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Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Bamboo Steamer, 10-Inch
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- Bamboo steamer for cooking vegetables, meats and fish or reheating foods, like dim sum; 10-inch
- Handcrafted from 100-percent tightly woven bamboo slats secured with bamboo pegs; contains no metal, wires or plastic
- Tight-fitting lid traps steam for quick and efficient cooking while sealing in food's nutrients
- For use with Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen 11" Steaming Ring (sold separately)
- Hand wash only
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|Item Dimensions||10 x 10 x 7.5 in||10 x 10 x 6.5 in||7.5 x 10 x 10 in||12 x 12 x 6 in||10 x 10 x 6 in||8.23 x 10.98 x 6.69 in|
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Steaming is an important and widely used cooking technique in the Asian kitchen. Most kitchens in Asia do not have ovens, therefore baking or roasting are not commonly used cooking techniques. Instead, dumplings, breads, cakes, and other desserts are steamed. There are also wonderful soups and meat dishes and superb fish and seafood specialties that are cooked to perfection in the gentle, moist heat of a steamer. Steaming is also a perfect way to refresh stale bread and reheat leftovers. Steaming has gained popularity in the Western kitchen for its convenience, simplicity, health benefits and energy savings. Steaming envelopes the food in a hot, moist environment so it won’t dry out. And unlike boiling, natural juices, minerals and vitamins as well as color in foods are retained and not drained out in the sink. Steaming is also a very low fat way to cook because you need very little or no oils. Food should not be placed directly in the bamboo steamer without a plate (if the food is marinated, such as fish and meat) or parchment liner (if food is dry, such as buns and dumplings) and allow at least 1- inch space between the sides of the plate and the sides of the steamer. The beauty of bamboo steamers extends from their aesthetics to their practicality. The bamboo lid is double woven so that steam is trapped inside the steamer to cook quickly and efficiently with little heat loss. The lid also absorbs any condensation from steaming, controlling condensation is especially important when steaming breads, dumplings and cakes which can be ruined from excess moisture. The steamer is so attractive; it can be brought right to the table for serving. It will also help to keep foods hot during the meal. Helen’s Asian Kitchen steamers are strong, durable and constructed completely of natural bamboo with bamboo pegs and bamboo lacing for strength, durability and beauty. There are no metal staples, wires or plastic which can rust or loosen with use.
An authentic tool for steaming vegetables and meats or serving dim sum at the table, this steamer from Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen line is crafted from tightly woven bamboo. In addition to being a sustainable material, bamboo is an effective steaming material because it traps steam, absorbs condensation, and retains heat. Here, the 100 percent natural bamboo slats are hand-woven into a layered cylindrical basket with a tightly constructed lid and secured with bamboo pegs. Tidy and attractive, the unit rests over a wok or, with a steaming ring, on a pot of boiling water to cook without fat or cumbersome equipment. Measuring 10 inches in diameter, the steamer is handcrafted, and detergent-free washing by hand is recommended. An instruction booklet with recipes is included. --Emily Bedard
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Very disappointing... It is a great steamer, until it falls apart. 4 months seems way to soon for it to be already falling apart.
I've so far used this steamer about 3 times within about 3-4 months and every time I touch the steamer, I get at least 2 splinters in my fingers.
I guess you get what you paid for, this steamer is very cheap but that also means the bamboo aren't professionally crafted.
You must wear gloves, or at least finger cots, if you are planning on even touching the steamer.
With some protection under the trays they can be carried directly to the table from the stove. I always use either a plate or serving dish under the trays and this way the furniture is protected and the person carrying the trays is also safer. Though not as attractive as fine crystal or china the bamboo is not unattractive. To retain the heat the lid can be kept on. The veggies seem to stay warm for 15-20 minutes this way. Do use caution; they do tend to retain some of the steam and it can be easy to see how someone could get a serious burn.
One other thing to remember with bamboo is not to use soap. It tends to retain flavors and Dawn is not very tasteful. The next time you cook with them the taste of soap will transfer to the food.
I have found that with proper care the trays will have a useful service life of a few years and the investment is well worth the money.
If you're using it over a pot that is a smaller diameter than the steamer and cooking with gas be careful not to turn the flame up too high and burn it (it's made of bamboo after all.) Mine got a little scorched on one side but it still works perfectly.
sucks when you are sent things you want to send back but its just too much of a hassle, to bad its a simple product and should be checked before shipped to the consumer
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The height is not large enough.
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