Design Meets Cookware: Silicone Steam Roasting Bowls

Roasting something with steam sounds like a contradiction in terms. And maybe it is. Even so, we think this flexible silicone bowl designed by Compeixalaigua Designstudio for Lékué has some serious potential.

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In its open form, the bowl can be used for mixing and preparing ingredients. Then the bowl folds in half and hooks to close at the top, creating a kind of hammock for food that can go straight in the oven.

We saw this design and immediately thought, “Wow.” The bowl itself has the kind of simple and elegant design to which we always feel drawn. We also really love this “prep table to oven to dinner table” concept.

At the same time, we’re a little dubious about its functionality. Silicone is notorious for interfering with the browning process in the oven, so we have trouble imagining that food would really get as crusty or roasted as these pictures would have us believe. We also wonder how stable the bowl would be in the oven. Doesn’t it look like it might easily tip over?

What do you think? Has anyone cooked with one of these before?

Silicone Steam Roaster from Compeixalaigua Designstudio (via Gizmodo)
Find It! Silicone Steam Roaster, $30 EUR/$38 US from Lékué

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(Image: Compeixalaigua Designstudios)

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