Bosch steamer is a product known all over the world today. It used to be prepared for a couple only for patients who have certain problems with the gastrointestinal tract. For some reason, it was believed that the products prepared in this way have tastes much worse than fried, baked or even boiled.
But today, the attitude to the steamers is completely different - it is not just a device on which you can cook healthy food, but also a magic wand for many modern housewives, for whom every free minute is so important. After all, the Bosch double boiler, along with the fact that the food prepared with its help, saves a large amount of vitamins and minerals, cooks any dish quickly and most importantly - independently.
How does it work
In short, all ingredients are processed using a water bath.
The base of this device is filled to a certain level with water, which quickly boils as soon as the device is connected to the mains. The resulting steam pours over the contents of the baskets above - this is the process of cooking, and any food is prepared without adding fat.
Probably for each housewife her own double boiler is ideal. Ordinary mechanical is already a masterpiece, because it is easy to operate and it is very convenient to operate. And from good, as you know, good is not looking.
Although there are, of course, expensive models, for example, with a reminder function that it is time to clean the walls, or other devices that have an electronic display. On it, among other things, it can be indicated and how many times it is still possible to prepare food until the next wall cleaning. And there are devices where the walls themselves are automatically dried after operation.
Two types of control
Devices with medium and high prices are electronically controlled. But most of them have mechanical control. They are distinguished by a common detail on the case - a special round handle. With its help, set the cooking time, just turn the knob. And in the electronic models there is a panel with buttons, which still have to figure it out. There is also a board where the modes that you specify will be displayed.
To buy an expensive electronic steamer is certainly prestigious. Only here the hostesses, who have already managed to test both types of devices, still stop at the mechanical double boilers, noting that in this case there are much fewer failures, despite the fact that the product is much cheaper.
Power depends on how fast the food is cooked. If there are several baskets, then more power is needed. As a rule, there are three baskets; for such a device, the optimal choice will be from 900 to 1200 watts. For the simplest steam cooker, 400 to 500 watts will be enough.
A small family with an average income, it can easily do budgetary steamer, in which only one basket.
But more often on sale you can find devices with two and three baskets. For a large family, of course, it is better to immediately choose three containers, and make sure that there is an extra bowl under the pic.
The shape of the basket in one steamer can be both the same size and different - each type is convenient in its own way. Identical baskets have the ability to change tiers, thus adjusting the amount of heat for food processing, and baskets of different diameter turn out to be very compact when storing a double boiler in a kitchen cupboard.
This part can be collapsible or non-collapsible, have a special non-stick coating, or just be rustproof. The most convenient operation is, of course, the bottom, which has a non-stick coating, and it is easier to wash it, and it is ideal for extinguishing food.
Usually, the kit includes a single-sided pallet, and this is quite enough, if you do not think that when the lower dishes are tipped with the aroma and juice of dishes from the upper tiers, this is bad. But you can choose Bosch steamers with several pallets, then each of the tiers can be separated. If you have only one pallet in the kit, be sure to check the height of its sides, they should be no lower than 2-2.5 cm.
About water indicator
Some mechanical models have an external water level indicator - this is a very handy addition that allows you to visually determine when to add water. After all, the device prepares it for a couple, and dry products will remain without steam treatment. To add water to the device there is a special funnel, or it can be done through the handle of the basket with the prepared products.
If the model is expensive, it’s time to add water, you will recognize it by a characteristic sound signal.
If the Bosch double boiler is built in, then the entire cooking process in it will be automated, including the water level and its topping up. Both plumbing and sewage are involved in these models, so the hostess has absolutely nothing to worry about.
The Bosch steam cooker, which has a non-stick coating, with all its advantages shows how high the reputation of its creators is. Additional functions, along with the water level indicator and the ability to top it up without interrupting the cooking process, include:
- cessation of work in the absence of water;
- the ability to postpone the start of cooking at a convenient time for you - so you can cook dinner just for the arrival of your household from work or from school;
- the ability to keep the dish hot for a specified time;
- the function of "quick steam", in which the cooking process is accelerated as much as possible, and more vitamins remain in products;
- the presence of the function of "recipes" or "automatic cooking mode" - for inexperienced hostesses. This advantage is only Bosch electronic steamers. Only the product and its mass is indicated, and the smart machine will choose how to prepare it.
The built-in model is very convenient and practical. Their equipment may be different. In addition to the main components can still be:
- garnish containers;
- device for cooking boiled eggs;
- a bowl in which rice is cooked;
- special grille for bulk products;
- condensate drain pan;
- capacity for bulk and liquid products;
- tray, which collect the juice and fat released during cooking;
- protective device against staining with some products;
- probe for temperature control during cooking;
- recipes and tips collected in one book and suitable for a particular model.
Today, kitchen sets provide the likelihood that a Bosch recessed steamer be installed. After all, this device in the kitchen will help the hostess to cook several dishes at the same time, while retaining useful substances in them. Thus, it is possible not only to cook, but also to heat cooled dishes, to make flour products more fresh.
A cold meat dish after a double boiler will have a taste of freshly prepared.
This device can defrost food, and they will never turn out to be too dry, as it happens when you defrost in a microwave. If you urgently need to bake pies from yeast dough, you will not have to wait an hour and a half until it rises well - your double boiler and then you will be helped out - just create the optimum temperature for lifting. Blanching vegetables and sterilizing cans is also a part of Bosch brand assistant.
About the cost
The Bosch brand produces steamers in a large assortment, with different consumer indicators and, accordingly, with different prices. Moreover, the difference in price can be very big. Less than 1000 rubles is the cost of the most budget models. But they are able to please the simplest diet steam dishes.
The device of an average price category costs from 2 to 3 thousand rubles. In this case, of course, there are more opportunities - here you will prepare both a meat dish, and a fish dish, as well as any side dish - even porridge, even noodles, or omelette.
Expensive steamers cost at least 3000 rubles, and you can cook not only steam dishes, but also stews, pastries.
If you do not yet have a double boiler, purchase products from Bosch and you will definitely not regret it! Do not be afraid of the difficulties of handling a new device - everything is extremely simple and reliable. It will be your responsibility to pour water into the tank, put the products in the baskets and set the time using the timer. That's all your work, after which you can go about your business, and on a signal you will get a ready dish.
There is no need to stir or turn over so as not to burn, but at first you will probably still watch the whole process, simply because it is interesting. It is very important that thanks to the purchase of a Bosch double boiler, you will always have healthy and vitamin-rich food on your table.