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VonShef 3 Tier Steamer: Review

Food lover but kitchen shirker, Georgia tries out the VonShef 3 Tier Steamer. With limited cooking experience and a self-confessed clutz, how did she fare whipping up a batch of sweet potato brownies?  

Sweet Potato Brownies

I’m no great shakes in the kitchen (I haven’t got the patience) but I’m a little bit obsessed with the Deliciously Ella blog and wanted to give her sweet potato brownies a whirl. I’ve got a real sweet tooth but I try and eat as low-sugar as possible so was keen to give these veggie brownies a go.

I do have a steamer but my partner is usually in charge of this appliance. We always steam our veg but I’ve always been a bit wary of the steamer. As I’ve mentioned – my cooking skills aren’t great and I’ve always assumed this is a complex appliance to master. I thought it’d go awry if you get the water levels wrong or if you mucked up the timings and over-steamed the food. Essentially – I thought having a good sense of timing (not one of my strengths) would be key. How wrong I was.

I was very pleasantly surprised (and irritated at myself) that a steamer was so easy to use. I thought I’d need to keep checking the water or turning over the sweet potatoes. What an idiot – all you do is add some water, press a couple of buttons then leave it to steam.

I thought I’d be scouring the instruction manual to make sure I was doing it right (it felt deceptively simple) but it really was easy. The sweet potatoes came out lovely and the brownies were delicious – I’d definitely make them again.

I wish I could pick out something that was a negative but it really was easy to use. I liked that there was food icons on the steamer to advise you on timings so you didn’t need to have the instruction manual to hand. Cleaning was easy – the sweet potatoes didn’t stick to the base so it was more of a quick wash and rinse in the sink. Storage was great too. You can fit the tiers inside each other so it’s really only the base and one tier to store. Overall, I am very impressed.

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