COOKING TECHNIQUES

Advantages and disadvantages of steaming

When we speak of steaming, we are referring to a type of cooking in which food is prepared by immersing it in steam and heating it up through the underlying liquid with which it does not come into contact. The steam acts as a vehicle for the transfer of heat, which is then used to cook the food.

This type of cooking is certainly less efficient than cooking in water as it takes longer to achieve the final result, but it certainly has the advantage that the food retains more nutrients.

With steaming it is possible to reach temperatures close to 100°C.

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What is steaming
When we speak of steaming, we are referring to a type of cooking in which food is prepared by immersing it in steam and heating it up through the underlying liquid with which it does not come into contact. The steam acts as a vehicle for the transfer of heat, which is then used to cook the food. With steaming, temperatures close to 100°C can be reached.
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How to steam cooking
To cook with steam, it is possible to use special pots - steamers - or to adopt a DIY solution, using normal pots to which a perforated steel basket is attached at the top inside. The liquid underneath, once overheated, will transmit the steam which will then allow the food to be cooked. It is necessary to use a lid to ensure adequate steam circulation inside the basket.
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How to maximally preserve the nutrients in foods
Steaming cooking allows you to preserve more of the nutrients in foods. To recover even more of any lost nutrients, the main advice remains to reuse the cooking liquid, especially when preparing vegetables.
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The advantages of steaming
The advantages of steaming are manifold: no need to use seasonings when cooking, no need to use salt when cooking, greater possibility of preserving nutrients. In addition, it is possible to use spices, vegetable stock or herbs in the cooking water to give food more flavour.
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The disadvantages of steaming
Steaming certainly has more advantages than disadvantages. In fact, the only disadvantage of this type of preparation is the longer cooking time in relation to boiling.
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26/02/2024
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