Vegetable Steamer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using a vegetable steamer is a great method of cooking to retain the natural flavor and brightness of food.

This gentler method of cooking also keeps vitamins and nutrients from being leeched out during cooking.

Here are some of the best available:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oster 5712 Electronic 2-Tier 6-Quart Vegetable Steamer

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This is one of the most popular vegetable steamers available. Solid construction, and a generously sized steamer bowl make this a very attractive model to most sized home kitchens. Easily steam enough vegetables for a family of 4 or 5.

Most owners use this steamer without any issues at all. Easy to use, easy to clean, and BPA-free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black & Decker HS1000 Handy Steamer w/Flavor Scenter Screen

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Another excellent steamer from Black & Decker. This one is a bit smaller than the Oster one above, coming it at 4 quarts. A great size for a family of 2-3.

This electric steamer comes with a built-in timer, auto shut-off feature and a “flavor screen” so you can add your own herbs and spices to flavor your steamed foods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secura 3-Tier Stainless Steel Steamer

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This vegetable steamer from Secura features a beautiful stainless steel design. This allows for good durability and easy clean-up. It’s dishwasher safe if too. 3 tiers lets you cook different foods without mixing flavors.

This model features a quick heating mechanism that takes only 15 seconds to create steam. Also when the water level gets too low, it automatically shuts off to protect your steamer. A timer on this model makes usage even easier. Cook great meals for your family in under 30 minutes with this steamer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Bend 86604 Programmable Vegetable Steamer

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This vegetable steamer comes with a programmable timer that you can set for up to 12 hours! The capacity on this model is a bit larger, coming with two 3.5 quart baskets (7 qt. total).

Having different baskets lets you separate different foods such as meat and vegetables so you can steam them without mixing them. You can also sort by cooking time, so you can load the top basket with foods that cook quicker, and take it out of the steamer before the 2nd basket is done.

Comes with a water-level indicator, backlit LCD. Follow the simple usage instructions for great tasting food.

 

 

Why Steam Vegetables?

 

When cooking vegetables, boiling can quickly strip the food of its beautiful color. Using a steamer and seasoning these foods can create great tasting food that looks better that is also healthier.

This method of cooking is not that hard to do either. Simple work for better food! There is less cleaning to do too.

The ideal way to perform steamer cooking fully cooks the vegetables and herbs while keeping as much of the nutrition in as possible. Many chefs have an ice bath ready for steamed or boiled foods.

This allows for the immediate cooling of the vegetables to stop the cooking process once it reaches the desired doneness. It is a clever trick I would not have come up with myself all these years of steamer cooking.

How long it takes to cook vegetables will vary depending on some factors. Depending on the temperature of water you start with, how hot your burners are, and how big the pieces of food you are cooking are all factors.

It is a good idea to prepare or cut foods so they are similar in size so they cook more evenly and all finish at the same time.

If you are trying a vegetable steamer on something you do not have much experience with, it is best to stand at the stove and watch as it cooks as some foods will overcook pretty quickly.

 

 

 

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