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How do i steam veg?

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Mosschops30 Tue 24-May-05 09:42:18

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Flossam Tue 24-May-05 09:43:12

You can get saucepans which steam. I'll look for you hang on.

WigWamBam Tue 24-May-05 09:44:49

In a metal sieve resting on top of the saucepan with the lid on the top - as long as the saucepan is big enough for the sieve not to touch the water underneath. Or you can buy a metal steamer that fits into your saucepan and opens out to fit it really cheaply.

starlover Tue 24-May-05 09:44:57

you could do it in a metal seive if you have one? you would need a deepish saucepan though.

tbh steamers (the saucepan type) are quite cheap. My mum got an electric steamer and hardly ever uses it.

starlover Tue 24-May-05 09:45:19

lol, crossed posts wwb!

Flossam Tue 24-May-05 09:47:50

This is expensive cause its in John Lewis . Maybe woolies or Wilkinsons would have much cheaper versions.

LIZS Tue 24-May-05 09:48:46

You can buy an insert to put above a regular saucepan like this one , or you can microwave with a little water.

Mosschops30 Tue 24-May-05 09:49:47

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Lonelymum Tue 24-May-05 09:51:31

When you steam veg, it usually doesn't take as long as boiling as the steam is hotter than the water, but I couldn't say how long it will take as I mainly microwave veg. Just test a bit when it looks done?

WigWamBam Tue 24-May-05 09:51:32

Depends on how crunchy you like your veg, but generally you steam for as long as you would previously have boiled. Make sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the sieve, but that there's enough for it not to boil dry.

starlover Tue 24-May-05 09:51:54

yeah, you need to make sure that the veg isn't IN the water... so just a small amount in the bottom, then put the veg in the seive and the lid on top.

Once the water is boiling it'll prbably take about 5 mins.
Do check now and then that there is still enough water though if you don't have room to put much in!

WigWamBam Tue 24-May-05 09:57:45

You can get collapsible steamers like this one really cheaply, most supermarkets or hardware stores will have them.

acnebride Tue 24-May-05 10:01:11

Have never bothered buying a steamer. Steam everything for 4 minutes and then start checking - I like my veg quite crunchy in some cases and much softer in others. Broccoli, courgettes and other greens are quite quick - you may find 4 - 6 mins enough - root veg more like 12 - 15 mins. It's bog easy. Do it over your pasta or rice if you're cooking them. You DO need a lid over it but any old thing will do - warm up your plate?

Mosschops30 Tue 24-May-05 19:30:33

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WigWamBam Tue 24-May-05 23:25:54

Cooking in the microwave with just a little water has the same effect.

QueenEagle Tue 24-May-05 23:28:23

I bought a steamer from Argos last week for £12 I think and it's got to be one of my best buys so far!

Mosschops30 Wed 25-May-05 10:05:08

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