3 Ways to Steam Foods at Home

3 Ways to Steam Foods at Home

Steaming food is a healthy, quick and inexpensive way to cook foods. The hot steam can cook soft and semi soft vegetable like kale, spinach, asparagus, green beans and broccoli cauliflower in minutes. Hard vegetable and foods like carrots, potatoes, beats and corn on the cob don't take much longer and will hold most of there nutrients during the cooking process. You can also steam proteins like shrimp, salmon shellfish, Chinese dumplings and chicken with great flavorful results. Feel free to add different flavors to your steaming liquid like aromatics (herbs, onions, garlic, carrots and celery), lemon and lime, wine and beer.

Most importantly, be careful of the steam when removing the lid to your steam pot. The hot steam will burn you and those around you very easily, and it will hurt badly. To ensure that you are safe while steaming, keep your range fan on high and open the lid to your steamer away from your face with a dry kitchen towel or oven mitt.

  • 1. Steamer baskets are metal contraptions that fit into most pots and allow hot steam through its small holes to cook your food. You add a little water to the bottom and BOOM!, you have an easy and healthy way to cook your food. They are inexpensive and can be found easily online or at a Walmart, Target, Hardware store or your local grocery store.
  • 2. If you do not have a steamer basket, you can use a metal colander that fits into a large pot. Top the pot tightly, pour in an inch of water and you are in business.
  • 3. If all else fails, you can make your own steamer at home by rolling 3-5 pieces of foil into balls and placing in the bottom of your pot. Next, place a plate that is about an inch or two smaller than your pot over the 3 balls of foil, fill your pot with an inch of water, place foods on top of the plate and you have a steamer!
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