How do I steam brocolli?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Vegetables are steamed by boiling water and cooking the vegetables in the steam generated from the boiling water. It is important to make sure that the water you use is free of pollutants. If you have unhealthy water to begin with, the pollutants will concentrate as the water is boiled away and can get into your vegetables. If you are unsure about your tap water, use purified or bottled water when steaming vegetables.

    Water is not the only liquid that can be used when steaming. Many people like adding some lemon juice, wine, soy sauce, or other liquids to the water to add flavor to the vegetables. I often times throw in a fresh sprig of thyme, rosemary, or other herb. A slice of onion or garlic also adds a mellow flavor to the dish.

    What Equipment is Necessary for Steaming

    There are several ways to steam vegetables. The easiest way is to purchase an electric steamer. A second option is to buy a metal steamer pot. A steamer pot has a colander that is slightly smaller than the pot itself that fits into the pot and leaves a few inches of clearance at the bottom for the water. A third option is to fashion your own steamer. Place a large pot on the stove and add an inch or two of water. Place a small footed sieve or colander in the pot so that the vegetables are not touching the water. If you do not have a footed colander, use one with a handle that can be attached (or even held if need be) at the top of the pot. Make sure that the water almost reaches the very bottom of the colander. The important thing is that the water does not actually touch the vegetables, but it is close enough for the steam to cook the vegetables.

    What Can You Steam

    Once you have determined how you are going to steam your vegetables, decide what vegetables to steam. Almost any vegetable or vegetable mixture can be steamed. Depending on the type of steamer and size of vegetable, steaming times can vary greatly. When you are steaming mixtures of vegetables, make sure to cut the vegetables into small pieces if it requires longer cooking times. Add potatoes, carrots, and other firm vegetables to the mixture first so they can cook a little before adding tender vegetables like green beans. Add greens like spinach last as they take just a short time to cook.

    How Long to Steam Vegetables

    There are several easy ways to tell when a vegetable is cooked. If it is a green vegetable, look for a vibrant color change. When the color intensifies the vegetable is done. It will still be quite crispy, but is tender enough to eat. This should take at the most about three minutes. In the case of leafy greens like spinach it can take only a minute. For non leafy green vegetables like broccoli and green beans, it can take as long as 8-10 minutes depending on the size of the vegetables and how tender you like the vegetables.

    Obviously the way that you prepare the vegetables greatly effects their cooking times. Whole carrots can take over 30 minutes to steam, while thinly sliced carrots can take only a few minutes. The best way to determine steaming times is to practice with your steamer and record the times. All best.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Boil water first, add a pinch of salt, place brocolli in pan, cover, steam until the brocolli turns bright green.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The proper way to steam vegetables is with a steamer insert in a pot of boiling water, which ensures that the vegetable are not immersed in the boiling water.

    There are lots of pots that come with a separate steamer insert, or there are stainless inserts that can be placed in a regular pot to do the trick.

    How long you steam them for depends on how you like your vegetables, for a pound of vegetables that are still firm but done takes 5 to 10 minutes depending how big the pot is (I use a 4 qt. pot and my veges usually take about 5 or 6 minutes to be done the way I like them.

    You can also steam them in the microwave or in regular pot, by only using a small amount of water and a cover. This is similar to the instructions that are printed on the bags of frozen vegetables.

    Lastly, a majority of rice cookers (steamers) have a vegetable insert so you can steam vegetables.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    First, if you have one of those pots with the holes in the bottom ( a double boiler) use that, find the one that it fits in and add 1 cup of chicken broth... and a tablespoon of oil ( I like to use sesame oil, it gives the veggies a great flavor with the chicken broth ) that prevents the broccoli from wilting as it steams. let the broth and oil come to a rolling boil and then place the steaming pot on top. turn the heat to medium for about 7-10 min broccoli will be crisp and tender at about 8 to 9 min. soft at 10 to 15. Salt(sea) and pepper(fresh ground) to taste and enjoy!

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  • 1 decade ago

    put your brocc in a sauce pan with about an inch of water cover and cook over medium heat until brocc is done

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  • 1 decade ago

    get you a steamer and steam them. if you want something really good, get you one of those alum. foil bags they sell at the store. put in you broccoli and some butter and grill it. it sounds nasty, but it is very very delicious. if you want, what i do is mix cauliflower with it. it also very good.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    put em in a pot with half an inch of water and cover- low heat for ten min

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  • 1 decade ago

    good luck getting the wrinkles out of broccoli... I however have never tried this... but Im sure it will be a difficult task!

    Source(s): ;) thought Id give you some flavor for an answer! have a good day!
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  • 1 decade ago

    1/2 cup of water, teaspoon of margarine, pinch of salt

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i like to use a double broiler

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