They now make helpful gadgets for anything you can dream up in the kitchen. Whether you want to chop, puree, stir, mix, whip or chunk there’s a machine for that! Some of these things take up quite a bit of room on your counter tops and others just get lost in the cupboards. Because of that you probably even have handy kitchen implements you didn’t even know you had! For instance, if you’re wanting to steam some veggies in a hurry, and you think you don’t have a vegetable steamer, go look again. It’s down there in the cupboard, way in the back, and you haven’t used it in years. Keep looking, it really is there; you’ll recognize it as an ordinary pie pan!
There’s no need to go buy an expensive vegetable steamer when you already own a pie pan. It makes a very useful vegetable steamer and the clean-up is a breeze! When finished steaming the foods all you have to do is wash out the pie pan!
The type of pie pan you use as the steamer must be one that has small holes in the bottom. These are usually the types of pans you get when you purchase frozen pies. If you don’t have a pie pan that already has holes use a large pin or small nail to make holes in a regular pie pan.
Use a pan of water as the source for the steam. The pan should be about as large around as the bottom of the pie pan. It’s important that the pie pan can sit well on the pan of water. Bring the water to a boil then position the pie pan on top. Allow the steam to heat the vegetables while turning them over occasionally.
With the pie pan steamer you can do more than steam vegetables. Use it to warm up a sandwich, melt cheese on a sandwich, warm up leftovers, heat bread and warm similar things. Do not, however, melt cheese or any sauce in the pie pan with holes. Sauce or cheese will drip through the holes and you’ll waste most of it. For heating sauces or melting cheese simply use a pie pan without holes.
Sure, there are some things we can’t do without in the kitchen, like a toaster or a blender. But, when it comes to steaming vegetables, you don’t need a special steamer; you already have one!