I have had a life long relationship with a steamer. To be specific, I am referencing the type of vegetable steamer that folds open (see pic below). As a child, I just liked opening and closing the steamer and thought it was a kitchen flower. Now as an adult, I’m not sure how other people steam food. I’ve seen people use large automatic steamer type devices which look all impressive. But I’ll take my traditional, comfortable, compact lil steamer any day.
A few weeks ago, I would have found it strange if someone had never seen this device before. Then I found out my homie Lindsay over at FitandAwesome.com has never had one! When I asked her how she steamed her vegetables, she replied that she ‘cooked them in boiling water’. Last I checked, that was BOILING vegetables. I couldn’t handle the thought of those poor vegetables being massacred in such a cruel manner (I believe it’s against the Geneva Convention) and gifted her a steamer.
She said that her husband immediately noticed the vegetables were “much tastier” when she used the steamer and asked how she had prepared them that night. Win!
FYI she never had a vegetable peeler until recently as well. Poor chica, I’m never gonna let you live this down.
Using these steamers is super easy – you expand the steamer and pop it into your sauce pan of whatever size. Just put a little bit of water on the bottom of the sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Plop your veggies on top, then place a lid on the pot (or veggies, if they are piled higher than the pot). Few minutes later – tender, delicious steamed veggies.
This is the ONLY way I prepare my cauliflower to be mashed. Keeps it from being too grainy, and creates a nice smooth consistency.
So now I want to know, people – have you never seen or used one of these devices?