An Overview of the Top Microwave Vegetable Steamers
Best Steamer for Food
A microwave vegetable steamer is a very useful appliance that helps make vegetables taste great. I have previously written about this and truly believe this product will help people consume the vegetables they need for proper nutrition and a healthy diet. However, it can be hard to decide which microwave vegetable steamer to buy, because there are so many out there. This article lists the 3 best microwave vegetable steamers, in my opinion, based on personal use and product reviews.
Microwave Vegetable Steamer #1
Pampered Chef Large Micro Cooker for Microwave
In my opinion, this is the best microwave vegetable steamer available. It's actually the first microwave vegetable steamer that I ever used, and it's also the one I currently use. I don't simply mean the same brand; I mean the same exact appliance. It has lasted many years and still works great, which is why I think so highly of it. I also think it's the best steamer for food.
*Vented lid doubles as a strainer
*Includes built-in pour spouts
*Average customer review of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com
*Listed for under $12 on Amazon.com
As a general rule of thumb, be careful when removing the lid after you're done steaming the vegetables. The built up steam inside the steamer is obviously very hot. You may want to let it sit out for a couple minutes and cool before removing the lid.
Microwave Vegetable Steamer #2
Nordic Ware Microwave Vegetable and Seafood Steamer
This is a very popular microwave vegetable steamer, because it's large enough to steam vegetables, as well as seafood or chicken. I've actually never tried steaming anything other than vegetables, but after reading some of the reviews of this product, I'll have to give it a try. Also, being able to use one appliance to prepare an entire meal is very convenient.
*Lid features a steam-release vent
*Base included removable tray for steaming vegetables
*11 inches by 8.6 inches
*This appliance can also be used in the oven, and is durable enough to be put in the freezer
*Average customer review of 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com
*Listed for under $12 on Amazon.com
I think this microwave vegetable steamer is great because of its versatility. You could make an entire meal, place the leftovers in the freezer, and then heat them back up in the microwave or oven, all while keeping the food in the same container. You wouldn't have to worry about using Tupperware containers, then trying to determine if they're microwave or oven safe, which they usually aren't. You can just keep the food in the same microwave vegetable steamer the entire time and not have to worry about transporting the food.
Microwave Vegetable Steamer #3
Sistema Microwave Steamer - Small, Medium, Large
I like this microwave vegetable steamer because it comes in a variety of sizes; small, medium and large. You can choose to just buy one size, or you can buy two or all three sizes. I really like this idea because different situations call for different sized microwave vegetable steamers. If you're only making a meal for yourself, then you probably only need the small or medium steamer. If you're having company over, then you can use the large microwave vegetable steamer. I only have one microwave vegetable steamer, so it whether it's just me eating or if I'm serving a group of people, I have to use the same one, which can be a little inefficient at times.
*Made from BPA-free material
*9.4 x 9.4 x 4.3 inches
*Average customer review of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com
*Large steamer is $16 on Amazon.com
*Medium steamer is $14 on Amazon.com
*Small steamer is $12 on Amazon.com
*All three steamers together are $42 on Amazon.com
BPA refers to a chemical called bisphenol A. BPA has been linked to higher levels of testosterone, breast and prostate cancer, and brain damage. The fact that this microwave vegetable steamer is made from BPA-free material is obviously a plus.
If you're looking to buy a microwave vegetable steamer, I would recommend each of the products listed in this article. Steaming vegetables is one of the best ways to prepare them, because it preserves all of the vitamins and nutrients in the vegetables. You can also added spices and other ingredients to really bring out the flavor in the vegetables. A microwave vegetable steamer can be a versatile appliance, that is convenient and very easy to use.