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Why do steamed avocados taste like eggs?

Today, I was steaming some kale, and decided to try steaming some avocados as well, so I added them for the last 2 minutes of steaming (out of approximately 6 minutes). To my surprise, the avocados ...
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Cooking messy foods in a bamboo steamer without a cleaning nightmare

For example, chicken. I have tried: chicken directly in steamer: chicken gunk goes everywhere, including between the woven bamboo slats. chicken in a colander in the basket: gunk still goes ...
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Difference between boiling and steaming vegetables?

I have eaten both boiled vegetables and steamed vegetables (e.g. broccoli, carrot, zucchini etc.), and I cannot tell the vegetables are cooked in one way or the other, whether by texture or by taste (...
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What can I use instead of a tea towel?

I have a recipe for steaming seitan that involves wrapping the vital wheat gluten loaf in a tea towel, tying off the ends, and placing in the steaming basket. I am good to go but for the tea towel. ...
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How long does it take to steam brown rice?

I would like to know how long it takes to steam brown rice.
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How to steam clams?

A friend of mine (professional seafood cook) told me to steam mussels fast and furious until they burst open. Yesterday, I mixed mussels and clams. The mussels opened up perfectly, but the clams were ...
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Why is it that every time I steam vegetables while cooking rice my rice cooker ruins the rice?

Why is it that every time I steam vegetables while cooking rice my rice cooker ruins the rice? My rice to water ratio is the usual 1:2. My last two attempts included mushy basmati and jasmine rice. ...
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Is it possible to steam steak?

Steaming seems like an ideal cooking method; I've seen it used for mostly vegetables, sometimes fish (salmon). Is it possible to steam a steak? Does it cook well? (I assume the target is medium ...
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What should I look for in an electric steamer for use to make tamales

I don't know a whole lot about what makes an electric steamer a good steamer. I'm looking for recommendations for one where I'm hoping to make tamales with. The plan is to make large batches so ...
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Should steaming water be used for stock/gravy?

Should I use water from steaming to make stock or gravy? Does it depend from what I have steamed (e.g., potatoes or vegetables)?
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What is the authentic way to cook pierogi?

I've been buying pre-packaged pierogi from Trader Joe's and local Polish delis. But I can't seem to get a straight or consistent answer on how you are supposed to cook them. Should you steam pierogi, ...
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How long should I steam Artichokes?

I know that it should steam until the leaves pull off easily. But how long does that take?
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Seasoning steamed vegetables (in particular potatoes): advisable?

We're going through a healthy-eating phase at the moment, and this includes eating a fair few steamed vegetables. Unfortunately I find steamed vegetables (especially potatoes) can be painfully dull ...
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How can I adapt rice cooker steamed fish to cooking in a pot?

I have seen steamed fish dishes where the fish is cooked on top of the rice in a rice cooker. I'd like to try this, but I don't have a rice cooker and always cook my rice in a pot. Does anyone know ...
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How long can I hold brown rice between boiling and steaming?

I use a technique from Cooks Illustrated for cooking my brown rice. I simmer for 25 minutes and then steam for 10. It gets a nice consistent result. But how long can I hold the rice between simmering ...
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How can I cook my dumplings without a bamboo steamer?

My company is having a potluck. I want to make Chinese dumplings, but the dumplings I make require a bamboo steamer and pot to cook. I have a steamer that I use at home, but at work, I have no ...
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Convection/Steam cooking in a Normal Oven?

A recipe that I am trying says that it's very important I follow the instructions to the letter. However, at one point it says "Each loaf should bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit in convection/steam oven ...
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Should you wrap chicken in foil when you steam it?

If so, should you wrap the chicken completely in foil, or leave the bottom open so the steam can get in?
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Looking for a rice cooker, steamer, deep fryer, slow cooker combo that can cook rice and steam at the same time

I know this is slightly crazy, but I am a minimalist. I try to get by on as little "stuff" as possible. Basically I want a rice cooker that can steam my vegetables and chicken for a meal all at the ...
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What is a good way to steam tamales without a “tamale steamer?”

I am looking for ways to to cook large quantities of Tamales but I don't have a Tamale Steamer. Anyone do this before with other standard kitchen gear? I would rather not cook them in batches as the ...
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How do you steam vegetables?

Assuming you don't have a "vegetable steamer" that you received as a wedding gift, how do you steam vegetables?
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Is it possible to preserve color in steamed vegetables?

When I steam green vegetables, like broccoli, they come out bright green. A few minutes later though, and they have darkened and dulled. Is this a symptom of cooking them for too long or is there some ...