I received my Black & Decker Steamer and Rice Cooker as a gift and it changed by life forever. I love this steamer! It can be used for so many things and it is so easy to use.
You can make any kind of rice in it - white or brown, New Orleans dirty rice (by adding chopped celery, carrots, onions and a little poultry seasoning) or wonderful Indian rice (with the addition of raisins, cashews, turmeric, and cardamom). It's perfect for preparing left-overs and they turn out moist and wonderful. The steamer prepares veggies so easily and they have amazing flavor and ALL the vitamins that freshly steamed vegetables have and we need to be thin and healthy. The color of the veggies tells it all - bright green and so tasty. Chicken cooks up more flavorfully than you can imagine. My neighbor likes warming up her baby food in it.
It's incredibly convenient because when you're done cooking with it, you can throw all non-electrical parts of the steamer into the dishwasher.
And the ease of preparing anything is just wonderful! Throw a cup of water into the reservoir in the middle and put the food in the well you place on top. Turn on the timer to whatever time you want and that's it. There’s nothing more to do. It rings when it's done, and everything is perfectly cooked and full of flavor.
I even cook poached eggs in it. I put the poaching tray right in the middle of the food tray (that sits on top of the water) and grind some fresh pepper on top, a sprinkle of salt, and set the timer for 15 minutes (or 10 if you like it less done). It cooks and sets you free to do other chores. When you're done with your chores, it's time to eat the perfectly cooked poached eggs and they are delicious!
The bottom line….this steamer makes it so easy to cook even when you're not in the mood to cook, while retaining all the vitamins that you need for the Joel Fuhrman - Eat to Live kind of successful life we're all trying so hard to reach.