|Brand||Helen's Asian Kitchen|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Contains Liquid Contents||No|
|Item model number||97010|
|Product Dimensions||30.48 x 30.48 x 19.05 cm; 1.24 Kilograms|
Helen’s Asian Kitchen Bamboo Food Steamer with Lid, 12-Inch
|Price:||+ S$37.34 Delivery|
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- Bamboo steamer for cooking vegetables, meats and fish or reheating foods, like dim sum; 12-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
- No Steaming Ring available for this size bamboo steamer
- Hand wash only
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Next to stir-frying, 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 of course, 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 that would otherwise dry out or overcook on the stove, in the oven, or in the microwave. 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. Although you can’t burn food in a steamer, you can over -cook it so timing is important. 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. And be sure there’s adequate head space under the lid so that the steam can freely circulate around the food. The traditional Chinese steamer is made of natural bamboo, a sustainable grass that is strong, grows quickly and is plentiful. Bamboo steamers can range in size from a tiny 4-inch diameter for dim sum to large commercial-sized steamers that can steam several platters of whole fish at once. At Helen’s Asian Kitchen, we have beautiful handmade bamboo steamers for home use in four practical sizes: 4”, 6”, 10” and 12” diameters. These 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. 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 so water droplets won’t fall on the food you are steaming. We have all experienced heavy condensation on the inside of cookware lids that drip water onto food when the lid is lifted. 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 Chen is a leading Asian culinary expert, cookbook author, cooking instructor and developer of Helen's Asian Kitchen cookware and cooking accessories. Helen's focus is making Asian cooking quick and easy, healthy, and more accessible to the home cook. Here recipes are updated to incorporate heart-healthy oils and readily available supermarket ingredients while still maintaining the authentic flavors and variety of traditional Asian cuisine. Her inspiration for new recipes and products comes from her frequent trips to Asia for business and family visits.
“Accentuate the natural flavor of foods. Retain nutrients and vitamins while cooking with less fat or oil.” – Helen Chen
Helen's Asian Kitchen Bamboo Steamers
Steaming food helps retain fresh textures and flavors, and preserves precious nutrients. Steamers are made from 100-percent natural bamboo, a fast-growing alternative to traditional materials for a more sustainable living.
- Made of strong and durable natural bamboo
- Available in four sizes: 4", 6", 10", 12"
- Ideal for vegetables, seafood, meats and dumplings
- Perfect for cooking, reheating and serving your favorite dim sum
- Bamboo absorbs condensation so no water will drip back onto the food
- Tightly constructed and woven to trap steam for quick and efficient cooking
- Healthy, low-fat cooking method
How steamers work:
A bamboo steamer is designed to sit over another pot containing boiling water. As the water boils, the steam enters the steamer through the open slats in the bottom and is contained in the steamer by the lid. The bamboo steamer absorbs any condensation, keeping water from dripping back onto the food. When heated, it forms a hot container and, with the cover in place, can keep food warm for up to half an hour. The bamboo steamer is also an attractive serving piece and may be brought right to the table. Foods that are steamed require little or no added oils or fats, and they retain vitamins and minerals and cook quickly and evenly.
Tips for steaming the Asian way:
When steaming dry foods such as breads and dim sum, line the bottom of the steamer tier with parchment paper or cabbage leaves to prevent sticking. 9.5" parchment rounds do the job easily. However, for foods that are seasoned such as seafood, meats and tofu, steam them in a heat-proof shallow dish (such as a Pyrex pie plate) to catch the flavorful and nutritious juices. The dish should be about 1 inch smaller than the diameter of the steamer and the food should not touch the inside of the lid to allow steam to circulate freely around the food for even cooking. The added benefit of using a dish is that the bamboo steamer stays clean. Use specially designed Plate Retriever Tongs for added safety.
Caring for Your Bamboo Steamer:
Before using for the first time, rinse the bamboo steamer and lid with cold water. After each use, wash steamer with hot water and a brush, if necessary. Do not use soaps or detergents — bamboo may absorb fragrance and impart unwanted flavors to foods. Allow steamer to thoroughly air dry before storing in a well-ventilated place.
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buy a metal one if you want to use for long time.
Reviewed in the United States on 8 January 2017
buy a metal one if you want to use for long time.
I am a 63 y.o. Asian- American woman living in a sparsely Asian-populated area and needed a 12" bamboo steamer to go with my 4" and 10" steamers I use for other dishes. I ordered 2 of these. One of the two had a poorly constructed lid (see photos, this is the second time I received this type of poor construction), so I returned it for an exchange. The exchanged steamer came and arrived with the same defect. I've never used a defective steamer and won't start now. I've now returned the exchanged steamer (#2 of 3) and won't take my chances with Helen's again.
Amazon was fantastic with its responsiveness and customer service. Thanks!
With all thats going on they also sell the dim sum frozen upon request - so got one of these puppies to do double stack steaming and get your dimsum on straight from the freezer.
Since then I've made 5 batches of steam buns (Man Tou) and which failed.. until the 6th time.
With a little bit of practice, lots of trial and error, and patience you can relive all those child hood memories of Grandma and Mom's chinese cooking.
If not - make new ones! Recipes are all over the interwebs!
However, one of the baskets is starting to fall apart, after about 10 times of usage. A layer of the bamboo is coming out. It is still good to use since I used a staple gun to staple it back. Time will tell how durable this steamer will be. I give it a 4 star for now, since it met my needs and is still working ok, with a little repair.