I have a lot of kitchen tools and appliances. I’m even guilty of getting succored in to the dazzle of some new kitchen tool on late night tv infomercials. Some have been great, some were just a down right waste of money. There is one kitchen appliance that my dad gave me several years ago that has become my all time favorite (very close contender to my Vita-Mix). Before I share let me just say I’m not affiliated with this appliance company in anyway. It’s a food steamer. Do you have one of these babies?
What I love about it is that it uses steam to cook your food instead a pot of boiling water. Cooking your food in a pot full of boiling water boils all the vitamins and minerals out of them. Plus veggies turn out limp and tasteless. I use a steamer for cooking all my veggies such as corn, broccoli, asparagus, and green beans, just to name a few.
In the morning I also use my steamer to make the perfect size bowl of steal cut oatmeal and hard boiled (I mean steamed) eggs for breakfast. It takes me 1 minute to throw it all in, I set the timer for 30 minutes then go about getting the boys ready. Plus I don’t have to stand there and constantly stir a pot of oatmeal, not to mention the sticky cleaning of the pot afterwards.
My boys won’t touch oatmeal but they love hard boiled (steamed) eggs (hold the yolks).
I’ve started making a whole carton of eggs at a time and putting them in the fridge. I have to limit them otherwise they could easily go through a dozen between the three of them in one sitting. Steaming them is so much easier then babysitting a pot of boiling water and trying to guess when they’re done. I can stick them in the steamer, set the timer for 30 minutes and walk away.
The other meal that I love to steam is fish. It comes out perfectly moist and flaky. I buy frozen filets of Halibut, Mahi-Mahi, Salmon and Tilapia, take them right out of the freezer and put them in the steamer. Then I shake a little seasoning on the frozen filet or even put lemon slices on it, steam it and in 30 minutes it’s de-lish. Sometimes I’ll even put some corn or veggies in with it to make a complete and healthy meal.
Do you have a steamer? What do you use it for?
What is your all time favorite kitchen appliance?