What shocked me most about my all new Uchicook Steam Grill? That I use it almost every single day. Yep. It's that useful and easy.
But I was surprised this product didn't come with more detailed instructions. It's pretty basic but it forced me to dive right in. Two "rules" did stick out to me:
1.) Add water to the ridge of the grill (it didn't specify how much although I read online to use 1/4 cup water and that worked well. When you flip the chicken, veggies or whatever, you may have to add up to an additional 1/4 cup water). Regardless, different recipes will call for different water amounts, but you'll quickly figure out what works best.
2.) Cook your food on medium high heat or lower by preheating the grill for approximately 3 minutes before adding food. It's obvious when ready if the grill pan is sizzling and water evaporates immediately. This advice was perfect for the veggies but I ended up cooking my meat on high for several minutes more.
The concept is quite simple. The added water turns into steam and the trapped steam under the see-through lid cooks the food making it sumptuous, plump, moist and tasty. Not to mention more nutritious and lean.
Done. I can do this.
There's also a big, circular window on the lid allowing me to peek at the food so I don't have to lift the lid while the food is cooking. Not only does the ridge contain the water for the steaming process but it collects the excess grease.
I also made note of the fact that it should be hand washed prior to the first use and never put in the dishwasher. This doesn't bother me as it's so easy to clean.
And to be 100% honest with you dear readers....I confess....I watched a few YouTube videos on the product. Aren't we all visual learners? For this same reason, I never attempt a recipe that I can't see a picture of first. If I can't see the final goal, then I'll surely mess it up.
Steam grilling veggies
It's usually beans, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, colored peppers, peas and carrots....you get the drift. It's of vital importance, especially in cold and flu season to give my family the most nutritious food possible to keep our on-the-go family healthy and happy. My new Uchicook Steam Grill helps me accomplish this by making life simpler. I can subtract 15-20 minutes from the dinner routine.
Plus we strive for veggies at every meal. So if I'm making omelets (okay, Tom is the ultimate killer omelet man here).....it's much easier to do the veggies up in less than 5 minutes in the Uchicook and then mix in the omelet. Same when making a stir fry. Red peppers, onions, broccoli, spinach and mushrooms, I'm feeling pretty good with this start to the day! With such a hearty and healthy breakfast we can get away with eating a late lunch as our final meal of the day.
Steam grilling meats
I'm still on the fence on whether oil is bad for you, especially olive oil. But certainly it does add lots of calories to the food.
Enter: Uchicook Steam Grill. It's fantastic to cook a guilt-free dinner with no oil. Do we eat perfectly nutritious meals every single night? Nope. But we aim for two out of the three. Does meat taste better when it's moist and tender? Yep. Every time. Thank you Uchicook.
And you still want to follow the basics of cooking meat. Cut off any excess fat, salt and pepper to taste and add any herbs and/or spices to bring out the flavor. You can add oil of course if you wish for flavor, but it is optional. Cook roughly 3-4 minutes and then flip. Grill marks...big plus! Easy peasy. And bring on the garlic. I wish you could smell this chicken right now!
But wait....there's more
Grater Spoon: I know of no one who uses more garlic than I. It's an obsession. There's hardly a meal that doesn't include some fresh garlic. So I was so happy that the Uchicook company sent me a grater spoon to whirl. In a gist, you grind fresh garlic cloves on the spoon and then use the spoon to stir in your food.
There is no simpler concept in life. This grater spoon can be used right in your Uchicook but as a multi-functional tool also in a crock pot, Dutch oven or roasting pan. Truly, I love my grater spoon. I was using it just yesterday to mash up fresh garlic for a stir fry and it worked to perfection!
It can also be used on the table for grating condiments or ginger. We are big tea drinkers here and a little fresh ginger can be spot-on ground into that tea, especially for those trying to settle their stomachs. Been there....done that! Right?!?
Lockable Tong: There is a serious shortage of tongs in this household. Actually, this is my first tong and I am enjoying it immensely. Its smaller size is fantastic for serving up pasta and salad. Also, grippy and easy to store in the locked state.
Uchicook makes many wonderful high-end kitchen tools that are cutting edge!
But it does the job quickly....as in about five minutes, a fact that I keep repeating because it's so surprising. After all, time is precious. There is never enough of it. The clock keeps going and going. So when I save time, I save money and effort, toil and frustration. Big win!
Uchicook products are made in Sanjo, Japan, a city renowned for its metalworking craft since the 1800's so the quality is evident in the details. You'll see this when you touch, feel and use the products for yourself. The lightweight aluminum body distributes and retains heat to cooking perfection while being easy to clean. The lid is the mechanism that allows you to cook food odorless and smokeless in 1/3 the time.
I'm having a lot of fun experimenting with The Uchicook Steam Grill and any product that makes cooking easier, healthier and simpler makes me happy. Looking forward to trying corn on the cob with this grill!
One Uchicook steam grill and the two utensils featured on this post including the grater spoon and lockable tongs valued at $160!!
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