Wednesday, October 15, 2008


A few months ago, a friend had a Pampered Chef party and I decided to purchase the Small Micro-Cooker. It is a pan "customized for microwave cooking! Prepare veggies, melt butter, heat soups and reheat leftovers."

I love it. It is so nice to steam vegetables in. I use barely any water compared to the amount of water that I had to use when I steamed my vegetables on the stove top. In part, this is because I don't worry about the vegetables sticking/burning to the bottom of the pan. With less water, I like to believe that I am pouring away less nutrients when I drain off the water used for steaming. The vegetables have a nice bite to them when they are done, which I like as well. Mushy vegetables are no good.

When you prepare leftovers it is a convenient way to reheat most anything that you would have made in a saucepan - soup, rice, pasta with sauce, etc. You can also use it to heat up canned pasta dishes like Spaghettios.

The design of the cooker includes venting in the lid. This allows you to cover the food, so it won't spatter all over the microwave, but allows the steam to vent during the cooking process (no more lids blowing off the dish you are reheating). Additionally, the vented lid allows an easy one-handed way to drain the water after you are done cooking.

And, it is dishwasher-safe, a definite plus in my book. Since my regular cookware has to be hand-washed, using this dish for preparing my side dish saves me from having to wash one additional pan.

Check out the Tools others are using at Toolin' Up Tuesday over at Life As Mom. You can also find out what works for others over at Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer.


Audra Krell said...

I have this too and absolutely love it. I agree with you exactly on the vegetables.

Heart of Wisdom said...

I bought on of these for my dad. He finds it so easy to cook in this. It encourages him to eat healthy.
I love your blog. Nice Job!

I would love for you to come and visit me and see the benefits of using an MP3 player for storytime for children.

See you there!

BusyMom said...

heart of wisdom...we got our son a CD player and books on CD last year for Christmas. We continue to check them out from the library too. This allows him to have "quiet" time in his room and listen to and follow along with the story...sounds similar to the MP3 idea you mention on your site.

Grammy said...

My daughter has one. I did not know it was from Pampered Chef.

Niki Jolene said...

Pampered Chef has some great stuff!


Unknown said...

I never heard of this, but it sounds genius : )! Hope your weekend is delightful!