Christmas dinner is traditionally all about the turkey and stuffing, leaving the vegetables and other accompaniments sadly neglected. Don’t risk soggy, limp vegetables with your Christmas dinner this year – give them the respect they deserve by cooking them in a stainless steel steamer.
Why use food steamers?
Steaming is a gentler but more effective method of cooking food than direct boiling. Foods retain their texture and shape, with vegetables in particular retaining bite and colour. Steaming also helps to retain nutrients in food that can be lost through other cooking methods. Furthermore, you’re far less likely to burn or overcook food in a steamer!
While the Chinese have been using cooking by steam for all sorts of foods, in the West they are most commonly used for vegetables.
Food steamers from Wares of Knutsford
You could shell out for a steam cooker but there’s really no need – Wares of Knutsford’s stainless steel steamer range includes models in a number of sizes and model variations.
Apart from a special three litre asparagus steamer, Wares of Knutsford offers stainless steel Clearview three tier food steamers in 16cm, 18cm, 20cm and 22cm sizes. The three tier system allows for flexible cooking so that three different items can be cooked separately but at the same time, or each tier can be added later on for foods requiring different cooking times. The steamers feature a vented glass lid, wide handles on each side for easy lifting and a high quality stainless steel interior and exterior finish. They can be used on any hob type including induction, are dishwasher safe and come with a 15 year guarantee. The steamers also come in a neat display box for easy wrapping if you’re planning to give one as a gift!
The Clearview Universal Steamer is a handy gadget that allows you to convert your existing saucepans into a steamer. The stepped steamer base will fit pans of 16cm, 18cm and 20cm sizes and features the same wide, riveted stainless steel handles and vented glass lid as the three tier versions.
If you do a lot of cooking, consider the Clearview Multi Function 7.5 litre Steamer. The base pan comes with two removable baskets so you can also use it as a stockpot or traditional saucepan, as a pasta cooker or a colander. This too is dishwasher safe, guaranteed for 15 years and suitable for any hob type.
Under the circumstances, there’s really no excuse for your carrots to be soggy or your peas mushy – unless you bought them at the chip shop!