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Thursday, June 27, 2013

1 Preserves the structure of food

Many types of vegetables and boil rapidly losing its shape. But if steamed, you do not have to worry that you vegetables into a puree.
Unlike other types of cooking, steaming does not destroy the cellular structure of foods and their original flavor.

2 Preserves vitamins and minerals

When steaming, the loss of vitamins and minerals from foods is minimal.
For example, when you steam broccoli loses only 11% of flavonoids. When cooking in water, this loss is 66%, and cooking in a microwave - a staggering 97%!
When steaming broccoli retains 80% of vitamin C, while in the cooking water - only 30%.
Therefore, if you eat foods rich in natural vitamins and minerals, cook it by steaming or eat it in its raw form.

3 Preserves the flavor, color and juice ingredients
Steaming foods retain their original color, flavor, freshness and juiciness.

4 A sophisticated way to add flavor to the food
The water you use for steaming, you can add spices, stock or wine. In this way, food can add incredible flavor and aroma.

5 Save energy
Steaming allows simultaneous cooking on several levels, which saves energy.
In India experienced housewives prepare a whole meal by steaming in a special dishes on several levels.

6 Not require use of oil - and the result is a light and healthy food
When steaming is not necessary to use oil. The result is a healthy, tasty and easy meal.
If desired, before serving, you can pour a few tablespoons of vegetable oil.

7 Cook almost everything - from vegetables to pulses
When we talk about steaming, usually referring to vegetables.
But steaming is not limited to vegetables. Steam, you can cook and all other foods.

3 Ways steaming

Classic steaming

Foods are placed in a colander, sieve or a special insert over boiling water. In this way, you can prepare fruit, vegetables, pasta and many other foods.

Steaming in its own juice

Wrap the food in parchment paper, bamboo leaves (Chinese method) or banana leaves (Indian method) and place over boiling water. Food will be cooked by steaming in its own juices. This method is great for recipes that include marinating.

Cooking grains steamed

This is a traditional Eastern way of preparing rice and other grains steamed.

Briefly fry the rice and cover with boiling water. Season with salt, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the rice absorbs all the liquid. Then turn off the fire and let the rice sit for another 15-20 minutes.

It is important that during the cooking not lifting the lid and stirring the rice. 

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