Black and Decker Food Steamer Instructions

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Black & Decker food steamers are used for steaming foods such as vegetables or rice. The manual timer steam system includes a steaming bowl and separate rice bowl. Steaming provides an alternative to baking or boiling and helps retain nutrients and vitamins in foods. Before using the Black & Decker steamer, you need to prepare the steamer and food to ensure that everything is cooked properly.

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  1. 1

    Wash and dry the parts to the steamer before using it for the first time. Steamers have a cover, rice bowl, steaming bowl, drip tray and bowl divider. Do not wash the base.

  2. 2

    Pour cold water into the base of the steamer. Use enough water to fill the base to the fill line inside the base opposite the timer. Place the drip tray in the base. Drip trays have handles on each side and high sides with a tubular opening in the centre. If you are using the rice bowl for rice, do not insert the drip tray.

  3. 3

    Add foods to the steamer bowl. Suggested amounts are 3 cups of food or less in the steamer bowl, 2 cups or less in the larger side of the divider bowl and 1 1/4 cups or less in the smallest part of the divider bowl.

  4. 4

    Place the steam bowl inside the drip tray. If you are using the divider bowl, insert the divider bowl inside the steam bowl. The steam bowl is the deep bowl with side handles. Place the cover on the steamer bowl. If you are steaming rice, add rice and water to the rice bowl and place inside the steamer bowl. Place the cover on the rice bowl. Turn handles so that they all line up in the base.

  5. 5

    Turn the timer knob to the desired time for cooking. If you want to steam the food for less than 15 minutes, turn the knob past 15 and slowly back it up to stop at the correct cooking time. Cooking times for some foods are listed in the recipe book that comes with the Black & Decker steamer.

Tips and warnings

  • Use oven gloves when handling hot bowls.
  • Never allow the steamer base to run dry when steaming.

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