Tuesday Treats: Steamy!

Happy Valentine’s day everyone!  Decided to do a quick Tuesday Treat today because hey… I love you.

It’s cold outside and one of the best ways to prepare a warm meal is to steam it.

It’s a technique that quite frankly doesn’t get a lot of credit.

When you think about it though, it might be the best cooking technique out there.  It’s almost always quick and you can steam anything from veggies to doughs to meats.

It also happens to be the healthiest way to cook food since it requires no (or very little) oil or added fats.

I’ve been rocking my bamboo steamer recently for all kinds of quick steamed dishes and I realized that it’s a piece of kitchen equipment that a lot of people probably don’t have.

So, I figured I’d give a few away!

The Bamboo Steamer

For some reason Americans are prone to using the steel steamers that sit right in the pot.  These do an okay job.  I have one and use it occasionally.

But they just aren’t as good as bamboo steamers.

For starters, the bamboo steamer doesn’t sit 1/4 inch above the water.  It allows the steam to circulate more around the food which results in a softer cooking process.

If you steam broccoli, for example, in a bamboo steamer, you can end up with a bright green vegetable that still has a slight crunch to it.  This is pretty hard to do in the steel insert steamer though.  You’re more likely to end up with broccoli mush.

In short, you probably don’t have a bamboo steamer and you probably should have one!

The Giveaway

For this Tuesday Treat, I’m giving away three 12 inch bamboo steamers.  They have two layers so you can stack food on top of food and are large enough to fit on a pretty wide range of pots or woks.

Tuesday Treat Rules

Just a reminder about the Tuesday Treat rules.

The whole idea behind these giveaways is that they are quick. This contest will close at 7PM Eastern time tonight (Tuesday) and I’ll pick THREE winners at random. That means that you have just 12 hours to sign up.

Unfortunately, I can’t ship internationally so just U.S. entries please.

Those three winners will get a nice, new bamboo steamer sent to them as soon as possible!

How to enter?

It doesn’t get much easier. Just leave a comment and you’re entered!

If you happen to be reading this in an email, you need to comment on the actual post to be entered please.

Good luck everyone!


Congrats to the winners for this Tuesday Treat!  They are Jackie, Leah, and Tanya!

216 comments on “Tuesday Treats: Steamy!

  1. I’ve never come across a Bambo Steamer in my life, but would love one. Steaming is a healthy alternative and I imagine it would keep veggies super crisp (?)

  2. I would just like to say your blog is really amazing and I have made many of the vegetarian recipes you have posted, so thanks!

    I actually don’t have a vegetable steamer of any kind yet. I’m slowly building up my cooking supplies and a veggie steamer was actually next on my list once I had the courage to spend the money. Veggie dumplings would probably taste a lot better steamed than boiled :).

    Happy Valentines Day!

  3. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    I just discovered your website through Pinterest (where have I been all this time??) Am loving it.

    Thanks for the opportunity to snag a steamer–good luck to all!

  4. I would LOVE a steamer! I steam veggies all the time in my metal one, but you’re right, it has its flaws.

  5. I have a steel steamer, and you are right–mushy broccoli. My one year old LOVES mushy broccoli–me, not so much!

  6. I think this would be fun to try. I’ve given up my microwave, so I’ve been using my metal steamer more. I didn’t know that a bamboo one could be so much better.

  7. I have always been curious about a bamboo steamer but have never gotten one.
    I would love to have one of these.

  8. dinner last night (and now lunch today) was sweet potato stuffed shells, delicious! also, would love a bamboo steamer.

  9. I have one and it’s GREAT! Veggies, Asian dumplings, tamales, almost anything you can imagine, can be steamed.

  10. I was going to steam broccoli last week, and realized that I didn’t have a steamer!
    Check you out every day (Your blog, that is). Keep it up!

  11. Thanks so much for having this giveaway! Love your blog- it’s honestly one of the first places I check when I decide to make something and need a recipe.

  12. I never realized that bamboo was so much better than the steel steamers. I have benn steaming veg for the past two years, but using a metal steamer. Would live a bamboo one! I learn so much on your site, thanks!

  13. Much as I’d love the steamer, more importantly I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog!! I have already made a bunch of the recipes that you’ve sent out! My current favorite is the chickpea stew. I’m trying to lose weight and (without the potatoes), the stew is a great low-cal, tasty addition. So, thanks!!

  14. I love Macheesmo!! I only have a metal steamer…I understand what you mean by the mushy broccoli!

  15. I really enjoy you vegetarian posts! And I would get a lot of use out of a bamboo steamer!

  16. I came across your blog a couple weeks ago. Love it!

    I ‘ve been thinking about getting a bamboo steamer. What a great giveaway!

  17. me!me! Enter me please! Also- I have a question about your cashew dip. Mine came out a little too sweet….any way to counter-act that? thanks!

  18. You are inspire me to go into my kitchen and create something different every day. Even if I DON’T want to cook dinner, especially on Valentines Day! Thanks!

  19. Thanks for your Tuesday treats! I love steamed veggies but more often than not, I end up with the mush that you get from a microwave bag…

  20. I’m intrigued by the bamboo steamer. If you give it rave reviews, I’d love to give it a try!

  21. My mom used a bamboo steamer a lot growing up then I sort of forgot they existed. I would love to try using one now!

  22. Love making dim sum but my toddler has taken my steamer for one of his experiments. :-) Can’t use it anymore so i could really use a replacement!

  23. I have never used a bamboo steamer but always thought it would be a good idea to have one, just never something I remembered to buy.

  24. This Tuesday Treat would help make our cold ND nights more steamy!! And I love steamed veggies – it would be fun to try different foods in it too.

    1. the hazards of typing with a toddler nearby! Anyway, thanks for the chance to win…these look awesome!

  25. Im thinking of all the yummy things i could steam inside that steamer. thanks for the tuesday treats and most of all ur everyday post. I’ve tried so many recipes and have loved them. great blog. keep up the great work

  26. Egads. I’ve been steaming vegetables in the mirowave. Bamboo could bring this function to a whole new level.

  27. Steaming is the best way to get the most flavor out of you veggies. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  28. I would love to have a bamboo steamer! I have to use the stainless steel version and try not to burn myself in the process….and lifting the lid all the time to try to avoid over cooking sort of defeats the purpose because it lets all the steam out.

  29. Yes, thank you!! (for introducing this, I’m not presuming I’ll win!) I never realized I need one of these until now…I love broccoli, but I’m tired of it not being steamed well.

  30. Ah! Thank you! This is one of those kitchen items I always *want* but can’t justify purchasing, given all of the other kitchen necessities I *need*!

  31. V – Veggies
    A – Always
    L- Love
    E – Everything
    N- Not
    T – Too
    I – Intensly
    N – Nawed (but)
    E – Eatin
    S – Steamed

  32. This would be very cool! My husband is on weight watchers at the moment and I’m always looking for healthier options for him.

  33. When I was a kid my mom used to make dumplings in this kind of steamer! I keep meaning to get one because man, steamed dumplings. They are the best.

  34. I’ve always wanted a bamboo steamer! I love making wontons and I imagine they would cook much better in bamboo than metal.

  35. I’ve always wanted to try to use a bamboo steamer. (By the way-your blog is awesome, one of the first I read every day).

  36. Yes! I’ve been thinking about getting a bamboo steamer for so long; the only thing that’s stopped me from buying one is hesitance in not knowing how to properly use said steamer. but hey, that’s what the internet is for!

  37. Would love to win! But then you’d need to post some Dim Sum recipes so I’d have a delicious reason to learn to use the steamer…

  38. Count me in Nick! Of my mountains of kitchen gadgets, contraptions and culinary apparatus I have not a bamboo steamer basket. This would be a most perfect complement to a vegetarian’s kitchen.

    By the way… Kudos and thanks for an increasing number of meatless postings. It has not gone un-noticed and is most appreciated.

  39. I’ve always wanted one, but my husband says we don’t need another kitchen gadget. If it was a prize, he couldn’t say no…

  40. That would be a great way to fix veggies. I’d think more vitamins would be left in them. Would be fun to win :^)

  41. I would absolutely love to try my hand at one of these! By the way, I think you should invest in a Vitamix so you can add those types of recipes to your collection!

  42. The latest Cook’s Illustrated has a drawing of an old steamer and comments on why stacked steamers work well, which got me started thinking “maybe I should try that”. If I get one of yours, I will.

  43. This sounds great! Maybe I can finally get my vegetables with that slight crunch. Mine always seem to turn out just a little bit too mushy.

  44. I love steamed veggies, and would really like this steamer to broaden my steaming experience. Thanks – Happy Valentine to all of you!!!!!

  45. I have only ever tried the steel insert steamers because that’s what they sell at Target and that’s what fits into my meager budget. I love steamed veggies, though, and I love the idea of being able to experiment more with cooking with a bamboo steamer. :D

  46. Ohhh!!!! I could really use one of these!!! Pick me pick me!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day Nick (and Betsy too)!

  47. I am 82 yrs. of age and still trying to keep healthy – do laps twice a week in the pool and am up to 40 – have been active my whole life – a steamer would be just wonderful.

  48. Thank you for your blog…..I feel like I know you, Betsy and your furry family members.
    I send some of your recipes to our son….he worked his way through school as a cook and still loves it.

  49. How I would dearly love to downsize all my other steaming “materials” in order to have one of these… *sigh*

  50. I would love to try one of these! Your blog is fabulous. Everything I have made from it has been delightful. I especially enjoy your posts comparing store bought vs homemade foods.

  51. Too kind, too kind. I just found out about you today through your olive bread posting. Serendipitous!

  52. I would love to have a bamboo steamer to replace my steamer in a pot! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  53. Having one of these would be awesome. I would use it to steam vegetables, meats, dumplings or whatever else I could find. I know I use a Tupperware steamer, but it doesn’t particularly work that well.

  54. My high school friend’s dad would make steamed fish for us all the time and it was so simple but somehow also so amazing. If I win one of these, I’ll try making it too and will not only think of my good friend and his awesome dad, but about this awesome website as well!! Love in all directions!
    Can you do an entry on steamed fish?

  55. Sounds like fun. Would love to try one out. You doing a wonderful job with finding fun meals to cook. Thanks.

  56. I would love a bamboo steamer. I stopped steaming food due to the pitiful results using the metal one. I’m always looking for ways to cook better.

  57. I would love to try a bamboo steamer! Since you speak so highly of it, might go buy one anyway. : )

  58. How do I not own one of these yet? I’ve been steaming the old fashioned way for far too long!

  59. A bamboo steamer would be so delightful in my kitchen! I remember my grandma had this huge pot she used for steaming, the bottom was filled with water, a rack (3 or 4″ tall) and then the bamboo steamer tray, or enamalware dish went on the tray to steam foods.

  60. Nick, I really look forward to your daily feeds. I live alone which makes me the chief cook and bottle washer. I would love to win one of these but if I don’t I’ll just go out and buy one.

  61. Oooh, I’ve always wanted to make steamed bao! I can almost smell the deliciousness just thinking about it…

  62. I am a new subscriber to your blog. Since I have been reading, I have tried 5 of your recipes including your wonderful suggestions, and they have all been amazing!! Definitely “keepers” as my husband would say. As far as the steamer goes, count me in!!

  63. I have wanted a bamboo steamer forever, and have yet to actually get one. I would love the addition to my healthy(ish) kitchen supplies!

  64. Hi,

    I am a longtime subscriber but don’t post often. I’d love to be able to steam things, I think that would help my weight-loss efforts tremendously. I don’t currently have a steamer.

    Love the blog!


  65. Yeeeeaaaah! I heart Treats! (Tuesday and any other day of the week) Would love a bamboo steamer. These look just like the containers my dim sum comes in at my old fav Asian Fusion joint.

  66. I’d love a new bamboo steamer, I haven’t owned one for several years. I enjoy reading your blog, it’s the last thing I do each day before I leave the office.

  67. I’m just under the entry dealine wire (I hope). I need one of these soooo bad. My cat tore up my old one. :)

  68. Love to steam food. Do not remember seeing bamboo steamers in the store. Where is a good place to look for them? Love the blog – I am learning many new things and finding new recipes to make each week. Thanks!

  69. Recipes! I already have a steamer and have no idea how to use it. Can you help? (I’m guessing you can.) Will you? Soon? Thanks for all your great stuff: recipes, tips and Tuesday Treats.

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