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Cooking glossary

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Steam

To cook food in the steam rising from boiling water, eg steam the vegetables for 5-10 minutes or until cooked.

Steamer

A device which produces steam to cook food. Steamed foods are cooked by a gentle, moist heat. There is a wide choice of steamers available from electric to hob-top models which consist of a base pan topped with two or three inserts that fit together and are topped with a close fitting lid.