Tamale steamer basket – Using a vegetable steamer is a great way to cook your vegetables without the use of oils and fats. When done right, steamed vegetables taste great and keep a lot of vitamins and minerals you eat them. Vegetable steamers are fast and easy to use.
A tamale steamer basket has an area of water that sits in a tray or a basket where the vegetables are kept. The compartment is usually a mesh or strainer-like tray that has holes that allow water vapor to penetrate and boil vegetables. The are three types of steam cookers: a steamer basket, a steamer and a microwave electric steamer.
A steamer basket is a pot holding a basket tightly inside. You put water into the pot and let it come to a boil and then place the basket of vegetables in the pot, make sure the vegetables are immersed. You can place a lid on the pot to keep the steam and shorten cook. For to effectively use a tamale steamer basket, let the water come full boil before adding the vegetables. When you add to your food, turn the temperature down to medium to keep the heat going without overcooking food. Small vegetables like asparagus, spinach and carrots should only need four to six minutes in the steamer.