Friday, May 3, 2013

My New Food Steamer

      After a weekend of eating debauchery that included donut ice cream sandwiches and deep fried hamburgers (no joke), my jeans and I agreed that I needed a week of clean, healthy, low-calorie eating. Enter my new favorite contraption- my food steamer. I never really thought about purchasing a food steamer. I thought steaming food involved a big pot of boiling water, a lot of effort, and a big mess. Frankly, I didn't know that there were devices you could buy especially to steam food. As it turns out, there are devices you can buy for EVERYTHING. Anyway, when I got engaged, Matt and I received a food steamer as a gift. I did not think much of it until recently, when I was "shopping" in the pile of gifts we store at Matt's parent's house and came across it. I thought it looked interesting, so I grabbed it. It has become my new best friend.
      As it turns out, steaming enables food to retain more vitamins and minerals than other ways of cooking. It also naturally draws out the flavor in meat, fish, and vegetables without adding extra calories. The best part is, if you have a food steamer it requires very little effort on your behalf (exactly the way I like to cook) to make a delicious, low-calorie, high-flavor meal. All you have to do, is fill the bottom of the steamer with water, plug it in, put in the number of minutes you would like the food to cook for (and it comes with a manual that tells you how long to cook each type of food for), and that is it. Done.
      The steamer I have is the Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer. I am pretty sure mine came from Bed Bath and Beyond, but it is currently being sold on amazon for a cheaper price. Here is the link: Digital Steamer (to make your lives easier). It has two tiers, so you can cook different types of food at once, or you can take one tier out and cook one thing. It is so easy to use. Their slogan could have been "steaming for dummies." You can also program it to cook while you are not there and it will even keep the food warm until you are ready to eat it. It also doubles as a rice cooker. When I am done "cooking," and I put that in quotes because it requires so little effort I can barely call it that, I throw all of the parts in the dishwasher. I highly recommend this steamer, and steaming in general. It is definitely an under-utilized way to cook great food- and as an added bonus, both your mouth and your waistline will thank you.

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