3 Best Cookware Steamer Sets

3 Best Cookware Steamer Sets

3 of the best steamer sets

If you’re a vegetarian, you must know that your whole requirement of the body should come from vegetables. Cooking them on fire not only robs them of their nutrients, but dulls and changes the taste alongside it too. If you didn’t know that, I’m sure that you don’t know about steamers too.

A steamer is a kitchen cookware utensil that is used to boil vegetables at very low temperatures. It allows the vegetables to cook at their own pace and doesn’t result in the loss of proteins and other nutritional requirements provided by the veggies. So, in a nutshell, it means you need one. But which one should you get? Now that is a question worth asking! Today we’ll talk about 3 of the best steamer sets which are the best in their kind and currently available in both online and retail stores.


Best Budget Steamer Set: Cook N Home 2478 3 Piece Asparagus Vegetable Steamer Pot

Cook N Home 2478 3 Piece Asparagus Vegetable Steamer Pot

This budget set by Cook n Home is designed to save both your money and your nutrients in the vegetables with quality and speed. The 3 pieces in the name counts for the steamer, the lid and the wire mesh. The wire mesh is good for vegetables hard to rinse and put in the steamer, and allows you to easily add or take out vegetables during boiling. The steamer is made of Stainless Steel, therefore more durability is guaranteed. The space is measured to be 4 quarts, which is more than enough for steaming.


Best Luxury Steamer Set: Cuisinart 77-412 Classic 12-Quart Steamer Set

Cuisinart 77-412 Classic 12-Quart Steamer Set

This set makes sure to bargain the quality of your vegetables for the money in your wallet. Although not that expensive, it is priced higher than others due to its large capacity and extra pasta making capabilities. The set contains a pot, a pasta insert, a steamer basket, and lid, which are all made of 10-18 grade hard Stainless Steel. The pot has a depth of 12 quarts, enough to cook 2-3 different types of vegetables at the same time, but don’t try to do it!

Best all-rounder Steamer Set: Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 3-Quart Covered Stack ‘n’ Steam Saucepot and Steamer

Best all-rounder Steamer Set

This set is has two in one cooking capabilities, and combines a saucepot and steamer in a price ranging between the budget and luxury set. On one hand you have a saucepot, but put on the holed lid and you have a full-fledged steamer with all the abilities of a traditional one. The lifetime warranty, stainless steel body, thick and durable rims and the ability of being heated to temperatures up to 350o make this set the best all-rounder in the whole market.

Best Stainless Steel Cookware Review

Best Stainless Steel Cookware Review

Why stainless steel? Stainless steel is an important metal that has been introduced in the cookware arena for a number of reasons. Firstly, kitchen appliances made from this material are considered to be risk-free to your health since steel doesn’t react with your food. Secondly, stainless steel is durable and rust resistant making it a long term investment to customers who live within their budget. What if you’re not looking for the best stainless steel pot and pans set reviews 2017? Maybe you just want a single piece of cookware. Don’t worry ; my guide has you covered!

How to choose the best stainless steel cookware

Heat conductivity—the first thing you need to check at is the conductivity. You see, stainless steel is not a good conductor but when mixed with certain metals such as copper and aluminum, it becomes a perfect heat conductor allowing food to cook evenly.

Price—another factor you need to consider is the price. The best cookware will be more expensive as compared to moderate ones so check the price and ensure that you buy what you can afford.

Reactivity—the last factor you need to consider is the reactivity. Some metals react with different foods such as aluminum which reacts with tomatoes.

All-Clad 41126 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan with Lid / Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver

Best Stainless Steel Cookware

Stainless steel pans are very popular among most kitchen appliances due to a number of reasons. They’re considered to be strong, non-reactive and very durable as compared to other metals.

One of the best pans I will recommend to all mothers and professional chefs is the All-Clad 41126 Stainless Steel Fry Pan with Lid. A 12-inch pan brushed with a silver coating, this cookware saves you the hassle of searching for pans from other brands.

This fry pan has a 12” interior that provides ample space to cook more food for the family. The non-stick coated interior makes cleaning a breeze while the heavy aluminum lining at the bottom allows this fry pan to endure temperatures of up to 500°F.

With such an outstanding performance in the modern kitchen, I would like to recommend the All-Clad 41126 Stainless Steel Fry Pan with Lid to all mothers, chefs or those who wish to get a decent housewarming present to a special friend.

Pros

  • This fry pan is designed with an aluminum core that allows it to distribute heat evenly.
  • The 12” interior provides ample space to cook an entire chicken.
  • The handle is slim and strong enough to give you a proper grip of the pan when cooking eggs or meat.
  • Available with a lid, this pan heats up quite fast making the food cooking process a breeze.

Cons

  • This pan is not non-stick so you’ll expect some food debris to stick on the walls which will make cleanup quite difficult.
  • The handle isn’t insulated so it gets really hot when cooking
Shopping For Cookware

Shopping For Cookware

Cookware Shoppings

Who doesn’t love food? I bet all of us wish we could just eat and eat and eat without gaining weight. But, things aren’t that simple are they. Well, other then eating food, I really like making food.That’s my main drive and ambition for me to write this book on South American cuisine. Through tinkering about in the kitchen, I’ve become accustomed to using different types of cookware in the kitchen.

I decided to share a quick guide on picking cookware. Many of you greenhorns out there must assume that you need to spend $200 or $300 on a good cookware set. Undeniably, that is true but there are cheaper alternatives if you know how to pick them.

The first step to finding your ideal cookware set is by deciding what kind of cook tops you’ll be using your cookware on. It would be a real waste if you invested in a set that doesn’t work with your cook top.

The rule of thumb of picking cookware for stove tops are always go for heavy cookware with good heat transmission and even heating. That translates to picking Cast iron, Stainless steel or even hard anodized cookware for gas stoves.

For glass cook tops, use cookware that are lightweight and have even heating capabilities. I simply love using my hard anodized aluminium cookware on my glass cook top. Lightweight cookware will stop you from scratching, chipping or even cracking your cook top.

Induction cook tops are tricky. If you purchase cookware without a metal bottom plate, you won’t be able to use it with your induction cook top. So, if you’re shopping for induction friendly cookware be prepared to do a whole lot of research.

Step 2 is simpler, read best cookware reviewsuser comments and watch un-boxing videos. These are the best ways to find out more about your investment.

Once you find the set you’re looking for, you can hop on Amazon or drive to your local stores to compare prices. Assuming you find another set that you like, repeat step 2. It’s as simple as that.

Google has a wealth of information that’s ripe for the picking. So, go out there and start shopping!

Blackened Fish with Amaranth Recipe

Blackened Fish with Amaranth Recipe

amaranth fish
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We are learning how important it is to eat fish thanks to the healthy kind of fat it has, BUT I´ve noticed that in the Andes few people prepare it on a regular basis.  Thus, I want to present you with a very simple recipe.  It is fascinating because it´s “breaded” with wonderful amaranth.  (If you can´t find black, the regular cream-colored one works beautifully, too.)  Either amaranth provides an incredible crunch, as well as plenty of fiber.  And as a special feature, the amaranth seeds look like lovely, miniscule pearls.

This fish ends up with a wonderfully crunchy exterior and a luscious, juicy fish inside.

BLACKENED FISH WITH AMARANTH

1/2 cup amaranth seeds
4 cups water
4 o 5 fish filets (red snapper, sole, cod, halibut)
¼ cup flour (amaranth or regular flour), with salt
1 or 2 eggs, beaten with 2 to 4 teaspoons water
1 or 2 tablespoons fat – half butter and half oil
parsley leaves and lemon slices

Add the amaranth to the water; heat until it boils.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Strain and put the amaranth in a bowl.

Prepare a line-up of: first, well-salted flour; second, beaten egg; and third, the cooked amaranth.

Dry the fish on a kitchen towel and dip it into a plate of salted flour. Slide the floured filet into the beaten egg and let any excess egg drip off. Then pat the amaranth onto all surfaces of the filet.

Heat the butter and oil until moderately hot.  Sauté the filets minimally.  Depending upon their thickness, from 2 to 4 minutes on the first side and 1 to 2 minutes on the second side.  You will end up with a wonderfully crunchy exterior and a luscious, juicy fish inside.

Serve instantly with parsley leaves and lemon.

Original recipe by Michelle O. Fried