Best for steaming foods like vegetables, poultry, meat, seafood, fish and dumplings.
Steaming enables foods to keep their natural flavour, colour, shape, and nutritious value better than when boiled or simmered in water. In many instances, it also enhances the texture of the food. Food technicians often consider steaming to be the best way to preserve flavonoids, the compounds found in fruits and vegetables that may contribute and provide health benefits for fighting illnesses. Steamed foods can retain the B and C vitamins that are lost with other cooking methods such as braising, baking or boiling.
Bamboo is one of the most sustainable materials on earth, and Bamboo steamers enable the steam to evaporate and circulate easily so it does not accumulate on the lid of the steamer. This type of steamer is generally best for steaming dumplings, buns, breads, or the traditional Chinese dish known as dim sum. When steaming foods made with ingredients that may stick to the surface, it is best to lightly coat the bamboo with cooking oil. Another option is to place a layer of leaves from vegetable greens, such as bok choy or other similar vegetables, to serve as a means to keep the food off the bottom of the basket and to enhance the flavour of the food. The food requiring the longest cooking time is placed in the bottom layer with those requiring less time placed in the top layer.
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