Grab a cup of tea or coffee . . or drink a Dr. Pepper for me . . this is a long story.
There are so many layers to this story, I don’t even know where to begin!
I have a very old Black & Decker steamer. I really think I had it before Vince and I got married (almost 22 years ago) but I could be way wrong. The basket that holds the food is cracked and every time I use it, it cracks a little more. Every single time I get it out, I say “I’m going to throw it away after the food is cooked”, but I love it so much and I never throw it away. The lid is cracked so I use a plate to help keep the steam in.
A few days ago, I got on Amazon to order another steamer. Apparently this Black & Decker model is no longer made. There’s one listed for like $250. No! Not happening.
Not only did I want one exactly like my old one because I love that one, but I have one little spot in my cabinet where it fits perfectly. Any wider and it would not fit. Any taller and it would not fit.
I found this model made by Oster. I kept moaning that it was too tall to fit in my cabinet. Vince convinced me that I could store one basket separately and the unit with one basket would fit in the same spot where the B&D steamer fit. So . . I ordered it. Today it arrived. I am so disappointed. The old one has a rigid plastic basket and lid. The new one . . it’s about as thick and flimsy as a milk carton. I put a large artichoke in it and the bottom sagged. What? I’m sending that thing back. I really do use my steamer a lot and I’m betting the plastic baskets on this one wouldn’t last a week around here.
Then the hunt was one for a new steamer. Vince found some on ebay. I don’t really want someone’s used steamer. I want one just like my old one . . new! That’s not happening. We’ve spent the last three hours debating about a steamer.
Vince has already ordered one (used) from Ebay and he has another one that he’s bidding on. And, he ordered another one . . this one.
Vince: Look at this one. It’s really nice.
Me: I don’t really have room for that one on the counter or in the cabinet.
Vince: But that’s something you use all the time!
Me: I can steam in the pressure cookers and one is always out.
Vince: I think you’d like this one a lot. You really use your steamer almost every day.
Me: Vince, I really don’t have the room! Really!
Vince: Don’t you like the Breville brand?
Me: Get it!
Then he said “Don’t throw away your old steamer. We may need it for parts.”
This, my friends, is how minimalism does not work at our house! 🙂
Vince knows how much I love good kitchen gadgets. He knew how disappointed I was with the steamer that arrived today. He wanted to make me happy and I’m sure in a few days I’ll be singing the praises of this Breville steamer.