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How do I chose the best silicone steamer

Publish Date: 2014-07-24 Click: 4265
Steaming is a popular way to prepare food, as it cooks vegetables and lean meats in a healthy manner. The problem is that steaming food and the microwave requires using plastic wrap, while steaming on the stove uses a lot of energy. For that reason, silicone steamers have become popular. You can choose the best silicone steamer by looking for a disk shape, an appropriate size, a certain thickness, and vent holes.

Traditional metal steamers usually have a basket shape, with the central post in the middle to help lift the steamer out of a pot of boiling water. Though the basket-type design works well for metal, the sides of a basket-style silicone steamer are too floppy to hold onto to heavy vegetables and meats. This puts you at risk for spills. You might even get burned should you happen to drop hot food on yourself. Instead, go with a disk shape designed for use on top of plates or bowls.

Another consideration is size. The best size for you depends on how much food you tend to cook at a time. Those who live alone, couples, and those who prepare only one meal’s worth of food at a time may be best served with a small silicone steamer. Larger families, or those who prefer to cook ahead, will probably need a larger steamer. Whatever size you choose, make sure that the steamer is not too large to fit in your microwave.