Steam cooking has never appealed to me personally. I prefer sauce dishes with a thousand flavors or well-marinated grilled meat. However, healthy dishes are always good for health and especially for losing weight. However, this is not to talk to you about steam cooking recipes, but to give you tips on how to properly clean and maintain your appliance! You might think that with this type of robot that cooks only with steam, with water, cleaning would be reduced to a single wipe with a sponge and that’s it! No, it takes a little more, but not much, don’t worry.

Tatar, you know?

That little thin layer that, if you don’t attack it, gets stronger because of the quality of the water you use. Calcareous water, so hard water. A mixture of magnesium and calcium that solidifies when exposed to heat. It settles mainly in the bottom of your stove, where the steam is distributed by the baskets stacked on top of each other.

Steam cooker: what are the signs of urgent cleaning?

Your steamer needs to be cleaned when the white, chalky deposits around the steam nozzles are visible to the naked eye. Also, if you notice that the amount of steam is diminishing and your stove is spitting instead of emitting steam, that means it needs to be cleaned as well!

How do you descale a steamer?

I’ll tell you right now and without waiting: the two magic ingredients are white vinegar and distilled water!

How do you clean a portable or standalone steamer?

Before cleaning and descaling

  • First, make sure the appliance is turned off.
  • Clean the bottom and lid thoroughly and remove all food debris. Get a toothpick to the places where, for example, the small piece of carrot would have stuck.
  • Clean everything with a damp cloth soaked in soapy water and rinse with clean water.

No need to use caustic detergents here, we are not talking about cleaning oily pots full of grease traces.

To remove lime residue

  • Fill the container with distilled white vinegar or white cleaning vinegar.
  • Replace it and run the stove at a very high temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Be careful and stay away from the steam to avoid burns.
  • Once the time is up and your stove is no longer emitting steam, rinse the tank thoroughly and allow it to dry thoroughly.
  • Repeat the process with distilled water heated the same way to remove all traces of vinegar.

This tip also applies to all appliances that use steam such as kettles, irons, steam generators.

Some top-of-the-line models have a self-cleaning feature or an anti-scale filter, but a little vinegar bath every now and then won’t hurt!

How do you wash a steam basket?

There are different types of baskets: baskets made of heat-resistant thermoplastic, without bisphenol and there are also baskets made of glass or stainless steel, all depends on the model of your steamer. In any case, regardless of the material, the elements of your appliance can be put in the dishwasher, but they still take up a lot of space. Therefore, I recommend you to clean them by hand. Keep in mind that stainless steel baskets are much more durable over time than the others.

And for maintenance?

2 tips you should follow:

  1. Give preference to mineral water

However, if you use tap water, remember to empty and rinse the water tank or cooking bowl after each use to prevent the formation of limescale.

  1. Perform regular cleaning to prolong the life of your appliance

The next 2 questions will definitely help me finally put my mom’s gift to good use!

How do I place food in a steamer?

Place foods that are easier to cook, such as fish, on the top rack. And foods that require a longer cooking time, such as meat or carrots, place on the first shelf near the water.

Finally, a little tip for less bland cooking

Add a flavor cube to the water tank, a few drops of lemon, or replace the water with white wine when cooking fish.

No more excuses to use your steamer more often, and me first! Easy, healthy eating without a lot of hassle. No more cooking pots full of cooking oil!