Tuesday, March 23, 2010

As a change from my recent concern with the world, this post is about a serious hole in the retail world’s offerings

I’m talking about steamer inserts. Laugh if you will; but, somewhere along the line I lost a very nice flat bottom, stainless steel insert that had a hundred or so little holes in the bottom that fit perfectly into two stainless steel pots that I’ve got. It worked wonderfully for corn on the cob, asparagus, green beans and so on.

I’ve missed it, not all that often but often enough.

I’ve made do by putting a “spatter screen” over the pot and kind of covering that with a lid. I’ve wandered the Internet looking for my lost friend. I’ve been to Target, Sam’s, Wal-Mart and Cooks Warehouse (pricey but cool). It’s made and for sale with its pot friends, not as a single. That's not totally true. My friend isn't worth (sorry friend) the lowest price of $55 that I saw.

So I broke down and bought something I don’t need and don’t really want, a metal colander ($7.99) that has handles that will rest on the sides of the pots with enough of a “well” in it that I can maybe properly steam the food, if I figure out a way to cut off the base and then put it in the well of the colander to create a flat surface to put the vegetables on.

I wonder how much a precision hack saw costs?


Posol'stvo the Medved said...


Posol'stvo the Medved said...


Posol'stvo the Medved said...

Or am I misinterpreting what you are looking for?

Debo Blue said...

Debo Blue's self-made steamer:

take stainless steel pot

take tin foil (aluminum foil) and bunch and shape into worm-like form to fit circumference of pot

fill pot with water to tin foil's height

place ceramic plate on top of tin foil

place items on plate

steam food 'til done.

You sure you're not gadget-obsessed?

Kvatch said...

I miss little tags in my shirts. When you wake up early and need to dress, those little tags are very useful for helping you get your shirt on straight.

GAP stopped putting tags in their t-shirts some years ago. It's a great loss.

Dave said...

I didn't see those Pos, though I wanted something that sat up a bit more in the pot.

I did use my new colander last night. It works without the hack saw changes.

Yes, Debo, I do like gadgets.

Finally, I have one of those Tee Shirts and they are a pain.