Top 5 Myths About Steaming Busted!
So you’ve been thinking of starting the year by being more health conscious. You have looked through a whole bunch of exercise regimens and diet plans and now you want to look at ways to prepare healthier recipes. You have also learnt that steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook food.
If you want to get in on that action, you need to be sure that you’re doing it right, so let’s take a look at the top five myths about steaming and debunk them once and for all!
The Food Gets Wet!
This is definitely a valid concern for most people. While it is true that the food gets a little bit “wet”, it is unlike boiled food which is immersed in water. Steaming is one of the cooking methods best used when you want to retain the food’s natural moisture. It is also for that reason that the food appears “wet” when it is in fact the food's natural liquids.
Won’t The Flavours And Smells Cross Contaminate The Other Ingredients?
Unless grease or oil is involved, steamed water will not affect the flavours of different ingredients (especially in multi-basket steamers). There will be no transfer or any smells or flavours. The only way for this to happen is if the boiling water itself is contaminated. Lucky for you, our Multifunctional Smart Steamer keeps your boiling water contaminant free!
It Doesn’t Taste As Good
Because steam cookers create a moist environment, your food is cooked more evenly—so it stays juicier—and much more flavour is retained than if you cooked it with traditional methods. Relative to other modes of cooking, steaming has been shown to retain even more vitamins and minerals. For example, a study by Acton University found that vegetables were 26% higher in vitamin C when they were steamed rather than boiled or fried; they also had 50% greater concentrations of phytonutrients such as beta-carotene.
It Takes Too Long To Steam Food
Not only is steaming healthy and better for you, but it’s also a lot faster than other cooking methods. It typically takes 30 to 45 minutes to steam vegetables or fish, whereas it can take up to an hour in a regular oven. Steaming even beats boiling and microwaving in terms of speed. Some types of seafood like mussels or clams require just 2 minutes of steaming.
Steam Cooking Is Only For Large Servings
Steam cooking is perfect for meals of all sizes. If you're worried that steam cooking only works well for large servings, don't be. The same cannot be said for traditional methods of cooking that require multiple appliances and separate techniques depending on how much food you need to cook. When you use a steamer, everything is simple and quick.
Steam cooking is actually a very healthy way to cook food. Not only does it keep in all of the natural flavours, but it also preserves vitamins and nutrients which are vital for a healthy lifestyle. On top of that, it is extraordinarily easy to do: you don’t need to fuss over correct temperatures and the amount of heat.