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Steaming is one of the healthiest cooking techniques around. It's also a quick-and-easy way to cook up dinner veggies (especially for my family of 5). Here are some of the best vegetables to steam and tips for keeping them nice and crisp.
The Benefits of Steaming-
You may have heard this before: steaming is one of the best ways to cook veggies so they keep their nutrients. Vitamins are easily destroyed when you cook with water for long periods of time (i.e. boiling), but steaming uses the steam from boiling water to cook your food -- not the water directly.
Another advantage of steaming is no added fat or sodium (do you dab butter in a boiling pot of broccoli or load in the salt?). Any veggie you steam will be around 25 calories per half-cup and chock-full of vitamins and minerals.


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Steaming vegetables is a really healthy way of cooking them as it preserves all the vitamins and minerals that are lost when vegetables are boiled or over cooked.

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Where can I find the instructions Manual?


To insure long life and satisfactory performance from your Nordic Ware Rice Cooker, follow these simple guidelines (microwave use only).

1. Before using your Rice Cooker wash it thoroughly by hand in warm soapy water or in the dishwasher (top rack only).
2.Foods with strong colors (particularly red sauces, tomatoes) may stain your cookware.Staining that may occur will not affect the use of the cookware.
(Cooking times may vary due to variations in microwave ovens.Adjust cooking times for best results in your oven.)

To Cook Rice:
1. Remove basket.
2. Pour 1 cup of uncooked rice into the bottom of the basket, rinse rice thoroughly with cold water.
3. Transfer the rinsed rice from the basket to the bottom of the cooker.
4. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and 1 tsp salt (salt is optional).
5. Secure lid and lock clamps. Open vent holes.
6. Microwave on medium setting (50%) for 10 - 12 minutes (white rice) or 18-20 (brown rice).
7. Remove from microwave, close vent holes and let stand with the lid fastened for 4-5 minutes (the steam continues to cook the rice.)
8. Remove rice from the cooker and fluff with a fork.
Yields: 3 cups of cooked rice or 4 to 6 servings.

Cooking Potatoes and Vegetables:
1. Insert Basket.
2.Pour one cup of water plus 1/4 tsp. salt into the bottom of the cooker.
3. Peel vegetables (if desired), cut into evenly sized pieces and place inside basket.
4. Secure lid and lock clamps. Close vent holes.
5. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
6. Remove from microwave and let stand with lid fastened for 3-4 minutes (the steam continues to cook the vegetables.)

Cooking Pasta:
1. Remove basket and lid (lid not used initially for preparing pasta inside the microwave).
2. Pour 2 cups (5 oz.) of uncooked noodles into the bottom of the cooker.
3. Add 2 1/2 cups water.
4. Microwave on high setting 10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes.
5. Remove from microwave, stir noodles, secure lid and lock clamps. Close vent holes. Let stand for 3-4 minutes.

HELPFUL HINTS TO ENHANCE THE FLAVOR OF ANY MICROWAVE DISH:
1. Use chicken broth instead of water for added flavor.
2. Add a little butter or oil to contents.

Jul 30, 2014 | Nordic Ware Kitchen Appliances - Others

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How to Steam Vegetables in your Rice Cooker


<p>One of the extra benefits of having a <b>Rice Cooker</b> is that you can also use it very effectively as a <b>steamer</b> for your vegetables. It is very simple to do and also works very well.<br /> <p><br /> <br /> <p>To <b>use your rice cooker as a steamer</b> you will need to use the <b>steamer basket</b> that came with your rice cooker. That is what the metal thing with all the holes in it is for.<br /> <p><br /> <br /> <p>First place couple of cups of water in the bottom of the cooker pan... yes you still need to place the pan in the cooker... do not place water in the cooker without the bottom pan in place! Then place that metal basket on the top of the bottom pan and place your veggies in there. They can be either frozen, fresh, or thawed, it does not matter, but may affect your cooking times.<br /> <p><br /> <br /> <p>Then comes the good part....you get to season your veggies with whatever it is that will make them taste even better! Salt, Pepper, and even a Teriyaki sauce will work well... but you can spice them up with minced onion, parsley, garlic powder or anything else you might think sounds good.<br /> <p><br /> <br /> <p>Then just place the lid on the top of the basket and turn the rice cooker on by pressing the cook or steam button. The cooker will heat up to produce steam. When the vegetables begin to soften, check them and turn off the cooker when they get to the softness that you desire. Do not over cook them as you will loose the flavor, and nutrients, that you are trying to preserve by using the steamer.<br /> <p><br /> <br /> <p>Once the veggies are done, some people enjoy melting butter, margarine, or other similar things on them to give them even more flavor.<br /> <p><br /> <br /> <p>Most of all enjoy those great veggies!!!<br />

on Jan 29, 2011 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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If I steam my vegetables in the microwave, should I add extra water?


No - all it needs is the amount of water you used to rinse your vegetables. If you add more water it will be more like boiling than steaming.

Feb 18, 2013 | Home

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If I want to steam my vegetables, do I have to buy a steamer basket or is there a cheaper alternative?


Don't rush out to buy a steamer. You can buy metal baskets that fold up (quite like a flower), they are very cheap and available in most kitchen/ hardware stores. They sit on top of boiling pots of water. They don't hold as much as traditional steamers but if you just want to do a few vegetables with your meal, it's a good option.

Feb 18, 2013 | Home

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Any advice for how to cut vegetables that you are going to steam?


Cut the bigger vegetables into uniform size pieces. Leave smaller vegetables whole. And experiment - everyone has a different opinion as to how they like their vegetables cooked, so try it a few different ways until you know how many minutes to set your steamer for.

Feb 18, 2013 | Home

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What are bamboo steamers?


Bamboo steamers are baskets that have interlocking trays with perforated holes. The bamboo steamer is put on top of a pot of boiling water and the steam goes through the holes in the steamer and cooks the vegetables in a very subtle and healthy way.

Feb 18, 2013 | Home

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How does it work when you steam vegetables? How do they cook?


Steaming baskets (made from either metal or bamboo) are set on top of a pot of boiling water. The steam from the water enough cooks the vegetables without taking out all the nutrients. Steaming machines are available too.

Jan 10, 2013 | Home

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Manual


Here are the instructions that came with the cooker:

Cooking times may vary due to variations in microwave ovens. Adjust cooking times for best results in your oven.
To Cook Rice:
1. Remove basket.
2. Pour 1 cup of uncooked rice into the bottom of the basket, rinse rice thoroughly with cold water.
3. Transfer the rinsed rice from the basket to the bottom of the cooker.
4. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and 1 tsp salt (salt is optional).
5. Secure lid and lock clamps. Open vent holes.
6. Microwave on medium setting (50%) for 10 - 12 minutes (white rice) or 18-20 (brown rice).
7. Remove from microwave, close vent holes and let stand with the lid fastened for 4-5 minutes (the steam continues to cook the rice.)
8. Remove rice from the cooker and fluff with a fork.
Yields: 3 cups of cooked rice or 4 to 6 servings.
Cooking Potatoes and Vegetables:
1. Insert Basket.
2. Pour one cup of water plus 1/4 tsp. salt into the bottom of the cooker.
3. Peel vegetables (if desired), cut into evenly sized pieces and place inside basket.
4. Secure lid and lock clamps. Close vent holes.
5. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
6. Remove from microwave and let stand with lid fastened for 3-4 minutes (the steam continues to cook the vegetables.)
Cooking Pasta:
1. Remove basket and lid (lid not used initially for preparing pasta inside the microwave).
2. Pour 2 cups (5 oz.) of uncooked noodles into the bottom of the cooker.
3. Add 2 1/2 cups water.
4. Microwave on high setting 10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes.
5. Remove from microwave, stir noodles, secure lid and lock clamps. Close vent holes. Let stand for 3-4 minutes.

Sep 01, 2008 | Nordic Ware 64000 8-Cup Rice Cooker

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Replacement basket for Black & Decker HS800 Flavor Scenter Rice Steamer


I would not recommend replacing just the plasic basket, too expensive. Once the plastic parts begin to fail, the uint has seen better days (our basket was still ok, but the unit started to leak out the bottom and the timer would stop during the steaming).

Bought a replacment B&D Handy Steamer, oval shape allows longer food items to be steamed (approx 10"x8"), water res & can be filler while steaming. Price was $25 in local hardware (Jan 09). Not worth fixing the old one IMO.

Apr 14, 2008 | Black & Decker HS80 Rice Cooker

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