I have a pressing dilemma. I once again have a gift certificate to use at CSN Stores, and I’m debating between two different types of steamers: either a funky lime green silicone insert or an austere and refined bamboo set. What ever shall I do?
First, a little background information about my cooking style: I rarely steam vegetables. I find steamed veggies to be rather bland and boring. I do, however, steam things like dumplings and shumai, and once I used my rice cooker to steam chicken.
With that being said, I must take a critical look at this steamer situation. Fascinating pros and cons after the jump. (And if all this talk of steamers has put your mind in a scatological place, all the more power to you.)Let’s look at the options:
Pros: Easy cleanup, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, space-saving.
Cons: Limited capacity.
Pros: Stackable for multitasking, plenty of volume, level surface.
Cons: Not dishwasher safe, takes up space.
At first glance, it seems as though the silicone steamer has more pros and fewer cons, but the thing is that the bamboo steamer’s pros are really useful pros. Hence, I’m torn and am seeking the sage advice of my readers.
WHAT SAY YOU?