I use my rice cooker with a steam basket on top. I like appliances that have more than one use, myself. While I have a nice size kitchen, I have a great deal of food storage, and appliance storage is still in the garage.
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I have a smaller one to the Rival 2-tier steamer, but I *have purchased that one for my in-laws as a Christmas present a few years back!
Before I started watching my weight and participating in SP, I tended not to use the steamer very often, as I was frying more of my foods than I should have. Now that I'm on the program and being careful how and what I eat, I use that little thing at least once a week.
It's a good investment for the larger one if you have more than two people (including yourself) to cook for (I don't). Steaming veggies is usually better than any other method of cooking, after all! Plus, they usually include a rice basket, which is always nice if you have lots going on on the stovetop and could use the extra space.
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Goal Start Date (3rd time): February 10, 2013 - 265lbs. Goal End Date: January 28, 2014 - 165lbs.
current weight: 254.5
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Many plastics break down when exposed to heat. Definately any containing BPA do. Don't know if these do, but it's worth checking into. That could be just one reason why they say not to re-use them....
Other things to consider: cost:You could buy a steamer for about $29.00. How many bags can you buy for the same amount? How long would the steamer last? If you compare the number of uses for the steamer versus the number of bags you would need to get that same number of uses, which one is more cost efficient?
Enviroment: What do you do with these when you can no longer re-use them. Do they go into the landfill? Can they be recycled?
I just started using Ziploc Veggie Steamer Bags. They are with the sandwich bags. They work very well. I recommend them. They say don't use again but I've washed them out with soapy water and left them to air dry and reused them.
I'm not sure why we shouldn't reuse them so if you have a good reason let me know.
current weight: 177.0
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I used to have one that was an egg cooker, rice cooker and steamer all in one. I loved it but eventually gave up the ghost. I have thought of getting another one but as mentioned, it must be multi-functional....I havn't found one I like yet.
I've been considering buying a two tier Rival brand food steamer. Does anyone here use it or something similar? I'm really looking for honest comments, both negative and positive, to help me decide. All posts will be read and sincerely appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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