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Old 01-17-2011, 05:44 PM   #1
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Buying a little steamer/poacher

I have a big All Clad one that I love but it takes up a lot of room in the dishwasher and I don't always need such a big pot anyway; I see now that very sweet 3.5 qt steamers are sold - Caphalon (part of a set) and All Clad, but the steamer part doesn't go far into the pot; I guess it's more for steaming veggies than boiling noodles, huh?

I would hate to spend $125 for a pot, bring it home, and not have it live up to my expectations.

Anyone ?

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Old 01-17-2011, 09:57 PM   #2
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I have a big All Clad one that I love but it takes up a lot of room in the dishwasher and I don't always need such a big pot anyway; I see now that very sweet 3.5 qt steamers are sold - Caphalon (part of a set) and All Clad, but the steamer part doesn't go far into the pot; I guess it's more for steaming veggies than boiling noodles, huh?

I would hate to spend $125 for a pot, bring it home, and not have it live up to my expectations.

Anyone ?
I have a little folding steamer basket that I use for small stuff, it fits right into any size pot and just lifts out. I also have a 3 layer electric steamer that I can do larger portions in and do veggies and seafood all in the same pot. I think it's made by Rival or somebody - not really sure. But it's good too, don't have to use the stove.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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I remember my sister bought one of those stand up steamers years ago - but there's a difference in the kind of equipment you'd use to steam, and the kind you'd boil noodles in, right ?

I have a feeling that those small folding steamers would definitely lose the noodles; have you ever tried that ?
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:36 PM   #4
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I have a small one, 2 or 2 1/2 Qt I think? It came with a steamer basket and a pasta basket. The steamer basket sits up high and has side handles and the pasta basket has top handles that fold in. To be honest I don't use the pasta basket at all and I when I steam veggies I only really add about and inch or two of water. My Mom has the BIG size and she used the pasta basket and loves it.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:43 PM   #5
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A steamer basket and a pasta pentola are two different things.

To poach, you need to immerse the food and don't need an insert.
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