Built-in double boiler
The ordinary double boiler is the simple kitchen equipment consisting of two pans. The large bottom pan is partially filled with boiling water. The second, having a perforated bottom, uses this heat in order to steam the products placed in it, for example, vegetables or fish.
A conventional steamer requires direct heating under a metal or glass food container. This is good for cooking healthy foods, such as steamed meat or vegetables, but it is not always convenient in domestic terms, so an electric recessed steamer appeared, which is safer and more comfortable to use.
Recently, the electric steam boiler has become increasingly popular, the number of models, options and varieties is growing, and prices are adjusted to the buyer. When buying a double boiler, it is very important to study all the models on the market, to understand in detail their capabilities - after all, comfort when using and the taste component of food depends on it. The main task is to buy the right technique for your needs. However, not only the functional capabilities of different models of steamers, but also the appearance. In addition to conventional portable household appliances, there are also recessed steamers, so-called steam ovens.
These designs are multifunctional, so they are often called combi-stoves, because they include one or more cooking modes.
In some models, in addition to steam cooking, convection or radiant oven functions are provided, in others, a microwave oven or grill function. Sometimes, in particular, the oven includes placing food in a specially made saucepan with a lid, which is usually directly connected to the source of steam. This is a great way to cook meat, fish and vegetables for one person.
The diffuse steam method fills the entire oven with uncompressed steam that can circulate around uncovered products placed on any convenient racks inside the oven. There is a function of direct steaming, which leads to the direction of steam flow into the prepared food - for example, into a chicken or turkey carcass. Many models offer precise control over the volume and strength of steam.
Simple steamers include enough settings that are easy to use. But, if you want to learn about new ways of cooking your favorite dishes, consider models that contain automated programs based on the types of foods that need to be prepared. It is about dividing into vegetables, meat, fish.
Other options include interval cooking, in which steam and hot air alternate during the cooking process. Some models allow you to simultaneously serve hot air and steam, which is great for baking bread and other baking.
In order to assess the scale of the capabilities of a particular built-in steam oven, it is worth looking at its program, some include up to 150 different functions.
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By type of placement, steam ovens can be built into the countertop or in the closet. In the first case, at the top is the instrument control unit and the lid that covers the cooking container. All the "stuffing" is directly in the table, it looks aesthetically and neatly.
Usually, the models built into the tabletop are connected to a drain system, in this case all the excess liquid, the so-called condensate formed during the operation of the device, is automatically drained from it. The most advanced models are equipped with the possibility of autonomous water intake, which saves the owner from having to add water manually.
Built-in cookers, resemble ordinary ovens in appearance. They can have only one function - directly cook dishes with steam; they can also combine a steam generator, a heating element and a microwave device. In this case, the steam generator may be located either outside the device or in its bottom part.
The most advanced models are equipped with connections to the water supply and sewage systems, freeing owners from having to pour in water and drain condensate. There are models in which the preparation of products occurs under additional pressure. In this case, increased safety standards are provided, such as the inability to open the furnace lid until the pressure is reduced and the automatic shut-off of steam generation during opening.
Multipurpose steamers can be selected, taking into account personal preferences and requirements for the process of cooking products. Manufacturers such as Kuppersbusch, Electrolux, and Imperial offer ovens equipped with a steaming function. "De Dietrich", "Neff" and the same "Kuppersbusch" produce ovens - steamers. Gaggenau offers a complex apparatus with the presence of convection and vaporization. "Samsung", "Whirlpool", "Moulinex" combine the functions of microwave ovens and steamers. Firms "AEG", "Smeg" specialize in simple models.
More consider the reviews of some well-known companies.
This company offers the most affordable prices among manufacturers of built-in double boilers. In simpler models, consumers note such useful qualities as the presence of heating and defrosting modes, the function of cleaning the chamber from scale and the blockage from children.
In the memory of such an average device, like the Siemens HB 26D552 model, there are 40 cooking recipes, its power is 1250 W, it provides operation in five temperature modes and allows three levels of installation for trays.
More powerful models, for example, Siemens HB 38D585, consume about 1900 watts. They have a larger water tank, about 70 recipes, including the ability to memorize individual recipes, among the additional functions customers distinguish such as careful extinguishing, raising dough, heating dishes and the presence of the probe that automatically checks the dish for readiness.
In the models starting from Siemens HB 66E55 and further, the function of pyrolysis cleaning of the internal surface of the steam cabinet is provided. In order that in the process of pyrolysis, which consists in the destruction of pollution by means of high temperatures, there is no smoke from the kitchen, an outlet is provided in the furnace, which must be connected to the chimney or exhaust hood.
Consumers generally pay special attention to cleaning, indicating in reviews that it is desirable to wipe the inside of a double boiler with a cloth each time after cooking.
This brand is the only manufacturer of premium kitchen appliances. They own the development of the Miele VitaSteam technology, which allows the steam generator to be brought out of the oven, it allows cooking on three different tiers from different scent products, preventing mixing of flavors. Consumers point out that even in the simplest Miele steam ovens, nothing is guaranteed to burn or digest.
There are steam ovens of this brand that have truly fantastic features, However, it is worth noting that the price of these masterpieces of household appliances turns out to be fantastic. Consider a similar option on the example of the model Miele DGC 6805, the price tag on which varies in the range of 380 thousand rubles.
Consumers first of all note the fact that this stove has a connection to the water source and sewage system, which saves the owners to pour water and monitor its level during the cooking process, and does not require draining the resulting condensate. Most people who want to buy a steam oven are interested in this particular feature of its design.
The next big advantage of this model is called the working surface coating, made according to PerfectClean technology, which allows the oven walls to be cleaned independently during the cooking process. This is due to the porous structure of the ceramic wall covering (in Miele, it has the name “flax”), which, like a sponge, absorbs impurities and splits them into carbon dioxide and water. And in this steam furnace, as buyers note, self-cleaning coating is installed over the entire surface of the working chamber, and not just on its back or top wall. Additionally, there are programs for soaking, rinsing and drying the working chamber.
Cooking modes are diverse and include almost all currently existing food processing technologies:
- Steam cooking;
- Warming up;
- Two functions of the grill, as well as a grill with blowing;
- Convection +;
- Pastries (including special cakes);
- Three steam functions (upper steam, lower steam and complex effects).
Additionally, it is worth mentioning the possibility to cook three different dishes without mixing smells and tastes, maintaining the temperature of the finished dish and the function of steam extraction.
Holders of such a device on the forums dedicated to household appliances and kitchen equipment, deservedly called the lucky ones.
This company produces both steamers of the average price category, and ovens with the function of steamers, which are distinguished by a high price tag. Steamers of this manufacturer are very simple, they have only 4 basic modes: steam, defrosting, heating and dough.
Unlike them, combi - plates have a very large range of possibilities, for example, upper and lower steam and heat, various grill functions and baking modes, including complex ones, for example, pies or pizza mode. There is 100% steaming, reheating ready meals and raising dough.
Buyers note that the EasyClean self-cleaning system, declared by the manufacturer, is installed only on the back of the oven, the rest of its surface must be cleaned by hand. There are also no connections to the water supply system and the condensate drainage system, the complete set includes a removable liter water tank and there is a function that allows notifying the owners of its insufficient quantity. There is a function of blocking the door from children and the cooling of the oven, about 40 cooking programs.
Judging by the reviews, the built-in ovens - Neff steamers work without complaints for quite a long time.
Built-in steamers of this company have a modest set of the most necessary functions, but at the same time a very variable price tag. The number of modes is minimal. This mode steam cooking, defrosting, sterilization. Buyers note as a plus the presence of different pallets for each level, allowing not to mix the juices of products.
They also praise a decent level of security and a stylish appearance, but most of them are dissatisfied with the price. To clean the inner surface, the manufacturer suggests using a sponge, which users mention with a sense of humor.
Steamers manufactured by this company are both autonomous and embedded. There are not too many reviews about them, but they are mostly positive. People who buy models of built-in steam boilers of this particular company indicate that it is possible to purchase an almost budget option, of course, given the price level for similar devices from other manufacturers. For a very reasonable price, you can get the function of steaming, and, using a thermal probe, heating and maintaining the temperature of the finished dishes.
In more complex models that combine convection and vaporization, there is a fairly large selection of cooking modes and programs. Their 50, plus you can make 10 copyright. According to customer reviews, even moving away from preset programs, and experimenting with levels of heating and vaporization, it is absolutely impossible to get a burned-out product. As a minus mention the lack of a book of recipes.