How to choose a blender: 6 main parameters
Hardly anyone would argue that a healthy lifestyle is unthinkable without a healthy diet. The era of fast foods, convenience foods and sandwiches in a hurry in the past. Now ruled by a balanced and varied diet, rich in vitamins and other Goodies.
“Steam” the food is chosen by those who are dieting (for harmony or health), nursing moms, or those who are preparing for motherhood, the elderly and all who care about yourself and health. Eat healthily (emphasis on the second “o”) and without prejudice taste variety – today it is the priority of the majority.
For steaming, there are many ways and assistive devices. This can be, for example, a metal pan, steamer with one or two tiers for cooking on a conventional stove.
Or a folding steamer insert, which is installed on the bottom pans of any diameter. However, a lot of delicious in this format will not prepare.
In General, the options are many. But a full electric steamers continued to hold a leading position in popularity.
Steaming is a favorite of many families. This is a handy kitchen assistant that can not only cook tasty and healthy meals. It is also used for heating baby food, defrost food, and even for sterilization of cans! Unlike the microwave, which heats food unevenly, the steamer can “enjoy” warm up cold food.
- Control: mechanical or electronic
- The volume and shape of the steam bowls
- The height of a double boiler
- The number of bowls products
- A rating of manufacturers
- The results
Good old mechanical type of control is easy to use. These steamers often chosen by those who do not want long to bother with settings and modes. Everything is simple – at the bottom of the cooking device is a controller that allows you to set the cooking time. And further – a trick.
Note that the “mechanics” are more reliable and not as susceptible to failure. Binding in the mechanical models is the presence of a window that shows the remaining level of water (like a kettle). Nice bonus of a double boiler with a mechanical regulator cheaper electronic counterparts.
Electronic control has more features, which gives the cook more room for experimentation. Modern electronic controls easy to use and allows you to set the steamer over the “filigree”.
One of the most important parameters when choosing any appliance is the power. The higher it is, the faster you will get to prepare meals. In pressure cooker power is directly proportional to the number and volume of bowls.
Power steamers, ranges from 400 to 2000 watts. For “storey” of steamers enough and a minimum capacity of 400-500 watts, while a 3 or 4-tier models, it is better to choose those that are more powerful – from 650 to 1000 watts.
The shape of the cups is round or oval. To pick up form is on the basis of those dishes that You use more often. If you often on Your Desk is a large fish whole, then the oval shape will be more comfortable.
In addition, the design of the bowls of a double boiler can be divided conditionally into two types – with the same or different diameter of the bottom. What does it mean?
If the bottoms of all the bowls of different diameters (in working condition this steamer looks narrowed down), it is convenient to store, investing a nested one into the other. It is very important for small kitchens with minimal storage. But there is one caveat: this form is not to rearrange the bowls in places during cooking, when, for example, the lower dish is ready, and the top – yet.
If we talk about the amount of bowls for steamers, on average, it varies between 1.5 and 3.5 liters. Select the volume by number of family members – the more, the bigger must be the bowl.
A few words about the material. Almost all models electric food steamer features a see-through plastic containers for cooking. That kills several birds with one stone: plastic is lightweight, inexpensive, easy to wash, it is heat resistant and transparent through the wall is convenient to observe the cooking process.
Of course, if you get to canvass the market of steamers, you can find more “rare birds” with metal or glass bowls. However, metal is reliable, but difficult and expensive, and the glass is nice, but beating. Therefore, plastic is still the best solution.
If the pan is too small, You will have to stop the double boiler, disassemble it (hot!) and drain accumulated liquid. If this is not done, the condensate can get to the heating element, which, of course, the durability of the device is not conducive.
Optimum pallet height is considered to be 1.5-2.5 cm it is Important to understand – the more bowls and the more they increase in volume, the higher should be the pan. Height 2.5 cm will allow you to cook without stopping the device without draining the liquid. Not be amiss and the handles on the tray to get rid of condensation will be more convenient.
A stack unit is good for cooking several dishes simultaneously. This is true for families of 3-5 people and allows the hostess to considerably save time and effort. For 1-2 people to stay on model with one but roomy bowl. However, for lunch it is better to choose a steamer with two sections.
The most well-known manufacturers of household appliances has in its ranks a couple of steamers, and, as a result, the modern market gives an opportunity to choose from dozens of models, each of which has a unique set of features and capabilities.
For buyers it is convenient – you can choose the base model with minimal bells and whistles and not pay for the extra convenience. Such steamers can be attributed to the model makers VES electric, Saturn, Dex, Hilton and Aurora.
The most complex models are represented in the ranks of Braun, Caso, AEG and Philips. To work with the steamers of these brands is a pleasure, they provided everything to the smallest detail. However, for the comfort (as for everything in this world) will have to be generous. But the result is worth it.
The choice steamers – the task is very simple. For a start, we recommend you to select the best for Your family the number and volume of bowls. Then be sure to look for power: the greater the volume, the stronger should be the device. Do not forget about the volume of the water tank and the pallet height is what will ensure comfortable cooking.
By and large, all other parameters – it is purely individual and depends on personal preference. Whether You need the latest model from a famous brand with tons of features (which may never be used) or for daily preparation of suitable basic set?
Finally a few more things that can be very useful in Your new steamer.
The rice bowl. A separate container for cooking rice and other cereals. By the way, in this bowl you can cook and bake for a few. Biscuits, maniki and casseroles are incredibly gentle and helpful.
Auto shut down when lack of water. Required parameter if You like to leave working equipment unattended. Reaching the minimum water level, pressure cooker, just turn off, eliminating the possibility of breakage or fire.
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