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You Know How to Boil a Pot of Water, But Do You Know How to Steam?


Ok, you've mastered the fine art of boiling water, now it's time to master a new culinary technique.

One of my favorite cooking methods is steaming. Not only is it simple, but it allows vegetables, fish, chicken, fruits and other foods to retain more nutrients than by boiling them in water -- and doesn't leave them limp and flavorless.

When steamed for the ideal amount of time, food becomes absolutely tender and a great base for tons of dips, seasonings or even on their own. See just how easy it is in this fun video.

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    July 5, 2013 at 10:56 pm

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  2. Subha

    June 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Just found your blog and I’m sooo excited! I would love ideas on steaming fish please!

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  3. Rebeca

    June 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    any tips on how long to steam fish?

  4. Robin V.

    June 27, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I just purchased a steamer! This came in my email two days later which worked out perfectly because I had no idea what I was doing. I tell everyone about your site and several are now hooked! Thanks a bunch!

  5. jodi

    June 27, 2013 at 6:53 am

    This video has been so useful and timely! I was boiling and burning and over steaming vegetables for my 9 month old. Poor boy. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Kristy

    June 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    One question- do you bring the water to a boil first and then add your veggies to the pot, or put the veggies in first and then bring it to a boil?

    • catherine

      June 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Bring to a boil first!

      • Ribeiro

        February 3, 2014 at 2:38 am

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  7. Monette

    June 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I recently learned to steam my meatballs and they are so moist! But I use my tupperware steamer for frozen or fresh vegs. in the microwave and they came out really nice and tender.

  8. Ninfa Yetman

    June 26, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I always steam my vegetables. So easy and much healthier! :-)