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How to steam vegetables with stasher

How to steam vegetables with stasher

Steaming is one of the healthiest ways to prepare vegetables. You don’t need any oil or additional fat when you cook vegetables by steaming. The water vapors gently cook the vegetables, preserving most of the nutrients within the food. Even better, when you steam vegetables with stasher, more of those nutrients and flavors are retained than if you were to steam them by traditional methods. 

You don’t need any fancy equipment for steaming vegetables, so this is a great option if you don't have a steamer basket. All you need are your stasher bags! Simply chop your vegetables to a desired size, seal them inside a stasher and place the bag in a pot of boiling water. Cover the pot with a lid and let the vegetables steam away. That’s it! stasher can also be used to cook raw or frozen veggies by sous vide

Because vegetables have different cooking times, you may need to cook them in different bags. For example, bell peppers soften much faster than carrots, so steam them separately. If you are steaming vegetables with similar cooking times, such as broccoli and cauliflower, you can steam them together.

Depending on the size of your pot, you can cook several bags of vegetables at a time. Just pull them out at the appropriate cooking time.

Another thing you want to make sure to do is to cover your pot while you steam the vegetables. This helps keep the water vapors inside the pot, which will help the vegetables cook faster and more evenly.

Here’s a more detailed guide on how to steam vegetables with stasher.

Fill a stock pot with about 6 to 7 cups of water and bring it to boil.

Carrots

steam vegetable with stasher

Peel 2 large carrots and trim off the ends. Chop the carrots into 3 sections and chop each section into carrot sticks. Transfer carrots into a stasher. Press out any air bubbles inside the bag and seal it. Carefully place the bag in the pot of boiling water and cook for about 15 to 17 minutes.

Bell Peppers

Remove the stem and seeds from a large bell pepper. Slice the pepper into 1/2 inch strips. Transfer the sliced peppers into a stasher. Press out any air bubbles inside the bag and seal it. Carefully place the bag in the pot of boiling water and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes.

Green Beans

steam vegetables with stasher

Snap off the end of the green beans with the stem. Transfer the green beans into a stasher. Press out any air bubbles inside the bag and seal it. Carefully place the bag in the pot of boiling water and cook for about 12 to 14 minutes.

Broccoli

Slice a broccoli crown into florets. If the florets are quite large, slice them in half. Transfer the broccoli into a stasher. Press out any air bubbles inside the bag and seal it. Carefully place the bag in the pot of boiling water and cook for about 13 to 15 minutes.

Use tongs to remove the bags from the pot of boiling water. Open up the stasher bags with oven mitts or tea towels. Remove the vegetables from the bag with tongs and serve!

Steamed veggies make an excellent snack or side dish for a quick and healthy meal. They also make nutritious baby food! Once your vegetables have steamed and cooled, simply smoosh them up right inside the bag and spoon out softened food for your little one at home or on-the-go.

What are your favorite vegetables to steam? 

This post was written for stasher by our friend Lisa Lin, editor of Health Nibbles + Bits. Connect with Lisa on Instagram