Steaming is a simple cooking method that uses direct contact with steam to cook foods. A simple method of steam cooking is heating a small amount of liquid (water, broth, wine etc.) in a pot to a simmer. Then placing a steaming basket containing the food to be cooked in the pot directly above the liquid and covering. The steam from the hot liquid is trapped in the pot circulating around the food and cooking it quickly.
The health benefits of steam cooking are that because the food is not emerged in water, it doesn’t lose any of its nutrients. So, you retain the full, rich, hearty original flavors of your food when done. In Vietnamese kitchen, we steam vegetables, fish, seafood, rice, meat, dumplings and a variety of cakes using the steamer. It becomes a necessity that you can’t live without. It truly is one of the easiest cooking methods and a great way to obtain flavorfully fresh, delicious results no matter what your skill level in the kitchen is. When prepared correctly, essential vitamins will not be cooked out of the food when steamed.
If you’re in the market to look for a steamer for your kitchen, check out the ones below:
Capacity 4 quarts/3.8 liters.
Mirrored stainless steel stockpot, steamer insert and vented lid.
Hand washing recommended.
12-quart stockpot; pasta insert; steamer basket; lid, mirror finish 18/10 stainless steel.
Encapsulated aluminum pot bottom eliminates hotspots and ensures even heating. Solid 18/10 stainless-steel handles stay cool on stovetop and are riveted for strength.
Tight-fitting 18/10 stainless-steel lid seals in nutrients; oven-safe to 550 F.
Dishwasher-safe; limited lifetime warranty.
Heavy 18/10 stainless steel
2-quart steamer fits inside 3-quart saucepot.
Aluminum core in pot’s base for even heating.
Base capped by stainless steel.
Thick, durable, rolled pot rims for drip-resistant pouring
Handles stay cool on stovetop, oven-safe to 350F.
Lifetime warranty against defects.
6-Quart base pan doubles as a stock pot.
All stainless steel construction.
Soft Grip coated handles.
Tempered glass lid.
Soft grip handles make each piece easy to lift and transport and protect your hands from heat.
10-inch steamer for cooking vegetables and meats or serving dim sum.
Constructed from tightly woven bamboo slats and secured with bamboo pegs.
Traps steam for quick and efficient cooking while absorbing condensation.
Includes tight-fitting lid and instruction booklet with recipes.
In vietnamese kitchen, a steamer is the necessity as we prepare so many dishes this way. Without it, you miss out so many great, delicious recipes. If you don’t own it, get one now. You’ll be happy to discover a new way to cook deliciously healthy food!
Let me know your thought by using the comment section below.