right! Nobody believes me until I steam food for them in my steamer. Then they're converts. :) I hope you get this steamer for your Christmas.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      I would love one of these. Steamed foods taste much better than boiled.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      5 years ago from GRENADA

      @lesliesinclair: Hmmmm, Papier. You got that right! Thanks for visiting. Have a blessed weekend.

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      5 years ago

      Steaming veggies delivers fantastic flavor without any seasoning, so imagine what they taste like with favorite spices and herbs.


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