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WARNING: During use do not touch the base, steamer bowls or lid as they get very hot.
Always use oven mitts when handling the steamer.
When steaming is complete, the timer will give a single ring and automatically shut off the
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steaming
function.
When you have finished using the appliance, unplug from the wall socket and leave to cool completely
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before removing the Drip Tray.
WARNING: Use caution when removing the Drip Tray. While other parts of the unit
may be cool, the water in the Water Reservoir and the Drip Tray may still be very hot.
For high altitude cooking, steaming times may need to be increased. Exact times vary by location
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Steaming times stated in the charts and recipes are only a guide. Times may vary depending on the
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size of food pieces, spacing of the food in the Steamer Bowl, freshness of food, and personal
preference. As you become familiar with the Steamer, adjust cooking times.
A single layer of food steams faster than several layers. Therefore, the cooking time for a larger quantity
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of food will be increased. For example, 2 Ibs. of broccoli florets will need longer to steam than 1 lb.
For best results, be sure pieces of food are similar in size. If pieces vary in size and layering is
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required, place smaller pieces on top.
Do not crowd food in the Steaming Bowl or Rice Bowl. Arrange the food with spaces between pieces
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to allow for maximum steam flow.
When steaming large quantities of food, remove lid about halfway through the steaming time
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and stir using a long handled utensil, protecting your hands from the steam with oven mitts.
Do not add salt and seasoning to the Steaming Bowl until after cooking. This is to avoid possible
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damage to the heating element located in the Water Reservoir
Save liquid in Drip Tray to use in soups, sauces, and gravies
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Never steam meat, poultry or seafood from frozen. Always thaw completely first.
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All the times stated in the "Steaming Charts and Recipes" are based on the use of cold water in the
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Water Reservoir.
The Rice Bowl is an ideal container for steaming other foods such as fruit. vegetables. puddings,
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quick breads, cakes, etc. For best results, cook quick breads and cakes in a loaf pan.
Using two Steaming Bowls
Always place the largest pieces of food with the longest cooking time in the lower bowl
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You may place a different food in the upper and lower bowls. Condensation will drip from the upper
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bowl onto the lower bowl; be sure the flavors compliment each other.
Steaming times for food in the upper bowl are usually slightly longer so allow an extra 5 minutes.
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If foods with different cooking times are being steamed, start the food with the longest cooking time in
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the lower Bowl. Then when the remaining steaming time reaches that of food with the shortest cooking
time, carefully remove the Lid with oven mitts and place the Separator Ring and upper Basket on top.
Cover with lid and continue steaming.

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