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I've owned quite a few different bamboo steamers. First one I bought many years ago and it lasted many years. Last few I have purchased did not. We're talking normal use, hand washing only. Seems like they are made ever more cheaply and none of them hold up well.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can ensure that the next one purchased will be durable and hold up well? Is there anything in particular I should be looking for/at?

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    – Cindy
    Aug 23, 2018 at 20:10
  • can you tell us what brands you have tried and where you have looked. I've seen several on Amazon that "look good" but I don't know if you have already looked there, etc.
    – Cos Callis
    Aug 23, 2018 at 20:38
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    @CosCallis : I've had bad luck buying kitchenware stuff on Amazon lately. In the case of a couple of "Norpro" oil sprayers, it wasn't until after I had filled one that I realized it didn't match the picture, and the design made it functionally useless (the tube to suck up oil didn't reach the bottom of the container, much less one of the corners). I ended up buying an RSVP one in a kitchenwares store where I could be sure of what I was buying
    – Joe
    Aug 23, 2018 at 20:44
  • Try the Wok Shop in San Francisco. wokshop.stores.yahoo.net I've bought a carbon steel wok from them and a few utensils. Good quality, inexpensive and good service.
    – Cynetta
    Aug 24, 2018 at 17:42
  • To answer your questions, I bought one at Bed Bath and Beyond that held up a few years, and I believe the next couple were from Amazon. One was VonShef and one was one of the "Chen" brands. If I had to guess I suspect they are all made in the same factory in China. To be fair we use ours nearly every time we cook a meal. We love steaming veggies in them.
    – jrichview
    Aug 25, 2018 at 14:21

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Normally in the trade, we don't "hand wash" the bamboo steamers, we just let it sit in hot water for a bit and rinse it off. Try not to scrub it either.

Obviously, most of us aren't steaming things on a commercial scale, so I recommend placing a sheet of either baking, parchment or butter paper below the food when you steam. The sheet acts as a protective layer, preventing food from sticking to the bottom and prevents the steamer from getting too dirty (stuck bits of food, etc) which also makes cleaning easier as you only discard the sheet. You don't need to change it after every item steamed, only when you feel its necessary

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