I have a larger b&d which i really like but this one is great for her making smaller portions. These work relly good for making rice too. I like it much better than a rice cooker`, and sometimes i will do some vege’s at the same time.
Very important to use only bpa free plasticsit is light weight. My husband i would recommend this product. It is dishwasher safe but i hand wash it.
Nesco ST-25BR BPA Free Food Steamer, 5-Quart
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- Bpa free steamer
- 5 qt capacity
- 3 cup rice bowl and 2 trays
- 60 Minute timer
- 400 watts of power
Bought this for my parents for christmas. We used it right away to steam some tamales and it did a nice job. Its the perfect size for 3 tamales. It is the perfect size for 2 people which is something i was looking for. Most food steamers, that will also cook rice, are too large for a couple but this was the perfect size. The clear plastic does feel flimsy but so far it is holding up. Asked my folks what they thought and they were pleased with it so far. Only comment was that rice cooked per the directions came out a bit dry at first but with a little tweaking on water and time it has worked out.
I purchased this steamer not knowing what to expect because there were no reviews, it was relatively cheap, and i had read some less than positive reviews about other steamers from the same company. However, this was the only bpa-free steamer i could find so i figured it was worth a shot. I am very happy with its performance. I got it just a few days ago and have already steamed edamame, brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, corn on the cob and rice.I thought the steamer bowls looked small, but they actually fit quite a bit of food. I steamed four ears of corn in just one bowl (cut the ears in half) and probably could have put one more ear in there. It produces steam quickly and does a great job at evenly steaming the veggies. It is also very easy to clean. I had read a complaint about hot water boiling out the heating component in another nesco steamer review, but i have not had that problem at all after several uses with this model. The only potentially negative aspect is the plastic is kinda flimsy.
The steamer works fine, we are a little concerned about the thin plastic of the bowls, which is the reason we switched from the black and decker, which was a good unit once upon a time with a thick plastic bowl. Clearly built in obselescence. Update 7/21/13 – as i suspected, the wall of one bowl has developed a slight crack. It still works, and i think it was cracked through normal wear and tear, but the bowls could be thicker to prevent this.
Nesco ST-25BR BPA Free Food Steamer, 5-Quart : This steamer works well enough, but dealing with all the parts and waiting for it to steam the food was kind of a time consuming process. I ended up getting a pasta boat/ steamer that i used to steam veggies in the microwave for a fraction of the time.
Works great, often use it for a healthy meal.
Purchased this unit due to it being bpa free. Unfortunately its cheap and flimsy. But i expect it to break any day now.
I am very happy with this product. It works wonderful, takes little space and easy to clean. I use t every day to steam my quinoa, rice or bans and veggies.
We were surpised by the fact that it was much smaller than we expected. Because it is bpa free the plastic is thin, but since we wash it by hand that has not been a problem. Have found out that we had to add addition water for steaming brown rice. We are pleased with the product.
The only cooked food i eat is quinoa and it is perfect for it. My husband loves steamed clams and he made 8 dozen for company only having to do two rounds. It is light compact and bpa free.
I have been using this steamer for a month now. I have not experienced any problems that other reviewers encountered. The containers are a flexible plastic, but mine have retained their shape and have not produced any unpleasant flavors. I routinely wash the parts in the dishwasher, on a heated drying cycle. As far as the ‘leaking’ issue – i use the recommended amount of measured water, and have never had an overflow problem. I tried this product because of my concerns about bpa in food steamers. I just ordered one for my son who is a health conscious college student. I would never set him up with a product that i felt was inferior in any way.
I wrote a nice review when i first received this steamer, giving it 5 stars but i have changed my mind because the plastic is weak and one side did crack. I can still use it but disappointed that it is so delicate. The containers are on the small side as well so it only works for small amounts of veggies. Let’s hope they improve this product as it is difficult to find bpa free steamers.
It’s hard to visualize the construction of this unit on line. It works okay but i don’t think it will last too long. The plastic is very thin and scratches easily.
Works great, the rice comes out perfect and i love that u can steam different foods at same time :-).
I bought this for my mother and sister for a mother’s day present, and they seem to like it as far as i can tell.
I searched for a steamer that is bpa free and this is the only one i find. There is another model from the same company that is not bpa free. So if that is important to you, make sure you order the correct model number. I would have preferred to have a digital timer for more accurate time, but the dial timer is close enough. It is a very convenient tool, as i can set the timer and then go about doing other things.
It is a life-changerit is sooo much quicker and easier than steaming on the stove and it does not heat up your whole house like using the stove so it’s a much better choice in warm weather. You just set the timer and walk away. It shuts off automatically when the time is up. As long as you rinse the plastic parts right after using them you almost don’t even need to use soap to clean them. I rinse them and set them on a drying rack or towel to dry. I let the base cool down for a little bit before dumping the water and cleaning it out. My partner works over-seas and this steamer is great for when i’m by myself and don’t want to mess up the whole kitchen to cook for just me. You can cook a whole meal at one time using the two levels. Some other reviewers have said that the plastic pieces feel cheap and crack easily. They are correct that they are not a rigid plastic. I believe that this is because they are bpa-free (i bought this steamer because it was the only bpa-free one that i could find). I think that they are plenty sturdy for what they need to do. Don’t man-handle them and i would not recommend putting them in your dishwasher but i do not see why you would ever need to since they rinse out so easily by hand.
Really liking this food steamer. Lightweight, easy to assemble and take apart, steams foods perfectly and best of all, bpa free. Great compact size is wonderful, too.
Only plastic one i could find that was bpa free. It really blew us away with performance. Steams potatoes, broccoli, asparagus and more perfectly. I cannot say enough good about this steamer. Really exceed my expectations in size and performance. Some reviewers wrote that it was flimsy but come on, we’re steaming veggies here, we’re not grilling a side of beef. Dishwasher, top rack is a-okay. Today is 12/4/13 and i see there are only a couple left. Dudes, i am seriously considering a 2nd one that is how good it is.
I am getting quite a bit of use out of this. Since i no longer use a microwave it helps me get my broccoli just right and does not tie up one of the burners on my stove.
This is ok as a steamer but go another route if rice cooking is one use you’re looking to frequent on your steamer. The basket is way too small to make a pilaf of something with – i like to add veggies/broth/meats to my rice for a full meal in one. This is far too small to do this. As a steamer, its just fine.