There Are Just So Many Benefits To Steaming
For starters, it is difficult to overcook or burn the food. Steaming also results in a more nutritious food than boiling. This is because boiling water leaches nutrients (especially true for folic acid, vitamin C, and beta-carotene) into the water, which is then usually thrown out.
Bamboo steamers work by fitting just above the steaming water of a wok (or wide pan).
Most bamboo steamers have layered baskets that are fit together, on top of each other, so that you can steam a meal consisting of a variety of food, all at once (each type of food in a different layer).
Foods that require a longer cooking time are placed in the bottom basket (closer to the boiling water) and foods that need less cooking time are placed in the higher baskets.
A bamboo steamer makes it easy to cook vegetables, fish, rice, dim sum, chicken, even desserts. That’s right; did you ever think you could make chocolate pudding in a Chinese steamer? Well you can!
If you’ve ever tried to make soup dumplings before without paper bamboo steamer liners, you may have been disappointed. If even the tiniest bit of the outside of the dumpling is left behind, all the delicious filling is left behind as well. But with bamboo steamer liners you can lift the entire paper out and gently place on a plate.
Many people see only one potential drawback to using a Bamboo Steamer is the cleanup; doesn’t cooking on bamboo (a thin wood) leave a sticky mess that absorbs food, stains, and odors?