Fresh Vegetables vs Canned
When I discovered cooking with a metal steamer, it opened an entire new world of preparation. Timing is key when preparing meals. To get everything on the dinner plate at the same time requires a bit of planning. Broccoli is easy to keep warm as it waits in the covered pan over hot water while the rest of your meal finishes cooking.
Cooking in a Metal Steamer
Metal steamers are versatile and work beautifully whether you're cooking broccoli, cauliflower, carrots or other raw produce. I've also used mine to cook frozen shrimp and the results were fantastic. Even frozen veggies turn out nicely when steamed. It's a great investment that you'll actually use and which will last you for many years.
Equipment That You'll Use for Years
All that's required to keep the copper bottom shiny and clean is a sprinkling of Barkeeper's Friend and a light rubbing with a regular sponge. The inside of the pan can be cleaned with a quick scrubbing using an S.O.S. or a Brillo pad, even when food sticks or overcooks.
Choosing Raw Produce
We do a lot of shopping at stores like Costco and Sam's where bags of prepackaged produce are economically priced, already triple washed and ready to cook. This saves a volume of time and effort in preparation.
Placing the Vegetable in the Steamer
Once you've trimmed the produce the way you like it, arrange the florets on the metal steamer one layer deep. I like to put all the cut ends of the stalks facing toward the metal but that's not really necessary.
Cover the pan with a snug fitting lid and place it over medium to medium high heat. Watch the process carefully to note when the water begins to boil underneath the steamer. It generally takes between five to eight minutes to cook, depending on your preferences of texture and firmness. You can steam the veggies longer for softer results or shorter if you prefer your veggies to have a firm texture.
When is it Done?
Your family may not realize the possible cancer preventing and antioxidant effects of broccoli, but they'll enjoy this tasty side dish that's so easy to prepare. Kids will eat more of this healthy green vegetable if you pour a nice cheese sauce over the top.
Broccoli has been around for at least 2,000 years, and was considered a valuable food source even as far back as the Roman empire. It's rich in fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin E. One serving of cooked broccoli provides 303% of the daily requirement of Vitamin C which is even more than orange juice.
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