Asian cooks have long preferred the use of the Bamboo Steamer which is perfectly designed for gently steaming food. Bamboo steamers help preserve flavors, vitamins, and minerals, and is an especially healthful cooking method using no fat.
Gentle steaming also helps preserve texture and color better than boiling, simmering or poaching, and bamboo works even better than metal steamers to prevent overcooking, especially vegetables that taste better when they are still a bit crunchy. There is also no splatter with steaming as with pan-frying or sauteing.
To use, center the steamer in your Wok or frying pan with a couple of inches of water underneath. The slotted bamboo bottoms of each level allow steam to thoroughly circulate for even cooking. The domed lid helps circulate the heat and allows any condensation to wick away, rather than drip on the food. The steamer is designed to fit nicely against the sides of your Wok or frying pan.
The stack-able layer design allows you to steam fish or slower cooking items in the bottom level and faster cooking vegetables or gyoza dumplings in the top basket.
Notice too that the layers are interchangeable. Good practices include lining the baskets with parchment paper, cabbage or lettuce leaves, then adding food. Herbs and Spices including garlic and ginger can be placed throughout the layers for flavor.
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Add a stackable bamboo steamer set to your arsenal of kitchen wares today. You'll wonder how you ever lived without one before. This is really one of the most useful pieces of cookware for healthy home cooking. The truth is, once you've tried an authentic bamboo steamer, you'll wonder how you ever cooked without one.
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