Steaming Vegetables

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated June 12, 2013)

I didn't use to really like vegetables. I guess I wasn't that unusual for being a kid, but point being that veggies weren't my favorite and I only liked them certain ways. I didn't like them raw, I didn't' really like them fried, I'd never tried tempura; however, I did love my vegetables steamed. Now granted, my range of likable veggies wasn't very big, but the ones I did like, I liked best steamed. Steamed vegetables aren't hard to achieve and they are one way that I've found almost everyone likes their vegetables.

Whenever you steam your vegetables, you'll want to cut the veggies up into smaller pieces. Some vegetables come precut like that (most frozen vegetables do), but at least some of the time you'll need to do your own cutting. You don't want the pieces too big and you can basically go as small as you want. I try and make my broccoli pieces small enough for bite-size or enough for two bites and my carrots about the same. You can get away with really small pieces, but too large pieces are hard to handle and don't usually cook as well. Once you have the vegetables cut, you can begin the steaming.

Fill a medium sized pot with some water. You don't want the water to completely cover the vegetables, but you do want to put enough water in so the steam from the water can actually cook your vegetables. A good rule of thumb to follow is to fill the water up so it covers about three-fourths of the vegetables in the pot. Add some salt to the water and then put on a burner turned to high. Put the lid on so the water will heat up faster (but you don't want the water to overflow so be careful).

Once the water starts to boil turn the burner down to about medium-high and let simmer for a good fifteen or twenty minutes. Periodically check the vegetables' tenderness; this can be done just with a fork. Once the tenderness is to your liking, the vegetables are done and you can sit down and eat! Steamed vegetables often taste good with extra salt and butter.

Author Bio

Charlotte Wood

MORE FROM CHARLOTTE

When Are Taxes Due?

Taxes are a pain and especially when you end up doing them last minute. But how do you know if you're doing them last minute ...

Discover More

Natural Contraceptives

There are several types of contraception out there, and you should know which is best for you. Natural contraceptives are a ...

Discover More

Getting a Great Tan Safely

It's summer, and you want a tan. Safe tanning is a touchy subject, but here are some ways to make sure that you at least go ...

Discover More
More Cooking Tips

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach artichoke dip is a huge favorite at many local and national restaurants. Because this type of dip is such a favorite, ...

Discover More

Sweet Potato Fries

While most people have had regular French fries before, not quite as many have had sweet potato fries. If you are looking for ...

Discover More

Working with Peppers

Save money and time on dishes with bell peppers. Then tone down spicy peppers. These tips and more await you!

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured cooking tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight less than 9?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured cooking tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)