Joseph Joseph® Lotus™ Non-Scratch Folding Steamer Basket
I've been using this steamer twice a week for over a year. I use a Teflon coated 5 quart pot and load the steamer with either carrots, broccoli, red beets etc. If I pack it with broccoli it's hard to pull it out of the pot so I pick off a layer of two before I pull it out. Then I can use my bare hands to grip it when I gently pour the contents onto a plate (can't do that with metal). Only problem I had was when a leaf popped out when I hand washed it but it snapped back in.
One reviewer said it was rated at 110 degrees. If you go back and read the specs on this and it states 110 degrees C which is 230 F. If you run out of water as you steam I'm sure it would greatly exceed 230 F and melt.
November 13, 2014
I hate this thing. The first time I tried using it the weight of the veggies (which wasn't even that much, just some snow peas) made it fall completely into the water when I wasn't looking and so everything got boiled. I tried using it with a smaller pot but it did the same thing. The only pot you can use it with where it won't collapse and fall in is a tiny soup pot and that defeats the purpose because then the steam doesn't get all the veggies. Awful product.
November 10, 2014
Lotus Steamer Basket, Melted in my Cuisinart Pan
I am so incredibly disappointed. Just ruined a pan full of veggies, as this basket melted into my Cuisinart pan. I have used this a few times before and it worked fine, but today, no more! Buyer Beware! Do not buy. Junk!
August 3, 2014
Great little steamer
I've used this over a dozen times in the last year and it works great. I've used it in aluminum and ceramic pots with cauliflower, broccoli and green beans. I dump the steamed veggies on a plate and then just rinse it clean. I'm going to buy another one for my sister. I put the cheese on the veggies after I remove them from the steamer, but she doesn't. I wonder how easy it will be to clean up with melted cheese on it? Guess we will find out!
July 10, 2014
cant take the heat
This product melted the first time. And of course it did after looking closer it is only heat resistant up to 110 degrees and water doesn't even boil until 212 degrees. The only way to steam veggies is to get the water to a boil which means the pot reaches too high of a temperature above the water level as well.
June 27, 2014
Melted after many uses
I probably used this 20 times with no problems and thought it was awesome. Affordable and easy to grab out of the pot without burning yourself. Tonight however, several of the flaps melted and now are stuck together permanently. Not sure why, as I was just steaming artichokes like I've done many times before. I am beyond disappointed and wanted to share my experience since it seems as if the only people who wrote about it melting said it happened on the first try. I'm here to say, buyer beware. It may not happen today or tomorrow, but you may be looking at a ruined steamer basket the next time you cook. Regrettably, I'm going back to the metal ones I guess.
February 7, 2014
Melted on first use!
I steam everything, I make my own baby food, so it's not like I don't know how long it takes or at what temps to steam food. The feet were all snapped and dangling off after I steamed the very first batch of carrots! I took it back to BBB to exchange with the good old metal one, only to find out they no longer carry in the store? dumb, they asked if I wanted to order one, but I have baby food to make so off to Target I go.
Worst purchase I've made in a long time. Don't bother with this one.
February 1, 2014
Melted the very first time
I hate the taste of melted plastic on my veggies! I should have left it in it's display plastic because it looks kind of funky, but it doesn't work.
January 4, 2014