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Time to get steamy

Blog post   •   Jan 20, 2016 13:06 GMT

That time has come. Leftovers are gone, the alcohol has run out and you’re left feeling overfed and lazy. But it doesn’t have to be this way any longer - that’s where steam cooking comes in.

Steam has its uses, from a nice hot shower to a cleansing facial steam, but it’s now time to introduce steam to your kitchen. It’s time to experience a fresh way of cooking.

The use of steam as a cooking method dates back to ancient China, where food was steamed in reed or bamboo baskets. Steam remains a large part of Chinese cuisine and some of their most iconic meals are still cooked this way.

Many people don’t realise the benefits of cooking using steam. Compared to boiled or fried foods, the colour, shape and taste are enhanced, and because you are not using oil, the food will be even healthier!

Now for the nitty gritty details.. nutrients. The biggest casualties of boiling foods are vitamin C, vitamin B1 and mineral salts that readily dissolve in water, all of which are lost when you throw your vegetable water down the plughole.

For those of you who batch cook your meals, steam can also be used to reheat your food without the quality of your food being affected, so it's efficient too.

However, it’s handy to understand the difference between steam cooking and pressure cooking. The differentiating factor is that boiling water never comes into contact with the food in steam cooking, whereas in ordinary pressure cooking the food is immersed in water.(

We’ve all been there. Chucked a load of veggies in hot water and ten minutes later, you’ve had your vegetable fix for the day, as if eating vegetables is a chore.Well why not make it something to look forward to? A new year,a new way of cooking. 

In fact, the Panasonic CS-894 is such a fantastic machine that it could entirely replace your conventional oven. Popular with food bloggers, such as London-Unattached and A Glug of Oil, the CS-894 is so versatile with its range of features, including grill, bake and steam. Even better, it even cleans itself. What more could you ask for? There are fantastic tutorial video's available from chef, Jun Tanaka, including this mouth-watering Marinated Chicken with Tender Stem Broccoli recipe!