Helen's Asian Kitchen's natural bamboo steamer is handmade and securely assembled with bamboo pegs and bamboo lacing. Unlike wood, bamboo is a grass, so it’s a renewable and sustainable resource.
“Accentuate the natural flavor of foods. Retain nutrients and vitamins while cooking with less fat or oil.” – Helen ChenHow steamers work:
- Handmade of 100% natural bamboo
- Ideal for vegetables, seafood, meats and fruits
- Perfect for cooking, reheating and serving your favorite dim sum
- Strong and durable
- Recipes and instructions included
- Tightly constructed and woven to trap steam for quick and efficient cooking
- Bamboo absorbs condensation so no water will drip back onto the food
- Steaming preserves minerals and vitamins in foods
- Healthy, low-fat cooking method
A bamboo steamer is designed to sit over another pot containing boiling water. As the water boils, the steam enters the steamer through the open slats in the bottom and is contained in the steamer by the lid. The bamboo steamer absorbs any condensation, keeping water from dripping back onto the food. When heated, it forms a hot container and, with the cover in place, can keep food warm for up to half an hour. The bamboo steamer is also an attractive serving piece and may be brought right to the table. Foods that are steamed require little or no added oils or fats, and they retain vitamins and minerals and cook quickly and evenly.Tips for steaming the Asian way:
When steaming dry foods such as breads and dim sum, line the bottom of the steamer tier with parchment paper or cabbage leaves to prevent sticking. However, for foods that are seasoned such as seafood, meats and tofu, steam them in a heat-proof shallow dish (such as a glass pie plate) to catch the flavorful and nutritious juices. The dish should be about 1 inch smaller than the diameter of the steamer and the food should not touch the inside of the lid to allow steam to circulate freely around the food for even cooking. The added benefit of using a dish is that the bamboo steamer stays clean.