Silicon Vegetable Steamer
Find that half-broken metal vegetable steamer that has a few rust spots and two broken panels and throw it out. You know the one I mean, the one that scratch your non-stick cookware.
The silicon steamer has arrived. In the last 3-4 years there has been an explosion of silicon cookware from muffin pans to cookie sheets. And the full disclosure is that I haven't tried any of it. I already have a muffin pan and I couldn't quite justify buying new all new baking pans just to have the pretty colors.
That said, buying this smart and affordable (under $10.00) silicon steamer was a no-brainer for me. For years I've struggled to cook with imperfect metal steamers which rarely fit the pan right and usual have a life span of under 2 years.
I've been using this steamer for about 2 months now and it awesome. I've added a link to it in our Amazon store (top right of blog) but you should be able to get it at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, or any numerous cooking gadget store. Give a shout out to me if you've used the silicon bakeware. Now that I love this steamer, I might be willing to give them a try.
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I've never actually baked with them, but I use silicon cupcake molds as mini-bowls for condiments, hummus, or bean salad in my lunch all the time. I also am in love with the set of silicone pinch pots I picked up last summer - perfect for putting fresh cracked pepper or kosher salt in little bowls on the table, or just mustard to dip a grilled cheese in. I also have silicone cups specially made to poach eggs in, which work really well too.
Love this vegetable steamer! I need one.
I have a bunch of the bakeware but I don't like it that much. I find that you have to put it on top of a metal cookie sheet or else it's too floppy.
Thanks Allison and Jesse. I thought it might be too floppy to bake in without a metal cookie sheet.
I have a silicon cupcake pan. It's darling with heart shaped cupcakes. I got it from my mom for V-day...a few years ago. Embarassed to say I have never used it! That strainer is awesome tho. We are on our second of those cheap metal,scratch your pans steamers.
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