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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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Old 03-29-2018, 06:46 PM   #11
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I don't know if they still are made this way... but when they (woks) first became popular in North America back in the 60's - there was a wire "shelf" where you could put your finished food. I have no idea if that is the way it is in some asian areas but it would make sense for the steam... especially at the end when they often put a lid on.

lol - just not the shakin and a flippin of the wok itself!
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I have steamed in a wok without steamer baskets. Bring a small amount to water to a boil in the wok and place two chopsticks 6-8" apart horizontally in the wok. Where the chopsticks sit is determined by their length and the curve of the wok. At any rate, they should be above the level of the water. Place a plate with the food to be steamed on top of the chopsticks and place the wok cover on the wok.
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Hot diggety damn... you gots a steady hand there mr. Andy!!
It ever collapse and fall in?
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Hot diggety damn... you gots a steady hand there mr. Andy!!
It ever collapse and fall in?
No. Not yet anyway.
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I put my bamboo steamer inside of my large, high sided fry pan, and I also keep an eye on the water... don't let the water go down too low, as the bamboo is sitting on the bottom of the pan... as dragn mentioned, line with cabbage or buckytom said with bok choy and then EAT the greens
(mine may not be pretty, but they sure did taste good )
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Old 03-30-2018, 12:45 PM   #16
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I've never wanted a bamboo steamer...just far too bulky to store for as often as I'd need it. I do have a round rack that will fit inside my wok. With the lid, it works perfectly.
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Old 04-01-2018, 05:11 PM   #17
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One of these days I’ll have to get a steamer of that style. About the only bamboo steamer I have and used is for sticky rice. It looks like one of those Vietnamese hats for lack of better words for those that are not familiar. The flat type style I should look more into and see what kinds of things to do with one of those. It very well could be another fun thing to learn, and the best part is you get to eat the end result

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