Lessons > Steaming | Basics

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Lesson Overview

While steaming is an ancient form of quick and healthy cooking, it is often a neglected cooking technique in the home and professional kitchen. Steaming tends to be associated with bland, institutional food, but it need not be. As long as the ingredients used are fresh, tasty and satisfying food can be made with very little effort. Though the concept of steaming may seem rather simple, some key steps are essential for the best results. Regardless of the equipment, the basic technique of steaming is always the same.

In this lesson, we will show you the basics for steaming – from preparing ingredients and assembling them in the steaming vessel to controlling temperature. Whether you choose to steam vegetables, poultry, meat, fish or even dumplings and buns, by following just a few basics, you can easily add steaming to your cooking repertoire.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • define steaming
  • identify a variety of equipment for steaming
  • list the advantages of steaming
  • properly prepare ingredients for steaming
  • infuse food with hints of flavor
  • prepare, season and flavor cooking liquid for steaming
  • prepare the steaming basket with food
  • steam food and control the temperature during cooking
  • safely remove steamed foods from the steaming basket
  • reheat and finish foods using steam

Course Syllabus

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1. Introduction: Steaming Basics 3 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. What is Steaming? 4 mins
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4. Steaming Equipment 20 mins
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5. Preparing Ingredients for Steaming 2 mins
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6. The Steaming Liquid 2 mins
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7. Preparing to Cook Using Steam 4 mins
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8. Steaming Food 3 mins
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9. Image Select Activity 2 mins
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10. Removing Steamed Food 1 min
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11. Practice Steaming Activity 30 mins
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12. Reheating Foods with Steam 1 min
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13. Practice Activities & Recipes 30 mins
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14. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 1 hr 59 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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