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Veggie Steamers: A True BFF

Veggie Steamer

Five years ago, after making a conscious decision to more fully follow a whole-food plant based eating plan, one of the things we did was to invest in a vegetable steamer that we had learned about and seen, but never owned or used.  Of course, we had the little fan-like stainless steel steamer dealie-bop that fits inside a pot.  But they never seemed to work very well for me and were more of a pain than anything else.  Maybe that’s just me.

So a nice electric one to plug in was a novelty for us in 2014.  Our steamers have become something we use many times each week!

The big take-aways for health is that a veggie steamer cooks without any fats, and unlike boiling, the veggies don’t get water-logged so they taste and look better.  They retain their colors, nutrients and flavors beautifully as this is a much gentler way to cook them.  You can see them cooking in the clear steamer basket and easily choose which level of “doneness” you prefer and avoid over-cooking.

Most people are not aware, but pots, pans and cookware can be extremely toxic, especially those with non-stick Teflon.  I’ll share more information about that next week.

It wasn’t hard to find and buy a steamer!  You can go to Walmart and find them in the $20-$40 range. But we’ve f ound that there are frequently brand new ones at thrift stores for $5 to $10! We think that people must give them as wedding or Christmas presents, then they get donated because people don’t know what to do with them.  We buy them repeatedly as we’ve found they’re fun to give away when people come for dinner and comment on how tasty our veggies are and I talk about how awesome they are.

Truthfully, nothing could be simpler — or healthier!  You just fill the lower chamber with water, put your food in the steamer basket, put on the lid, plug it in and set the timer!  That’s it!

If you want to add even more flavor than is naturally there, you can add seasoning into the water (herbs, etc.) or put your veggies in a plastic bag with the seasonings and let ’em be infused with flavor!

It turns out that even fine chefs get very excited about how steamers can really develop flavor and texture.  Here’s an interesting article f rom the New York Times:  CLICK HERE

Here’s 10 reasons why you will fall in love with your veggie steamer:
(This article can be read online at a very helpful, healthful website called “”  CLICK HERE to read it at this website.

1.  Cooks food fast and easy

One benefit of using food steamers at home is that it makes the cooking process so fast and easy. You don’t need so much time in cooking your favorite food. Food steamers locks in steam which cooks the food in just a few minutes.

2.  Needs little supervision

One great advantage of using food steamers is that it needs minimal supervision compared to cooking food over the stove or oven. It doesn’t require you to check on the food once in a while and worrying about food getting burnt or overcooked. Food steamers often come with a timer so you can avoid over steaming.

3.  Locks nutrients in and retains natural vitamins and minerals

The most amazing benefit of food steamers which most people find really important is its ability to preserve the nutrients and minerals of food. It locks in the flavors and vitamins of the food naturally and at the same time preserve its taste through the process.
4.  Keeps the structure and color of food

What most people love about food steamers is that they retain the natural colors of food most especially vegetables. Cooking over stove or high heat can make vegetables lose their bright colors and tends to make food brown and dull. Food steamers keeps the structure, texture and color of food being steamed since it only let steam cook the dish.

5.  No oil needed

Since food steamers only use water for the whole cooking process, you don’t need oil or anything compared to cooking it in a pan. You won’t have to worry about food drying up as the moisture is being retained in the steamer that keeps food moist and wet.

6.  Healthiest cooking method

Food steaming is considered the healthiest cooking method as it does not lose the vitamins and minerals of food. It does not make the food dry, and at the same time, does not require additives or artificial flavorings while cooking. You can cook food in a food steamer without adding oil, salt, sugar or soy sauce.

7.  Saves time, money and energy

Since food steamers cook food fast and easy, it enables one to save time, money and energy in using it. Steaming food saves energy as you can cook different kinds of food all at the same time. You save time, effort and energy when you can place multiple ingredients on different steamer trays. It saves you money because you don’t have to use other ingredients and at the same time cooking simultaneously can save electricity.

8.  Less Mess and Clean Up is Easy

Aside from food steamers being easy to store, they are also easy to clean. They are much less messy when used as you don’t have to worry about oil splatters and other sauces sticking on the trays. Food steamer trays are dishwasher safe or you can also hand wash it.

9.  Cooks all types of food

One nice benefit of using food steamers in cooking is that it can cook all kinds of food. You can cook meat, fish, vegetables and even dessert with a food steamer. The options are limitless and you don’t have to worry about how you will cook it because steaming food is so convenient and easy.

10.  Lowers Cholesterol

Cooking food in food steamers helps lowers cholesterol. That is mainly because you don’t have to cook it with oil. You can rely on the water or steam to keep the food from drying. Since no oil is added to the cooking process, you don’t consume added fat or those saturated fats that contributes to high blood and cholesterol. Steaming food is the healthiest and most natural way to cook your food.

So now all you need to do is go buy one! You can easily find them at Walmart in the $20-$40 range.  But, as we say, we find them for much less than that, usually brand new with the instructions, at thrift stores.

Carolyn Allen is the mother of 5 children and grandmother to 11 (so far!). She and her husband, Bob, have been helping people feel and look better for years with My Miracle Tea. Read More
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