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Kitchen Gadget of the Week: Stainless Steel Veggie Steamer

We’re back with another Kitchen Gadget of the Week. This time it’s the wonderfully useful Stainless Steel Veggie Steamer Basket!

What a Veggie Steamer Does and Why We Like It

It’s very simple: a veggie steamer basket allows you to quickly cook veggies of all kinds. Veggie steamer baskets come in all shapes, sizes, and materials but we really love the stainless steel veggie steamers because they are lightweight and durable, dishwasher-safe, and they are compact to store. We’ve had the one pictured in this post for years and years and we use it quite often. The essential advantage of using a veggie steamer basket is that it frees you from boiling, or microwaving, your veggies when you want a low-fat method of cooking them. Boiling uses significantly more water since you only need a tiny bit for the steamer basket, plus a significant percentage of the nutrients end up in the boiling water!

a folder stainless steel veggie steamer basket
This is our years-old, much-used, stainless steel veggie steamer. It’s held up really well!

What Is Our Fav Recipe To Use This For?

We’ve used our veggie steamer for all sorts of things: green beans, baby red potatoes, and anything that we want to lightly cook and not have boiled away. But our most common uses are to cook baby carrots and broccoli florets. The veggie steamer has short legs on the bottom to keep it raised above the bottom of the pan. So, all you need is about a cup of water in a saucepan, the basket on top, and a lid. Turn the heat up until the water starts to boil – that’s it! (just be sure to check frequently the first few times because your veggies will cook quick!)

baby carrots in a stainless steel veggie steamer basket
One of our favorite uses is to steam baby carrots
raw broccoli in a stainless steel veggie steamer basket
Using a veggie steamer basket to cook broccoli means you can get it “just right”!
Where Can You Get It?

Veggie steamer baskets can be found in all sorts of kitchen/cooking specialty stores or departments and, of course, online at places like Amazon. But we encourage supporting a few places other than the behemoth online shopping site with the options here:

2 sizes available at Sur La Table

More options at Sunsella

Another option is online at Target

Full of Beans

Husband and wife, father and mother, working adults – Greg and Georgia formed Full of Beans to share encouragement, inspiration, and tips to get you started on, and maintain, a plant-based vegan diet (even if you think you don't have the time/money/skills/energy). See the About page for more.

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