Sunday, December 20, 2009

First Ever Product Review & Giveaway - Black & Decker Handy Steamer and Rice Cooker

Well hello everyone! For those of you in the Northeast, I hope you are all surviving this winter storm that came through this weekend. I am pretty much snowed in, as they are still trying to clear campus from the snow. Good thing I having no where I need to be.

Anyway as promised here is my first ever giveaway/product review here at Certifiably Fit. I’m pretty excited about this and hopefully you are too!

Let’s get some business things out of the way before I get to the review.
  • The following product was provided without cost to me by csnstores.com
  • I was not compensated other than getting to keep the product after the review.

Ok business done! Now onto the review.

Product: Black & Decker Handy Steamer and Rice Cooker


Product features (Taken from the box):
  • 4-qt basket with built in egg holders
  • 5-cup rice bowl
  • Drip tray with built-in Flavor Scenter screen
  • Water reservoir
  • External water-fill inlet
  • Water window with water level indicator
  • 75- minute timer with signal bell and auto shut off
  • Power indicator light

My Experience:
I was able to choose the product I got to test and I picked this product because, as a site that is focused on healthy living, I felt a cooking appliance that allows the user to cook with a method that supports healthy eating would be a great idea. I already was steaming food prior to this but I was using other methods such as in pots on the stove top and using the microwave.  I also picked this model based on the fact that the appliance is small (I have a tiny apartment), and that I have had good experiences with Black & Decker products in the past.

Steaming food by the way has all kinds of health benefits like: cooking without added oil or fats & helps preserve some of the vitamins that are lost during other methods of cooking. If you want to read more about steaming food check out the following sites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steaming
http://www.grandtimes.com/Hot_Cooking.html

To test out this steamer for the review, I steam cooked some chicken, some brown rice, and some cauliflower. I have to say the food turned out great. This was my first time having steamed skinless chicken breast and I seasoned it prior to putting it in and also used the scenter screen with garlic and it turned out with great flavor and very moist. It took less time to cook the chicken than it does with my normal method of searing on the stove then baking for the rest of the time. The rice also turned out good and better than my stovetop version. Only complaint on the rice was it took about 20 mins longer than the stovetop method. Finally I used it to steam a head of fresh cauliflower. My partner and I both thought it turned out perfect and we both swear it tasted better than the way I normally prepare it.

Below are my pros and cons to this steamer based on my experience.       

Pros 
  • Small design
  • Easy to clean (most parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher on the top-rack)
  • Not complicated to put together or use
  • Manual included suggested cook times for common foods that are steamed. For my tests they were pretty accurate.
  • Timer and auto shut off – always a plus when multi-tasking in the kitchen

Cons
  • Side handles to the top – You have to use pot holders so that you don’t chance getting burned when lifting off the top. A top handle probably would have been better to eliminate that risk. However, you use the top to set the basket on when done which you couldn’t do if the top handle was there unless it folded in flat.

Anyway, from the experience I would recommend this steamer to a small household that are looking to have a way to consistently steam foods. Also, is great for those who have smaller kitchens and are limited on storage space since it is fairly small.


The Giveaway:
So I was able to work a deal with the member of the promotions team at CSN Stores to be able to offer one of my readers this steamer. So here is what you need to do to enter to win.

  • Leave a comment on this post by noon on Sunday, Dec 27, 2009
  • To get additional entries (one additional entry per task)
    • Announce this giveaway on your blog and email me with the link to your post.
    • Start following me on twitter and announce this giveaway on your Twitter, use the tag #certifiablyfit
  • You must be in the US or Canada (sorry my international friends)

The winner will be drawn at random and will be announced on Monday, Dec 28th in my weekly To Do post.  If you have any questions feel free to email me at certifiablyfit@gmail.com. Good luck!


I would like to thank Jamie, the promotions team member at CSN Stores for working with me to provide this opportunity. I wanted to point out that once the order was placed the product was shipped super fast and came in without damage. Also, checking out their site, I noticed that their prices are pretty reasonable so I wouldn't be surprised if I do some ordering from them in the future, especially since they have such a wided range of products.

15 comments:

  1. Sounds like something Noah and I could use when Gary is away to make some quick, easy and healthy meals! Amy

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  2. I've always wanted a steamer. Usually I just boil foods, but this would be better I think, for some types of veggies.

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  3. If I didn't already have a rice cooker, this sounds like a great one to try. Thanks for the helpful review!

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  4. What a fantastic giveaway!! Wow, so cool. I would love to enter, but it just so happens that I was given one of these last year for Christmas! I've only used it once because it's only Nick and I here, and my simple small steamer I put in the saucepans is all we need. I will use it a lot more when we have kids or when I have parties and make a lot of food. Great review, I agree with your pros and cons. It was complicating at first for me to use, but I'm so bad at reading directions!

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  5. I love steamed veggies- taste great and are good for you too! I'm a vegetarian, and tried steaming tofu once with very good results- I sliced a lemon and laid it on top of all my veggies and tofu to let the juice soak through the veggies as they steam.

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  6. I have always wanted a rice cooker, what a great giveaway!

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  7. Yes please! I would love to be entered! Thank you.

    ssummmer(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I follow you on twitter and tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/fokxxy/status/6973474749

    ssummmer(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Sounds like it was a good pick...an easy way to make healthy meals is always a plus!

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  10. Thought I had left this comment already. Guess it didnt go through. Link to my post with announcing your giveaway.

    http://enduranceisntonlyphysical.blogspot.com/2009/12/gluten-free-life.html

    I'm so excited about this giveaway! I love steamed veggies!

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  11. I love steamed veggies...hope I win!

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  12. I put something on twitter not sure if i did it right but it's there.

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  13. This sounds like the perfect appliance for healthy living while on the go.

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