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 Post subject: A Good Steamer to Buy?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:17 am 
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Hello all! I'm new to the PPK forum.

I've been thinking about making my own seitan (never have before, I'm not much of a cook so I'm usually a beans and rice girl). Do you guys actually BUY a steamer, like an electronic contraption, or do you just use one of those insertable baskets that goes in a pot?

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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:25 am 
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I have an electric steamer that I use to steam seitan. It was a present. BUT, that's the only thing I use it for. I steam vegetables and other things on the stove. So it's very much a unitasker. I appreciate it, because I don't have to worry about running out of water part way through, but it's really not a necessity. A steamer pot insert is much more useful.

If you have a pressure cooker, they often come with steamer inserts.


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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:26 am 
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I use a silicone microwave steamer or an insert to use on a pot on the stove.

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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:31 am 
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Thanks for your insight! I think I'll just grab a steamer basket instead...I already own way too many cooking contraptions and I have a teeny tiny kitchen.


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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:08 pm 
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You can also bake seitan in the oven, in covered pan with some broth. The texture will be slightly more firm, but that's not a bad thing.

I have a big steamer pot like the one in the picture below that I got from a Chinese store. I use it for seitan, veggies and steamed breads. I like that it's huge, so I can make double or triple batches.

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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
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Ikea has affordable steamer inserts that you can stack on top of a regular 4-5 quart pot. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30152346/

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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
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THIS FORUM IS SO HELPFUL! I feel like I finally made vegan friends! Albeit online but ya know I'll take it.


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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:20 pm 
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redhairrising wrote:
THIS FORUM IS SO HELPFUL! I feel like I finally made vegan friends! Albeit online but ya know I'll take it.


i have nothing to contribute about the steamer, but i agree about your comment! so nice find vegans, even if everyone is online.

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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:28 pm 
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I use an electric steamer. It's great! It has a min/max water level and a timer. I love it.


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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:36 pm 
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I have a cheapo steamer basket (for using in a pot) and a rice cooker that came with a steamer basket insert. Both work to steam stuff. I don't think you need a special steaming device to get good results, the inserts work great. Just keep an eye on the water level whilst you steam. :)


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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
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I just use the cheapo steamer fold out thingy. You can layer seitan sausages on top of each other and it works out just fine. or, if I'm making a recipe and the seitan loaf is too big for my pot, i just make it into two loaves.

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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
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I have way too many steamers and I use the bamboo one the most
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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
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In a pinch, pretty much anything that's heat safe and holds your seitan out of the water can be used.


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 Post subject: Re: A Good Steamer to Buy?
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I have a steamer pot, and it's great for tamales too. Actually, it was called a tamale steamer when I bought it

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