Steamers are a very useful kitchen implement. They are used to steam everything, from vegetables, to fish, to meat. Steamers come in a variety of materials as well. Stainless steel is usually used but there are steamers made from aluminum, ceramic, and even bamboo. In this article, we will discuss some of the more commonly employed ways to make improvised steamers. Here's how:
- Use a metal sieve and a stove top pan. Metal sieves such as a colander and a stove top pan can be used to rig up your own steamer. To do this, you will need to make sure that both the colander's and the pan's circumference are the same. This is so the colander won't fall to the base of the pan. If what you have is a smaller colander, then do not fret as you can still improvise your very own steamer. What you will need to do is to get a metal measuring cup that has a wide enough base. This is where you will put your colander on. So make sure the one you get has a wide base so that the colander will not accidentally slip or fall off. You can also use a heat resistant ceramic bowl instead of the measuring cup. Place the chosen base into the middle of the pan. Now, place the colander on top and put in whatever you need to steam inside it. Put water half way through the pan and cover the entire contraption. Bring the water to a boil, making sure that there is some lid space to allow the steam to escape.
- Use fabric to improvise a steamer. Fabric can be readily used to make your very own steamer at home. To do this, get a clean white cotton fabric and a deep enough pot. Make sure that the size of the cotton fabric you get is wider than that of the pot's. Now, put the cotton fabric on top of it. Tie it around the body of the pot using twine made from natural fiber. Make sure that this is done tightly so that the cotton fabric is stretched taut. Also, make sure that the twine's and the fabric's ends are properly tucked away from the pot's base to avoid catching fire. Of course, you will need to put water into the pot prior to tying the fabric. Simply use a big enough lid to cover the improvised steamer and you're good to go. This contraption is rather difficult to set up and manage. So if you are not quite confident you can successfully rig up a steamer using this method, then do not at all costs!
Again, improvising your own kitchen implements may be done. But you should always practice precaution measures to avoid unnecessary accidents in the process.