Circulon Stainless Steel Steamer, 4-Quart
Last updated date: January 31, 2020
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In our analysis of 48 expert reviews, the Circulon Circulon Stainless Steel Steamer, 4-Quart placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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Steaming is one of the smartest and fastest ways to prepare dishes that are delicious, light and healthy. The process is within easy reach with the convenient Circular Accessories Stainless Steel Universal Steamer with Lid. Designed for use with 2-quart, 3-quart and 4-quart capacities, this universal steamer works with both tapered and straight-sided pots and of course, it's the ideal partner for any of the versatile, sophisticated cookware collections from Circular. The shatter-resistant glass lid fits the steamer tightly so that foods steam quickly and the process can be monitored without heat or moisture loss. The polished stainless steel steamer and lid are beautifully designed and because the set is dishwasher safe, it's also easy to clean. The dual-riveted handles provide a reliable grip for lifting and draining and the insert is oven safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The Circular Accessories Stainless Steel Universal Steamer with Lid brings healthy, delicious steaming to the kitchen with style for the active cook, with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.
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An Overview On Food Steamers
There’s no shortage of options when it comes to food steamers. In fact, there are so many different styles, you’ll first have to decide the type of steamer you want to use. One of the easiest, most affordable, ways to add a steamer to your kitchen appliance collection is by choosing a steamer basket that fits into your existing pots and pans. You can even find steamer baskets that will slide handily into your pressure cooker.
Another popular option is the steamer set, which features the large outer pot and the steamer insert that fits inside. Like the steamer basket, you’ll use this type of steamer on your stove, so it’s important to make sure you choose an option that will work on the type of stovetop you have. Many are made from stainless steel, so they’ll work with gas or induction stoves and should also be safe for ceramic cooktops.
One last type of steamer is the dedicated appliance. These set up on any surface and include everything you need to steam food. The downside of this type is that you’ll need somewhere to store it when it isn’t in use, but the upside is that it keeps your stovetop free for cooking other items.
DWYM Fun Fact
When you think of food steamers, your mind probably immediately goes to rice and vegetables. But steam cooking can bring out the best in a wide range of food types. Shelled seafood like crab legs and shrimp are great for steaming, along with fresh corn and potatoes. Steamers also bring out the nutrients in leafy green vegetables such as collard greens and bok choy, which you can eat as is or use in smoothies. Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower also taste delicious after being steamed. If you have frozen leftovers, you can use a steamer to defrost and cook them for moist, fresh-taking results.
The Food Steamer Buying Guide
- Safety is a top consideration when you’re considering any cooking appliance. With a steamer, take an especially close look at the handles. Some steamers promote their handles as safe to touch even without oven mitts, but you may want to test this before trusting it. Some consumers report that the handles get hotter than advertised.
- The design of the steamer contributes to how evenly it can cook the food inside. Many basket-based steamers have a thick aluminum core covered in stainless steel on either side to promote even cooking. Other types of steamers emit steam from the top of the unit down to ensure heat is distributed as evenly as possible.
- As you’re shopping for a steamer, pay attention to the lid, as well. Some steamers include self-basting lids to lock flavor in. Many others have clear lids so you can monitor the progress of the food inside.
- If you’re not a fan of handwashing dishes, look for a steamer that is dishwasher safe.
- Some steamers go beyond steaming food to let you also boil, heat and simmer items. If you plan to use your steamer in the oven, make sure it’s rated for oven use.
- Stainless steel is typically the best bet when it comes to cookware you want to last.