Collapsible Steaming Baskets

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2010/06/16 11:27:35 (permalink)

Collapsible Steaming Baskets

I'm trying to find one of these baskets. They used to be a very common kitchen widget b4 pots had accessory inserts and these newer type widgets that unfold like leaves. What I'm trying to find is the older type that were made of a steel mesh that collapsed flat when unused. I'm sure they are still around somewhere, but my searches have turned up empty and I haven't been able to find them in stores.
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    mbrookes
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/16 13:54:02 (permalink)
    The last one I saw was at a Salvation Army Thrift Store. I find that's a great place to look for older kitchen stuff that hasn't reached antique status yet.
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/16 14:08:36 (permalink)
    Dawn, I picked up a spare at a flea market for $1. Hmm, let me see if I can find some on the net.

    Norpro stainless steel vegetable steamer;  At Amazon.com  $7.97

    That seams kinda high though since you will have to pay shipping... unless you need some other stuff. It is eligible for free shipping if you spend $25 or more total on eligible stuff. I do like shopping there for cooking stuff. but I always do tha free shipping.

    Weird that Super Target of someplace like that would not have these.

    I use mine for steamed shrimp. Just sprinkle on some Tony's More Spice Creole, and some in tha water, and they are great!
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/16 14:49:31 (permalink)
    Joe, the Norpro that I found on Amazon is the petal type. This is like a mesh with a wire frame. If you place it on a flat surface it flattens out. Here's a link to one that being sold with a used pressure cooker on e-bay 


     http://i.ebayimg.com/10/!BpN6iegCGk~$(KGrHqUH-C8EuZlkM5UMBLqYwM31nw~~_3.JPG
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/16 15:30:54 (permalink)
    Ahh, I have never owned one of those. I have seen them before though. I can see the advantage for steaming some stuff. You can lift everything out of the pot. I guess it works for frying also?

    Dawn, what do you plan to steam, or fry, w/ this?
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/16 16:39:03 (permalink)
    Same as in the picture, pressure frying Joe.

    It seems to be the answer for less oil displacement and sits down very low. Low oil line of about 2-3" is critical to the process, so you need all the available surface area. Regular baskets have risers and lip hooks that require a higher oil line and have a smaller diameter then the vessel. I've been using a chinese skim with good sucess, but this seems to be an inexpensive and elegant solution.
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/16 16:51:56 (permalink)
    I have two of these.  Of course, I have had them for a while. 
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/16 17:00:24 (permalink)
    Mine broke , so I bouhgt a new fancy dancy one in Publix for $6.75.

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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/17 17:59:15 (permalink)
    I'm sure I've seen them in the housewares section of TJ Maxx and Marshall's.  Probably a little more expensive, but Bed, Bath, and Beyond as well.
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/19 07:56:52 (permalink)
    They sell them in all of my local grocery stores.
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/19 08:26:45 (permalink)
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/19 14:06:05 (permalink)
    Dawn----if you haven't already run out and bought one of the collapsing type go to the post I just entered-----great kitchen gadget.  You might get lucky in Beales just as I did yesterday.  Bought a microwave steamer and used it last night---super. 

    Will use it tonight with chicken breat and broccoli in 2 baskets. 3 minutes---on the table.
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/19 15:31:55 (permalink)
    Thanks Mariner. I'm not looking to steam with one of these baskets. It's for pressure frying with oil in a pressure cooker. Take a look at the link above to get an idea of what I'm trying to find.

    Wish Beall's, Steinmart,and all of these other chains would come down this far south. We finally got Kohl's, so maybe there's hope.
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/19 21:39:59 (permalink)
    I was right... works for frying also.

    You'll find one Dawn.
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/19 22:47:57 (permalink)
    Promise Joe ?
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/20 11:39:43 (permalink)
    I thought of a couple other places
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    Whole Foods - I would think for sure they would have them
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/20 12:51:22 (permalink)
    Just go to Publix I am sure there is one that far south.
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/06/20 13:06:39 (permalink)
    You can barely go a few miles in any direction and not run into a Publix or Winn Dixie. That's the whole problem down here though. None of the other national chains want to get into this market.
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    Re:Collapsible Steaming Baskets 2010/11/06 02:02:30 (permalink)
    OK folks. This is what I was asking a about. They were popular years ago and the last time I seen them was in Lecter's during the early 80's for a few bucks. I seen a commercial this evening that's touting these collapsible baskets as something new and revolutionary. There's nothing new about these and they were derived from egg baskets.
     
    https://www.chefbasket.com/
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