Friday, April 20, 2012

JOT #38: Steaming

Steaming food is another great way to lock in nutrients without a lot of added fat, with the benefit that you also use less water.

Simple ways of steaming include in an electric rice cooker, which often comes with a steamer basket. If you don't use yours, you're just wasting all that perfectly good steam. Instead, stick some veggies or almost anything else of medium size on top (for tiny things you can also put them in a smaller bowl, as long as some of the steamer holes are free) and they'll be done probably before your rice is. If you don't have a steamer basket, you can buy one or even use a shallow strainer, colander, a bamboo basket, or the inside of your salad spinner (or any plate or bowl with some holes in it). Set it on top of a pan that fits it fairly well, and make sure to close the top to let the steam build up.

Fun ways to use steam include the following:

  • steam veggies on top of pasta while it's boiling (they can go in the sauce)
  • steam things in a pressure cooker
  • steam on top of a slow cooker
  • use the steam to open up your pores, then give yourself a quick facial
  • use the steam (after you boil pasta, for example) to open up clogged sinuses when you have a cold

Would love other ideas!

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