Steaming vegetables is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get the vegetables on your plate. This is something you can do without needing to thick about too much or to make too much effort and one way of the easy ways to prepare fresh vegetables is to steam the over boiling water. This method is usually light, quick and also retains the flavor and nutritional value as long as you are careful not to overcook them. Steamed vegetables often taste perfectly wonderful as they are. Here is how to steam vegetables in a few easy steps.
The main rule to steaming vegetables is to cut the vegetables into equal and similar sizes and not to let them overcook. This is because when you cut the vegetables into uniform size they will be able to cook roughly at the same rate and at the same time. You can also mix the vegetables, but be careful because there are tender vegetables than others. For example, broccoli will cook quickly than potatoes, corns or carrot. When steaming mixed vegetables at the same time, you need to add the denser vegetables first and then the ones that cook quickly after some minutes. Another way is to cut the denser vegetables into a smaller size than the rest so that they can cook more quickly and be ready at the same time.
When steaming vegetables you need to set a timer so as to avoid over-steaming. In the house, there are many things that can distract you and you forget that the vegetables are steaming away on the back burner. To avoid this you need to set the timer from the start for three minutes but only when using a steamer basket and then continue checking them based on how quickly you think they are cooking. Also, you need to take the vegetables out of the steaming basket when they still have just a bit of crunch in the middle and by the time you get them on the tables, the vegetables will have cooked through perfectly without them getting mushy.
There are several methods that you can use to steam your vegetables. They include using a steamer basket, covered pan or just use a microwave.
Using Steamer Basket
Pick the vegetables you want to steam and cut them into a smaller size, then bring 2 cups of water to boil over high heat. Once the water begins to boil, you need to close the steamer to allow its internal temperature build. Add your vegetables after the steamer basket has been covered for a minute. After a minute or so, prick all the vegetables with a knife to test them and if they seem ready, the steaming is done. Finally season and serve.
How to steam vegetables using covered pan
You need to add half an inch of water to the pan so that there is the steaming effect but not to boil out all nutrients. Then add vegetables when the water is boiling. Finally remove from the heat, season and serve.
Put the vegetables into a microwave bowl with a tablespoon of water and put wrap all around the bowl leaving an edge turned up. Then heat the vegetables in the microwave for about 5 minutes and then serve.