In the modern kitchen there are many useful devices, among which the steamer stands out. Such products help to prepare the most healthy and tasty dishes. In this article we will talk about steamers from the famous brand Philips.
Among all Philips steam boilers the most popular models are HD 9120 and HD 9140. Each one has three steam baskets and the same power ratings. And for the price they are very democratic.
These models are analogous to most steam cookers, which can be seen on sale. In the lower part of the product there is a chamber for heating water, from where the steam comes. Above it are compartments for the placement of food, which is prepared precisely because of the entry of hot steam from the lower compartment.
There is nothing difficult in controlling the Philips Steamer, you just need to understand what the signs on the buttons on its control panel mean (on-off, cooking fish, vegetables, chicken, etc.). Selecting the desired mode, you simply set the time required for cooking dishes. When it ends, the double boiler will automatically shut off.
As a rule, in a double boiler there are three baskets for placing products in them. At the base of each of them is a hole, through which the vapor spreads. Baskets are of two types - the same in size and different, which can be inserted one into one.
Complete with a double boiler goes bowl, located in one of the baskets. In this bowl you can boil rice. And one more attribute of a double boiler is holders for six eggs.
The process of cooking rice in the usual way, in a saucepan, takes about 20 minutes, and in a double boiler the process will be longer, but the result will impress you with excellent taste and grains, which will be each separately, not stuck together.
The baskets with the same capacity usually have additional adapters - external water sensors. It is very convenient, because it is so convenient to control the remaining amount of water in the tank and prevent the boiling process to run dry.
Another component is a “spout” through which water is poured. Thanks to him, this can be done without removing the baskets, which means scalding, as well as burns, can thus be avoided.
In the double boiler there must be a label located in the outer part of the tank under the water and showing the maximum permissible water level, as well as the minimum permissible. If you break the rule and pour water above, the double boiler will throw out excess water, and hot water.
If the baskets in the double boiler are all the same size, it is possible to change them in places, thus changing the effect on them of temperature. This refers to the pluses, and the minus in this case will be that the baskets cannot be compactly folded one to one.
If the baskets are of different sizes, then in this case, the plus will be in the possibility of their compact storage, and the minus - in the impossibility of changing the baskets in places, so the cooking process in this case should be thought out beforehand.
Quite a frequent occurrence - a removable base from the double boiler. Thus, the cooking process becomes more flexible - by removing the base, the amount of steam can be increased. In addition, with a removable base, manual cleaning of the double boiler is facilitated, and it is easier to put it in the dishwasher.
On most of these devices are timers, with which you can set the time that will be needed for the preparation of a particular dish. When the time is over, the double boiler will notify you about this with a short bell.
Some models have convenient handles to move them from place to place, for example, in a dishwasher or in a storage cabinet. These devices are also good because the food in them after cooking will remain hot for at least another hour, or even two.
This function is specifically configured during cooking, but do not forget to check that after the cooking process is completed, the water in the lower tank still remains. Otherwise, the food will not remain hot, because the process will not be able to function.
In addition, in some models of Philips there is a special container into which the juice is collected. It has the appearance of an extra bowl directly above the water box. The resulting juice can be the basis of the sauce or soup.
In this model, in addition, there is a unique container in which herbs and spices can be placed, which gives the dish a unique taste. You can simply put the seasonings you like the most, and the steam will do the rest of the work, filling the finished dish with the indescribable flavor of the spices you prefer.
Which model is better?
For any model of Philips, first of all, its management system is important, as well as the operating power. These parameters first of all pay attention when they buy a double boiler.
There is an opinion that the best model is the one with the biggest power. However, with this statement it is possible to argue. Indeed, on many such devices, the power is regulated and can be set as 650 W and all 2000. It is clear that at higher power the cooking process will go faster, but the speed depends on the amount of steam, that is, on the size of the basket itself, in which the food is located and on the type of product design.
But which Philips model is the best? If not the most powerful, then what? Definitely not answer such a question, because when choosing a double boiler, everything should be taken into account, and not just one parameter. Much depends, for example, on the control system, it would seem that what is special there is still extremely simple, but there are small features here. All Philips models are divided into two types:
Electronic control system
These are the most functional products. Here it is possible to delay the cooking or reheat the prepared food for a specified time. This control system must have a display showing all the modes set for the device.
These Philips products are good in their own way. First of all, you do not need to deal with tricky modes and a bunch of obscure buttons. You can simply set the timer cooking time and not think about anything else - at the right moment the steamer will notify you that the food is ready.
Criterias of choice
If all the products are good, then on what to stop? First, inspect the pallet. Its sides should not be lower than 2-2.5 centimeters, otherwise you will have a lot of problems with them, every now and then, draining the condensate that will accumulate in the pan. This is a waste of your time, with such a device you will not be able to just set the time and go away - you will have to stay close.
And do not drain the excess water in any way, because the device may become unusable due to the fact that moisture gets into the heating element. It is also important that the pallet had handles, because the condensate will always be hot and without special handles you can easily burn your hands.
Another selection criterion for the Philips Steamer is the number of pallets. Several pallets will be required if impregnation of dishes that are placed in the lower baskets with upper flavors is undesirable. But, perhaps, you think that it is even good, if the vegetables are soaked with the aroma of meat - then choose a model with one tray.
If a rice bowl is included in the kit of your chosen Philips model, you can put the top products in it, and then the juice from above will not flow into the lower baskets.
These are all the basic parameters by which steamers are usually chosen, and it is up to you to decide which one you choose.
The feedback on Philips steamers is overwhelmingly positive. Many people write about the benefits of steamed food, that cooking does not require your constant presence - it is very convenient to use - turn on and forget about the kitchen until you hear the bell.
Users also note the ability to cook several dishes at the same time (this depends on the number of tiers), as well as the ease of care for the product. I also like how easy it is to operate the device - just water is poured into the compartment and the timer switches on at the right time. The Philips steam cooker with a transparent casing is praised for observing the entire cooking process.
There is a discontent caused by the situation in which after cooking in a pan and in a container for spices, so much water is collected that it is impossible to convey to the sink without spilling it. But this happens only at the initial maximum level of water - this is first, and secondly, you can in fact, before carrying the sink, draw some water into some container. So this lack at all and no lack of any.