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Old 03-29-2018, 02:40 PM   #1
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Chinese bamboo steamers

I have only ever used my bamboo steamer once, and I donít remember if the pan below it has to match the diameter of the steamer, or if itís okay if the pan is a bit smaller. Can anyone help? Am I being obsessive?

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Old 03-29-2018, 02:53 PM   #2
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The steamer is supposed to sit down in the pan, but not into the water.
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Old 03-29-2018, 02:53 PM   #3
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If the pan below is smaller in diameter than the bamboo steamers some of the steam will be lost.

I steam on my wok.
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:27 PM   #4
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also be careful not to have your steamer "hang over" the edges of the pan...
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:30 PM   #5
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I actually use my steamer a fair amount. Especially if I am boiling some other vegie (carrots/potatoes) -I put the delicate vegies (beans/asparagus/broccoli) in the steamer above.

Line your basket with a cabbage leaf... and eat that too. Parchment paper works too.
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Old 03-29-2018, 04:11 PM   #6
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I think dragn sneezed on her bamboo steamer, or so it looks.

Lol, but yes, you don't want the pan underneath to be smaller, not only because it could catch on fire, but also the steam will drip down the insides and onto your stove.

We also use our steamer a lot for things like shu mai, or dumplings.

I've put baby bok choy leaves down first, then the shu mai, then another tray of just whole baby bok choy.
After removing the cooked shu mai, I like to toss the bok choy with soy and butter.
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Old 03-29-2018, 04:48 PM   #7
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Aww com'on Bucky I didn't ... oops maybe I did
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Old 03-29-2018, 05:32 PM   #8
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I always thought they were designed to be used with a wok.
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:01 PM   #9
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I put mine on top of my pasta pot.
there is a slight over lap, but not enough to make a difference
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:31 PM   #10
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I should have mentioned that if you use a smaller frying pan it's too close to the fire.

We often use a pasta pot as well.
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