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Microwave mini steamer

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This is a mini steamer for the microwave that I picked up at Daiso. It's sold as a steamer for meat buns, but it's just the right size for steaming small amounts of vegetables or dumplings for lunch -- speeds up cook time 50%. You put a tablespoon of water in the bottom, replace the steam tray on the bottom, put the veggies in, then cover (aligning the steam holes to allow venting). Nuke for 1-2 minutes and let it stand for a couple of minutes afterward to steam. It can also be used for storage if you twist the lid so that the steam release holes are not aligned. Blog entry here at Lunch in a Box.

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  1. mlouise007 97 months ago | reply

    Got one of these at Ichiban Kan in SF about 4 weeks ago and just started to use it when asparagus showed up in the markets. Asparagus is al dente in 50 seconds. I'm hooked! They has this same steamer and another square one, which was the one I bought. Thought it had slightly larger capacity but is still very compact. I'd never have gotten it if I hadn't seen you talking about it. Thanks.

  2. Biggie* 97 months ago | reply

    mlouise007> Hooray! Yes, my morning prep has definitely sped up since getting this -- very convenient. I'll have to pick up the long rectangular one next time I'm at IBK or Daiso.

  3. xHopelessRomanticx 81 months ago | reply

    so cool! I'll have to go to Daiso now! :)

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