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Video:How to Steam Vegetables on a Stove

with Gina Miller

Learning how to steam vegetables on the stove is a great way to make healthy and delicious vegetables that you and your family will enjoy. Here, learn how to steam vegetables on the store at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Steam Vegetables on a Stove

Hi I'm Gina Miller with About.com Food

Today I am going to give you some tips on how to steam vegetables on your stove top.

Why Steam Vegetables?

Fresh vegetables provide high levels of essential vitamins and nutrients and steaming is a great way to preserves the nutrients, texture and flavor.

When steaming the idea is to keep the vegetables from being immersed directly in water, which causes vegetables to become too soggy and tasteless.

I am going to show you a couple of different methods for steaming on the stove top.

The 1st method, I will use some common items found in most kitchens.

How to Steam Vegetables on a Stovetop with a Convention Steamer

To steam without using a convention a steamer you'll need:
  • A sharp Knife
  • Medium size Cooking pot with a lid
  • Aluminum foil
  • Salt pepper and herbs to taste

Instructions for How to Steam Vegetables

Always thoroughly wash your vegetables under running water in your kitchen sink. Remove any wilted sections.. Using a knife, cut your vegetables in sections to cook evenly.

Add two inches of water to a large pot and place it on a stove burner. Turn on the burner to med high and add seasonings of your choice like sea salt, ground pepper and any other of your favorite seasonings, bring the water to a rolling boil. Take a sheet of aluminum foil and crumple it into a baseball-size ball and carefully place and cover the bottom of the pot.

Check to make sure the water in the pot isn't higher than half the height of the aluminum foil balls, pouring off some water if necessary. Place your cut vegetables on top of the aluminum foil balls, cover the pot and allow for an appropriate cook time, based on the size and density of your vegetables.

Second Method for How to Steam Vegetables on a Stove

A second method is: Use a metal colander, that will fit easily into your pot and can also be covered. Make sure the water only barely covers the bottom of the collander so none of the actual water touches the vegetables. Again, bring to a rapid boil, place veggies in colander, cover, and cook until desired tenderness.

Third Method for How to Steam Vegetables on a Stove

A third method to Steaming vegetables, is using a small Metal Steamer Basket. These range in prices from $4-10 and can be found in your local grocery store

The steaming basket will suspend the vegetables above the water for quick cooking without boiling and compromising the taste and nutrients of the vegetables.

Using a Steaming Basket

Things You'll Need:
  • Large pot, with lid
  • Steaming basket or colander insert
  • Vegetables (your choice)
  • Water
When filling your pots with aluminum foil shaped balls, the steaming basket, the colander insert, there are no strict rules about the amounts of vegetables to use, try not to overfill so the lid of the pot will fit securely and all the veggies are cooked evenly.

Helpful Tips

Cooking times will vary depending on the type of vegetable, the thickness of the pieces, and personal preference. Average cooking time will be about 5 minutes, so check your vegetables occasionally for the best results. A good rule of thumb, no matter which method you use, is to Check your vegetables with a fork after about 5 minutes of cooking time.

If it is not as tender as you want, replace the cover and cook until desired consistency is reached. If all the water has evaporated, add a very small amount a warm water before replacing cover. Remove from heat and serve once desired consistency is reached. And serve warm.

Cooking Times for Steaming Vegetables

Here are some hints about cooking times: Cauliflower florets will steam on the stovetop in about six minutes. Steam green beans on the stovetop for about five minutes. Broccoli florets steam about five minutes and if you want to cook the entire stalk, steam for at least 7 minutes also, look for a dark color change and you will know when the broccoli is done. For Squash cut into 1/4 " thick slices and steaming for six to eight minutes. Thank you for watching and to learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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