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My Chinese New Year’s Resolution

It was Chinese New Year on February 14th, and in my continuing efforts to eat healthy food (interspersed with a cupcake or two) I have taken a cue from Chinese cooks who are very adept at steaming

I have not really been on to steaming very much for the simple reason that I thought it was too much trouble.  To me, it was just throw the broccoli in the boiling water and that’s it.  Forget the fact that steaming allows food to retain more of its nutrients.  Nevermind that foods come out moist and tender, rarely overcooked.  And, so what if it actually makes food like vegetables taste way better.  No… I just wanted to get the food on the table!

So, in honor of Chinese New Year I wanted to make the effort and give steaming a try.  To help me out I have found a couple of very interesting products put out by Joyce Chen that I would like to share. 

The first is the traditional Joyce Chen 10-Inch Bamboo Steamer Set:

This set has two separate cooking levels and its domed designed concentrates the steam to speed up cooking time.  It is made from high-quality natural bamboo and can be used inside a wok or a stockpot.  It is perfect for cooking Chinese dumplings, but you can cook any fish, meat or vegetable with great results.  One thing to keep in mind is that since it is made from bamboo, you would have to hand wash it.  Also, one steamer set should accommodate about 1-2 people, so if you need to cook for more people, you could get more than one set and use more layers at once (just don’t stack them too high 🙂 ).

If you are looking for a steamer with a larger capacity, then I would recommend the Joyce Chen 3-Tier Steamer:

This set also has two separate cooking levels, the bottom tier is for the water, and the top two are steamer inserts, each with their own soft grip handles, and a glass lid.  The steamer baskets are nice and big to hold family-sized portions of food.  It is made from stainless steel, which is longer lasting than bamboo, and will not absorb cooking odors.  The bottom tier can be used as a stockpot and the steamer baskets can double as colanders.  This easy-to-use set makes steaming as simple as boiling water.

So as a resolution for a healthy Chinese New Year, I have added steaming as a preferred method of cooking.  Steaming has opened my eyes to the amazing flavors of food I’ve been missing.  If you think that steaming is just too fussy, I would encourage you to try it.  Use whichever method suits you best.  You will see a difference in the quality and taste of your food, while knowing that you are getting the most nutrients possible.  Another thumbs up in the healthy eating quest.

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