I serve a variety of vegetables to my family and serve veggies with almost every meal. I especially like steaming veggies, which locks in flavor without the loss of fiber or nutrients that can occur with boiling. I also usually cook in cast iron, which cooks great but heats up throughout the pan including the handle. Thus, when recently offered the chance to review the silicone EasyVeggie Steamer and oven mitts set from Cuisinework in exchange for my honest opinion, I eagerly accepted the opportunity.
The Cuisinework silicone EasyVeggie Steamer and oven mitts set currently retails for $28.00 with a sale price of $16.95 on Amazon. My metal vegetable steamer cost $13.99, and other similar silicone cooking gloves typically cost between $10 and $20. I find the full price a bit expensive for my taste but consider the sale price quite reasonable. I would definitely pay $16.95 for a silicone veggie steamer and a pair of silicone oven mitts.
Made with premium food-grade FDA-approved rose red silicone, the EasyVeggie Steamer and oven mitts set from Cuisinework are non-toxic and odor-resistant. Safe to use in the oven or freezer, the steamer and mitts are heat-resistant up to 500° F and do not absorb flavors. The steamer fits in most pans, and the thick silicone retains its shape. The grip mitts cover the fingers and palm to make cooking and baking easier. Both the steamer and the gloves are top-rack dishwasher safe.
I have slowly been replacing many of my metal and plastic kitchen utensils with silicone versions. I love that silicone is sturdy and easy to clean. I was therefore quite excited to try my new silicone EasyVeggie Steamer and oven mitts set from Cuisinework. The steamer measures 8 inches in diameter, and the red silicone matches the rest of my kitchen beautifully. The oven mitts cover the finger and palms, which protects the hands from heat while leaving the wrists free to move around easily. Do note that the mitts come packaged one inside the other. (I thought my set was missing a glove until I contacted the company about the “problem.”)
The bottom of the silicone EasyVeggie Steamer features two circular sets of feet — one small and one large — that keep the bottom of the steamer out of your boiling water. You can put up to an inch of water in the bottom of your pan. The 8-inch steamer fits into my largest saucepan, which measures just slightly over 8 inches across. After you place the steamer in your pan, you can fold up the silicone sides slightly to form a bowl shape. Once you put your veggies in, connect the two handles using the clasp in the center to maintain the bowl shape. My only complaint about the EasyVeggie Steamer from Cuisinework is that the depression is not very deep. I like to load up my steamer with plenty of vegetables for my entire family. Unfortunately, I could not get as much as usual at once in the EasyVeggie Steamer. If the circumference were larger, this steamer would be more usable for me.
Although the silicone EasyVeggie Steamer from Cuisinework is a bit small for my needs, I do love that the silicone cleans up so thoroughly and easily in the dishwasher. My main complaint about metal steamers is that food sometimes gets stuck between the folding leafs. The one-piece design of the EasyVeggie Steamer means that bits and pieces of food has nowhere to hide. I can simply place the dirty utensil in the top rack of my dishwasher, and the silicone comes out clean every time. I rate the ease-of-cleaning extremely highly!
The silicone oven mitts from Cuisinework work great to protect my hands from hot cookware. I simply slip my fingers and thumb into the silicone mitts, and then I can touch any temperature surface up to 500°. The silicone is quite flexible, so I can wrap my hands around skillet handles, pots, and baking sheets. The textured surface on the palms provides excellent traction, which helps me get a grip on even the hottest cookware with ease. I love that I can pick up my cast iron cookware handles easily. Cleanup is also a breeze. If I spill a little on the mitts, I can rinse the silicone in my sink with some hot soapy water. When very dirty, the mitts wash up easily in the top rack of my dishwasher. I therefore rate the Cuisinework silicone oven mitts very highly.
If you are shopping for a vegetable steamer for one or two people, I recommend checking out the silicone EasyVeggie Steamer and oven mitts set from Cuisinework. Made with premium food-grade FDA-approved rose red silicone, the steamer and mitts are non-toxic, odor-resistant, heat-resistant up to 500°, and top-rack dishwasher-safe. The 8-inch steamer fits into my largest saucepan and steams enough veggies for a couple of dinners. The one-piece silicone is super easy to wash and never traps bits and pieces of food. The only downside is the small size makes steaming a lot of veggies more difficult. The oven mitts work great to protect my hands from hot cookware, and the textured surface on the palms provides excellent traction. Cleanup is also a breeze in my dishwasher.
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Cuisinework Silicone EasyVeggie Steamer and Oven Mitts Set Review © 2016 Heather Johnson
Cuisinework Silicone EasyVeggie Steamer and Oven Mitts Set in Package © 2016 Heather Johnson
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Bottom of Cuisinework Silicone EasyVeggie Steamer © 2016 Heather Johnson
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Peas Steamed in Cuisinework Silicone EasyVeggie Steamer © 2016 Heather Johnson
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