Thursday, 5 February 2009

DIY Vegetable Steamer - Easy and hopefully at no cost!



Steaming vegetables is the easiest way to preserve their flavour, especially if you prefer them Al Dente rather than a soggy mass.

But steamers are not cheap so if you want to try the process out first, before you buy, then as shown on the right of the image...

Take your saucepan, put a little water into it, place your colander in it and then put the saucepan lid inside over the items you have placed in the colander to steam. You will then have a steamer that is almost as effective as the one shown on the left of the image (just double left click for a close up).

Easy peasy...

6 comments:

scrappy quilter said...

Great tip.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I steam mine in the microwave as well.........great tip though....

Gill in Canada

Kati said...

oh now that's a good idea as well! I know that I found a collapsable steamer-basket that's designed to fit inside a different pot, then the pot's lid over-top, that I've used on occasion. Unfortunately I'm the only one in our family that likes "steamed" veggies. The other two like them raw, or thoroughly cooked to mush. *sigh*

aprons for men said...

nice tip. i like your idea.. me i used another cover to let the steam inside the pan. i also used this when cooking fried fish. it makes the oil heat much faster.

QueriesonFoodsandHealth said...

haha. Very resourceful tip, eh. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Peny@medical equipment

Gina said...

Very clever idea! You just need to make sure you have a colander and pot that fits together. It's pretty much the same concept as a steamer except maybe you don't have a 'cool to the touch' way to lift it out.

Gina@BestVegetableSteamers.com