If you consider yourself a junior chef or a beginner in the kitchen, this Intro to Steam Oven Cooking is your new best friend. Let’s start with the basics:
What is Steam Cooking?
Steam cooking – as the name implies – uses steam to cook your food instead of just heat. Depending on the type of appliance you go for, there may be a dedicated reserve where you put water to generate steam and some other appliances connect directly into the wall for its supply of water to produce steam.
Why should I consider steam cooking?
Steam cooking is one of the healthiest cooking methods; it’s a good alternative to baking and frying. When food is steamed, the food doesn’t lose its vitamins and minerals as the food isn’t immersed in water. When the food is immersed in water, the vitamins and minerals leach out of the food; thus, it loses its nutrients.
The humidity that the steam creates, keeps your food juicy and tasty and that’s also true for reheating; steam lets you reheat your food without losing its moisture and texture.
Steam also takes less time to cook through your food, especially if you’re cooking large quantities. A 14lb turkey cooks in approximately 90 minutes.
Steam cooking makes it easier to cook with low fat. When meat is steamed, fat separates from the meat and drips into the baking pan.
Steam cooking also retains the food’s natural colours, so not only will the food taste good, it will also look great.
What types of food can I steam cook?
Anything and everything, basically. This includes vegetables, meat, fish, rice, pasta, bread, dumplings, desserts, puddings, soufflés and everything in between.
What else do I need to know?
Steam cooking can be achieved in so many more fun ways now than in the past. A few companies make a combination steam oven that steams and cooks simultaneously. Some ovens will steam, bake and convect all with a touch of a button. The new steam ovens are becoming so popular and are even replacing microwaves. After using the steam oven the unit basically steams itself clean. When using the reheat option with steam your leftovers taste like they were just made fresh. A cheesecake baked and infused with steam looks like glass on top, no water bath needed.
If you would like to see Trail Appliances’ combination steam oven in action, book a cooking class with our Culinary Coordinator, Sara Brodsky. You will enjoy a yummy meal and learn all about the joys of steam cooking. The next steam class is brisket roast made in the Miele combination steam oven on November 22.