How to Choose a Steamer – Cook Healthy Food Without Fat

Steaming your food is one of the healthiest ways to cook. You don’t have to worry about food drying out when you steam. Another benefit to steaming is you don’t need to use oil when you cook, cutting calories.

With steaming, vegetables keep their nutritional value, they don’t get boiled away. So whether you’re looking to just make up a pot of rice or steam some vegetables there are a few things you need to think about with how to choose a steamer.

The first thing to consider with how to choose a steamer is if you want a stove top steamer that you can just use with another pot of water like a double boiler or do you want a stand alone plug in unit. There are benefits to both types.

  • Double Boiler: You don’t lose storage space with another kitchen gadget.  You can control how fast an item steams simply by using the range controls.
  • Countertop Steamer: Dedicated unit specifically designed for steaming. It cooks faster than a double boiler. You don’t need to wait for the entire pan of water to start boiling.

Once you’ve figured out whether you want a range steamer or a countertop steamer you’ll need to figure out how large the dishes are you plan on preparing. If you’re only cooking for yourself then you can choose a much smaller steamer. If instead you’re cooking for a large family look for stackable steamers. These let you add one or two layers on top of the steam unit doubling or tripling the amount you can cook.

Whether you want a range steamer or countertop steamer you’ll be thrilled with the results you get from steaming your food. Just pick a unit sized right for your family and you’ll be enjoying great tasting rice, vegetables, and delicate fish dishes in no time.

Win a $101 OXO Gift Voucher Simply Tag OXO on Facebook

OXO the official pageIt’s been one of those weeks, what with my grandaughter’s car breaking down miles from home and my husbands medical problems that I nearly missed out on passing this great competition onto you.  

 So I do apologise, because this is too good to miss.

For your chance to win one of 10 prizes of $101 worth of excellent OXO products you simply need to enter the OXOnomics 101 Contest on Facebook by 9 October 2009.

Now here’s the really good bit. It’s really easy.

To be in the running to win this great prize, all you have to do is become a fan of OXO – the Official Page and dedicate your  status update on Facebook to OXO by tagging OXO – The Official Page, and comment on OXO’s post for your official entry.

How easy is that! Facebook is the social media phenomenom that we all love to use when it comes to keeping in touch with family and friends.  It is so easy to dash off a few lines of text letting everyone know what you are up to.

For those who are unfamiliar with tagging this is what you need to do:

To tag OXO – The Official Page in your status, use the “@” symbol beforehand, and click on OXO – The Official Page in the drop down menu.

 Visit for more information on Facebook Tagging.

And OXO, well they have to be the kitchen accessories available.  Everything is ergonomically designed with good looks and practical functionality in mind.  I use OXO goodgrips products because they work.

So off you go, quickly now and tag OXO on Facebook, write something nice about OXO in your facebook status and be in with the chance to win a $101 OXO Voucher.

Keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age and live in one of the 50 States of America.

Visit for all the Official Rules to the contest.

I found that by typing OXO the Official Page into the search function on Facebook I was easily able to find them.

Announcing the Winners of our First Competition

Firstly we would like to thank everyone who participated in our recent giveaway. We received lots of excellent comments and it was really difficult to come to a decision.

In fact we found it so hard that we had to add a 4th prize.

So without further ado I would like to announce the winners of the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway:

  • 1st place – Sezin O – $100.00
  • 2nd place – David H – $50.00
  • 3rd place – Kimberly C – $25.00
  • and our added Bonus prize goes to – Sky S (for the most comments left) $25.00

Once again thank you to all participants.  We will be running another competition very soon so why not sign up for our newsletter so that you don’t miss out on the opportunity to be in the running for another great prize.

Our Blog is Entered in the Best WordPress Design 2009 Competition

WPContestNominee300Our blog has been entered in the Best WordPress Design 2009 Competition being run by

Now we are pretty excited about this competition as apart from getting even more exposure for Only Cookware, there are some great prizes up for grabs.

We would certainly appreciate our readers voting for our blog, the voting begins on September 1, 2009.

Thank you for your support, and don’t forget to watch out for our next exciting competition right here on Only-Cookware.

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway – Leave a Comment to Enter

Amazon Gift Card

This contest has now ended. You can view the winners here…

We are running our very first giveaway with a prize of a $100 Amazon Gift Card for the winner plus prizes for 2 runners-up….a $50 Amazon Gift Card for 2nd place and $25 for 3rd.

To enter all you need to do is leave a mininum of 2 comments on our blog – leave the first one below this blog post so we know you want to be entered and leave the second comment on any other post on our blog…

So just so it’s clear you need to leave 2 comments in total (although you can leave more if you like) – one on this post and one on any other post on the blog.

The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning.

The entries close at midnight (PDT) on Saturday 29th August and the winners will be contacted the next day via email.

To be eligible you must be over 18 and live in a country that allows you to purchase from Amazon. No point having a gift card if you can’t use it so please check first.

We will choose our favorite comments as the winners. This could be the most constructive, helpful, funniest or informative comments or just the best question asked and we will publish the results (with winners names) on this blog.


STEP 1: Leave a comment below telling us you want to be entered.

STEP 2: Leave a comment on any other blog post on our site.

STEP 3: That’s it…your done…you can leave as many comments as you like. the more you leave, the better your chances of winning.

Good Luck!!

Wanda & Paula