Being a Morphy Richards Home of the House Proud Innovator, I was sent an Intellisteam too many months ago to mention. But better late than never for a review?
In short I LOVE IT! Really really love it. If you eat lots of vegetables, are conscious about what you eat, and want to make cooking a healthy meal a breeze then just go and buy one. You will not regret it. This a a gadget that I would go and buy for myself.
The more detailed review is that I think it is a fantastic gadget, and importantly for my usage was comparable to the rather more expensive Miele steam oven I reviewed in the summer of 2010. Price aside, for usage 2 to 3 times a week in the average kitchen I think that the Intellisteam is probably a better appliance.
The clever thing about Morphy’s Intellisteam is that it is divided into 3 compartments, with each one being individually controlled, meaning that you can programme each one to steam for a different length of time allowing you to cook different ingredients to perfection. The Morphy boffins have come up with an intelligent timer that staggers the steaming start time of each compartment so everything is ready at the same time.
Making a meal is a breeze, simply prep all the food, place it in the different compartments, programme the machine and walk away and let it do its stuff.
The Intellisteam comes pre-programmed with steaming times for different ingredients and is the most user-friendly gadget I have ever come across. The first time Ed used it he cooked three different ingredients to perfection, using the machines pre-programmed timings without even a glance at the instruction book! I think that is VERY impressive.
Undoubtably steamed vegetables are far healthier, and I think far far tastier, the best potatoes I have ever had have come from the steamer.
I used the Intellisteam far far more in the summer than in the winter, it seems more suited to lighter summer food, and on a hot day it is much cooler to cook with it than turning the oven or hob on. With accessories of trays, racks and baskets you can cook fish, rice, pasta and sauces. I have also used it to sterilise jars of preserved fruit – far easier in the Intellisteam than in a waterbath – and to make steamed puddings and fluffy Chinese style steamed buns. For those with a baby I suspect it would serve very well as a bottle steriliser too.
There are few negatives – the machine is large, and does take up a fair bit of space on the worktop – mine lives in its box on top of my kitchen cupboards, it is light enough that lifting it up and down is not a chore. I would like to have an additional accessory of one larger and deeper steamer to cook larger items in, such as a Christmas pudding, or to poach a whole chicken and to sterilise larger jars and bottles of preserves.
The Morphy Richards Age UK Iron
My mother tried the Morphy Richards Turbo Steam (Model No.40692) iron, and wasn’t won over. The controls of this iron, rather than being the well known dial, consist of up and down buttons, with LED lights indicating the selected temperature. She didn’t find the controls particularly straightforward or easy to use, and would have far preferred a simple dial. The instructions do suggest the use of distilled water for those living in hard water areas, but this does seem to be an example of Morphy Richards taking a belt and braces approach, as they make the same recommendations for all of their irons. The sole plate is stainless steel, so those who prefer a non-stick sole should look at a different model. Otherwise, the iron was fine; what can you really say about an iron?
Many thanks to Morphy for having me as one of their House Proud Innovators and sending me the products to review.