Sunbeam Steamer 4710 Instructions
The Sunbeam 4710 steamer is a food steamer that steam cooks a wide range of foods, including vegetables, fruits, meats, grains, sauces and even cakes and quick breads. The unit consists of a base, drip tray, steamer bowl and rice bowl with each piece serving different steaming functions. The unit also features a timer that helps monitor the steaming and prompts the unit to shut off automatically after the set time has passed.
Position your Sunbeam 4710 steamer base on a heat-resistant, horizontal surface.
Check your recipe, the recipe or steam chart in the user guide, or recipe on the Sunbeam website (see Resources) for the estimated steam cook time for your foods.
Pour cool water into the water reservoir in the base based on the cook time, then set the drip tray on the base. If you're steaming your foods for less than 13 minutes, fill the reservoir to the minimum water level mark. If you're steaming foods between 13 to 60 minutes, fill to the maximum mark.
Fill the steaming bowl, rice bowl or an 8-inch by 4-inch quick loaf pan with your foods or batter. If you're using the steaming bowl only, place it on the base above the drip tray and cover it with the lid. If you don't plan on steaming foods in the steaming bowl, place it on the base, fill your rice bowl or loaf pan as desired, place your bowl or pan in the steaming bowl and then cover with the lid.
Plug in your steamer and then turn the timer dial to the estimated time necessary to steam the food. Wait for the food to cook or bake. If you're steaming a lot of food, check the food mid-way through the steaming process and stir or reposition it if necessary.
Wait for the timer to ring, then check the food. If cooked enough, unplug the steamer and begin serving your food. If not cooked enough, add additional water to the water reservoir and continue steaming.
Remove and put away any leftovers. If you want to save the drippings in the drip tray for use in another recipe, remove and store with the leftovers.
Clean your steamer after all parts have cooled. Place the parts, except for the base, in the top rack of a dishwasher to wash and rinse with your other dishes on a normal cycle, or wash the pieces by hand with hot water, a mild detergent and a soft microfiber cloth, rinse under running water and then air or wipe dry. Wipe the reservoir and base with a soapy microfiber cloth and then rinse with a damp cloth.
Reassemble your steamer and put it away.
- Never steam foods in the rice bowl that can bleed color onto surfaces, such as beets or tomatoes.
- Never put seasonings, broths or wine in the water reservoir.
- Adding salt to any part of the steamer before or during cooking can damage the steamer.
- Always use potholders when handling the steamer during and after cooking.
- Immersing the base can result in permanent damage, as can the use of harsh chemical, abrasive or acidic cleaners.
- Steam can damage cupboards and walls. Always position the steamer on a heat resistant surface away from these areas.
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