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COOKING: Why not steam those vegetables. Clean, dry and delicious.

Updated on March 1, 2016

Cooking Your Vegetables Another Way

As we all know it is much better to buy our vegetables as fresh as possible. The flavour is always much better and if you can buy locally grown freshly lifted produce so much the better. Always store your vegetables in a cool dry place this will enhance the time they remain fresh.

Why steam instead of boiling. Your veg will retain it's goodness and flavour by steaming and not boiling away the quality and flavour. Obviously steaming times are important and below I offer a few steaming times for the most popular vegetables.

NEW POTATOES - 12 MINUTES.

PEAS - 3 MINUTES.

GREEN BEANS - 8 MINUTES.

BRUSSEL SPROUTS - 10 MINUTES.

CAULIFLOWER - 8 MINUTES.

CARROTTS - 10 MINUTES.

CABBAGE - 10 MINUTES.

BROCCOLI - 8 MINUTES.

SPINACH - 2 MINUTES.

Other vegetables can be steamed of course and the purchase of a cook book will inform you of what they are and the relevant times. You will of course have to purchase a set of steaming pans but they are not expensive and so well worth your effort. If you decide to boil your veg in the usual way, it's well worth remembering to keep the water and use it in stews and soups. It will be an excellent base for stock and contains vitamins and minerals boiled from your veg.

Kitchen Tips.


Store your vegetables in paper bags. If you have to use polythene bags be sure to make holes in them the air can then circulate and they will stay fresher that bit longer.

To rid your fingers of the smell of Garlic, rub them with Ginger or dip them in Lemon water.

Never store Potatoes and Onions together, both give off gases which cause damage to the other.

When storing potatoes a few apples in the bag will stop them from sprouting.

That's it for now so be careful in the kitchen and I hope that you have found this hub of some value.

© 2016 Graham Lee

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great advice, Graham! Bev and I actually do this, I'm proud to say, and everything you mentioned is true.

      Have a great weekend, my friend.

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      Graham Lee 15 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Always good to receive your comments. I think we have both taken our foot off the pedal recently but I hope to be more active shortly. I'm watching your other platforms, keep smilin'

      Graham.

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      David Hunt 15 months ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Great tips, Graham. I'm going to try storing apples with potatoes (I suspect the grocery stores are selling older potatoes, because it seems they sprout much quicker than they used too). If it works, that one tip will pay in spades. And, I can't resist, I know some couples who should be named Potatoes and Onions.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I didn't know about storing apples and potatoes together, thanks for the tip. I buy vegies that are packaged to steam, they are more expensive. I will try steaming your way. Thank you.

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      Graham Lee 15 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi David. Glad to see it might be of help. Always nice to see you, I must get back to your subject very soon. Thanks for your visit.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 15 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ruby. Thank you for your welcome visit. I'm glad you have found the hub interesting. I hope you reap a benefit when you try this method. Thanks again.

      Graham.

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Graham,

      Oh, I love steamed vegetables! We steam ours too. I found your tips very helpful and did not have a clue about the bags, and potatoes and onions together, but will be sure to remember the apples.

      Helpful hub.

      Blessings

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      truthfornow 15 months ago from New Orleans, LA

      I hadn't heard about storing apples with potatoes. That is a great tip, and I will have to give it a try. Interesting about the paper bags as well.

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      Graham Lee 15 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Faith. Thank you for your welcome visit and interesting comments. The apples and potato storage seems to be a popular tip. I hope you find it a great success.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 15 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Marie. Thank you for your visit and comments. I do hope you find the apples and potato tip a success. It does seem to very popular. Thank you again for your visit.

      Graham.

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      peachy 15 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      i usually steam meats, chicken and boil soup with veggies, rarely steam veggies

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      Graham Lee 15 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi peachpurple. Thank you for your welcome visit and comments. I have returned to your great site today. I will be commenting on your great culinary hubs.

      Graham.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for underscoring the value of steaming, and even more so for the kitchen tips. Very helpful.

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      Graham Lee 14 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi MsDora. Thank you for your valued visit and welcome comments.

      Graham.

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      Anne 13 months ago from Spain

      Hi Graham.

      I love my veggies but rarely steam them, though my daughter does that all the time in her special electric steamer. I have to laugh as she always refers to it as her George Foreman steamer, never just a steamer, and she has a bird feeding station that sticks onto the window which she tells me is her Alan Titchmarsh bird feeder, never just the feeder which goes on the window pane. Anyway her veggies are always delicious and cooked to perfection.

      Hope you and the missis are keeping well. I´m still in Spain but the housing market is moving now so hope to find that elusive buyer this year.

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      Graham Lee 13 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Annie. Thanks for your visit and comments. Great to hear from you, I'm glad things are moving a bit over there. I know you have heard it before but at least you have the weather. I know it's not enough when you are wanting a change. Keep smilin'

      Graham.

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      Glenn Stok 12 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Thanks for the tip Graham. I had always boiled my vegetables but I never thought about the fact that I'm draining off all the flavor and nutrients. So from now on I'm going to steam them as you suggested.

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      Graham Lee 12 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Glenn. Thank you for your valued visit and comments. I'm glad you found the hub of value. I do hope you are pleased with your results.

      Graham.

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      Audrey Howitt 11 months ago from California

      I love veggies--all kinds of them--and though I don't often steam them, I probably should--and just avoid the olive oil altogether

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      Graham Lee 11 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Audrey. Thank you for your valued visit and comments. Steaming does make them tasty.

      Graham.

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      Norma Lawrence 10 months ago from California

      Thanks for the share. It was very helpful. Steamed vegetables are so much better.

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      Graham Lee 10 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Norma. Thank you for your valued visit and welcome comments.

      Graham.

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      Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great Graham and I have a steamer! I'd say it is time to dig it out and start using it. Thank you for the inspiration.

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      Graham Lee 9 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jackie. Thank you for your welcome visit and valued comments. Yes, it really makes for an improvement in flavour and well being.

      Graham.

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      Marisa Wright 9 months ago from Sydney

      There is a simpler way to steam. Just use an ordinary pan, and put about an inch of water in the bottom. Bring it to the boil, put in your vegetables and turn it down to a simmer. While the very bottom of the vegetables is sitting in a little water, most of them are cooking in steam.

      You do need to be sure not to have the heat too high, or you will boil off the water and burn your veggies! But after a couple of tries you get used to judging it. And it saves juggling fancy steamers.

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      Graham Lee 9 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Marisa. Thank you for your visit and comments. Constructive comments are a help to all of us, every little helps as they say.

      Graham.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks so much for your kitchen tips. Very useful information. It was all new to me. Love my veggies steamed or raw. Love this hub and will do plenty of sharing as well as pinning to my pinterest board on healthy eating.

      Good health to you!

      Audrey

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      peachy 8 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      I try to use steam or boil methods for my veggies

      got sick and tired of stir fries

      Steaming is good, healthy and oiless

      Best for old folks with weak digestions

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      Graham Lee 8 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Audrey. Thank you for your visit and welcome comments. Thank you also for your postings I do appreciate it. Keep smilin'

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 8 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Peachy. Thank you for your valued visit and most welcome comments. Graham.

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