Instructions for a Stove Top Rice/Vegetable Steamer

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Rice and vegetable steamers cook with hot water vapour to leave foods tender and moist. Hob steamers usually consist of a pot, lid and strainer insert or basket. The basket holds the raw foods above the boiling water and directly in the path of the rising steam. Hob rice and vegetable steamers can be used on both gas and electric ranges. Cook dry rice and raw vegetables to perfection with a hob steamer.

Lower the basket insert into the steamer pot. Add clean water to the pot until the level is just below the perforated insert.

Cover the pot with the lid. Bring the water to a boil over a burner set to medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low.

Fill the strainer basket half full of either rice or vegetables. Rice and vegetables generally cook at different rates and are not combined in the steamer. Cover the pot with the lid.

Check on the food in the steamer after five minutes. Press the tines of a fork into the vegetables to see if they are cooked to your satisfaction. Fluff the rice with a fork to encourage even hydration.

Cover the pot with the lid to continue steaming. Check the tenderness of the vegetables every two minutes until the basket can be removed. Fluff and taste test the rice every five minutes until it has the consistency you desire.

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