Food steamers offer a whole host of benefits in the kitchen. Easy, effortless cooking? Check. Nutrient preservation? Check. Versatile for different ingredients? Check. Food steamers are easy and convenient to use, cutting back on the time you’d otherwise spend hovering over the hob, and helping out with a range of recipes, from poaching eggs to steaming a full family dinner.
Steamed veg is always a great accompaniment to a roast dinner and steamed fish is more succulent because it retains so much more moisture. But whatever you’re planning to rustle up, we’re confident we’ve got the food steaming solutions for you right here at Lakeland.
What are the rules for steaming food?
If you’re thinking of investing in a food steamer, you’ll want to get the most from your machine. There are just a couple of simple rules to follow to achieve perfect results every time. Firstly, don’t add too much water - follow the instructions for each dedicated programme depending on whether you’re cooking meat and poultry, fish, vegetables, rice or eggs. And secondly, make sure the seal is airtight - a well-sealed steamer will work quickly and more effectively. That’s really all there is to it! Some steamers also come with handy recipe books for inspiration but don’t forget to check out the recipe section of our blog, too, for some great steamed savoury and sweet dishes.
Healthy, homemade meals
Food steamers can help you create delicious dishes that are also packed with nutrients. How? Because steaming food preserves more of the goodness in food than other methods of cooking, like boiling. Food steamers aren’t just suitable for use with veggies, either; you can steam everything from fluffy rice and grains to poultry and fish. And if you choose a steamer with multiple tiers, you can cook all the different components of dinner in one go.
How do you like your eggs? Boiled, poached - or perhaps you prefer an omelette? Invest in the right steamer from our kitchen electricals range and you can enjoy all three with one easy-to-use appliance. Some steamers are specifically designed just to cook eggs, and you need look no further than Lakeland if you’re an egg enthusiast. Our electric egg cookers can boil up to six eggs at once, on a soft, medium or hard setting (don’t forget the egg cups), or poach two eggs at a time - you can even use your egg-specific food steamer to make an omelette. For more inspiration, our handy recipe guide makes a doddle of mayo and gives you some top techniques for sublime scrambled eggs.
Mini meals or supersized suppers
Electric food steamers come in a range of shapes and sizes but if you find yourself cooking for more than a couple of people at any one time, a multi-tiered steamer can be a practical investment. Depending on how many people you’re cooking for, use one, two or even three tiers to steam big family meals or just enough tea for two. Some steamers come with an additional rice bowl, too, for extra versatility, and models with programmable digital displays and a timer make steaming even simpler.