Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ask Mary: Veggie Steaming

Dear Mary,
I don’t have a vegetable steamer. Can I still steam vegetables?

Without a vegetable steamer, the best option for your veggies would be to blanch them quickly by boiling them for a few minutes. However, if steaming is your preferred cooking method, run over to a place like Bed, Bath and Beyond and pick up a steam basket. They’re fairly inexpensive and really get the job done. I prefer to steam my veggies because steaming helps maintain the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that you need in your daily diet during the cooking process.