13 March 2012
Today steaming is very popular not only among Americans, but all over the world. This cooking technique is tightly connected with equipment: high quality food steamer helps you to cook delicious dishes with your minimal involvement. That's why it's rather important to buy and use the best steamer. We'll try to help you deal with steaming technique.
It is a very healthy method of cooking that has lots of benefits. First of all, steaming is quick and easy – you just put products into the food steamer, turn it on and leave it cooking. Steamed food is good for health, because it is dietary, prepared without oils and frying, and very light. Also while steaming natural vitamins and nutrients retain.
Some people think that steamed food is not tasty, because it is soft, flavourless and doesn't have a crust. But if you pick up good spices, put enough salt or sugar and use different sauces, any steamed dish would be delicious.
If you eat steamed food permanently, your health will improve, you'll feel better and loose weight. That's why everyone should use this cooking technique.
To make steamed food you'll need a food steamer. We'll help you to choose one, to buy the right steamer and to cook healthy dishes.
Types of food steamers
Firstly there are several types of food steamers:
- Electric food steamers. These are automatic machines, that need electrical power and do all work instead of you. You just have to put products into it, pour some water, push the button and leave it. When the food is ready, the steamer turns off. Usually it has several sizes put one on another. So you can cook several dishes at the same time.
- Stove top steamers. They are put on the bottom/top of a saucepan with water. But food in this steamer should be above water, only vapour makes food cook. These steamers are metal. This method of steaming is not so quick as using an electric food steamer and needs your involvement, but still it is rather fast and healthy. And, of course, such steamers are rather cheaper.
- Microwave steamers. These are rather uncommon and recently invented steamers. Many people are against using microwaves, so they argue against microwave steamers too. But some housewives like this cooking equipment. Usually microwave steamers are 1 or 2-tiers, have a lid and wash easily (also they are dishwasher safe).
- Bamboo steamers. Usually they are used for cooking Asian food. Bamboo steamers are good because they absorb the moisture and it doesn't condense on the lid. These steamers are used with wok or sometimes a pot. They can also be multi tiered. Bamboo steamers are not so easy to clean and store, but they're healthy. There is one more tip: don't put food right on the bamboo, use paper or fresh leaves (e.g. lettuce is good).
Remember several rules
If you're going to buy a food steamer, pay attention to these tips and advice.
Find out how much time does it take to cook hard foods. Choose the right steamer capacity. Also ask about after service, guarantee of the product and replacement parts (are they available, where to buy, how much will they cost etc.).
Remember that good food steamer should have programmable timer, additional kitchen accessories (like bowls, dishes, lids) and manual in English.
Let's also talk about prices. The average price of steamers for home cooking is about $40-50. If you want an expansive, professional one, you'll pay up to $200-300 or even more.
Food steamer reciped
Ok. You've chosen and bought a nice food steamer, bring it home. And the next problem for you is to find good recipes of tasty dishes to cook in your food steamer. We offer you several nice recipes.
Here you are: