Tools for Steaming

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The first issue in steaming food is to assemble useful tools for steaming, and of these there is a wide variety all worth considering. None is expensive, and some are as cheap as several tin cans and a tin pot. Whether you’re a student with only pennies and a closet to cook in, or a householder with billions and an automated kitchen, assembling the tools you’ll need is an easy endeavor.

If I had only one steaming device to recommend, it would be the modern aluminum steamer set. This is a stack of sheer practicality that includes, from bottom to top: one large stockpot for holding water, 2 perforated steaming tiers for holding the food, and one dome-shaped lid for holding the steam inside the pot.

metal steamer set:
bottoms-up view of perforated metal steamer tier
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