Bamboo steamers have been used in Asia for centuries for steaming dumplings, vegetables and all kinds of meat and seafood. Today this cooking tool is commonly found in restaurants and households all over the country.
If you haven't used a bamboo steamer yet, here are some good reasons to do so:
Steaming is a Healthy Cooking Method
Steaming is a more gentle process than boiling, simmering or poaching. It helps preserve vitamins and minerals while keeps the foods shape, color, flavor and texture. What's more, you won't need to use any oil or fat when cooking with a bamboo steamer.
Steamed Foods Taste Better
Bamboo steamers absorb excess moisture and prevent condensation from dripping on the food. Constructed of a circular bamboo frame, the steamer features a slatted bamboo bottom that allows steam to move freely within the cooking chamber. The domed bamboo-mesh lid helps circulate heat. If you don’t like soggy veggies, you have yet another reason to use a bamboo steamer.
Bamboo is Eco-Friendly
Not only is using a bamboo steamer to cook good for you, it is also good for the environment. Bamboo is a grass plant that is stronger and more durable than wood. Its growth rate is very fast, it is also resistant against pests and therefore a valuable natural renewable resource.
Bamboo Steamers Are Efficient
Bamboo steamers can have stackable layers with slatted bottoms. Such multi-level steamers are highly efficient as they allow you to steam multiple items simultaneously. In our shop you’ll find different sizes of individual and stackable steamers that can be build up to three tiers.
How to use it
Before use, wipe over steamer with hot water but never submerge the steamer in the water. Bamboo steamers are designed to fit snugly against the sides of a wok. Whilst wet, place your steamer over boiling water (1 or 2 inches) for thirty minutes. As bamboo is porous (meaning it allows air and water to pass through it), the steam will help to take away any impurities such as dirt etc.
The steamer base can be stacked two or three high, so you can steam a meal of meat, fish and vegetables, each in separate baskets but in the same pot. Put longer-cooking foods in the bottom steamer and faster-cooking ones in the upper steamers.
The food can be placed directly on the bamboo-slat base or on a plate or shallow bowl set on the base. If placing the food directly on the base, line the basket with parchment paper before each use to prevent the steamer from absorbing flavors or to stop your food from sticking to the basket. The basket can also be lined with lettuce, cabbage or banana leaves to add more flavor to your food.
Care of Bamboo Steamer
Bamboo steamers are not dishwasher safe. Vinegar is a natural safe way to disinfect and deodorize it. Use a half a cup of vinegar in one gallon of hot water to soak a cloth in and lightly squeeze out the water from the cloth. Wipe over the bamboo steamer with the cloth and repeat this method a few times until clean. Rinse the cloth in hot clean water and wipe the bamboo steamer over once more. Let your bamboo steamer completely dry on the rack before putting it away. This will stop mold from occurring.