Rival Steamer Directions
If you're trying to eat healthier, cooking your own food is a logical step to knowing exactly what's in the meals that you eat. Steaming is a popular way to prepare healthy meals without any added fat, but steaming food can be a complicated process if you use old-fashioned bamboo steamers. The Rival steamer is an automated appliance that takes all the guessing out of timing a steamed meal, and can be used as a rice cooker when you're not cooking a full meal.
Pour the correct amount of water into the reservoir at the bottom of the Rival steamer. The recipe book will let you know how much water is needed for each type of food, from 1 1/4 cups for 1 lb. of broccoli to 1/2 cup for 1 lb. of fish fillets. Generally, the more water that is used, the longer the steamer will work, so foods that steam quicker will need less water.
Place fish, vegetables or other foods to be steamed into the steamer basket. Only cook foods together that require the same amount of time to cook.
Place the cover on the Rival steamer, making sure that the edges are snug and the cover is on securely.
Plug in the steamer to start the heating and steaming process. The indicator light will glow while the steamer is working. The light will go out when your food is done. Unplug the steamer when the light goes out to prevent the steamer from overheating.
Place the specified amount of water into the reservoir at the bottom of the steamer. Different amounts of rice require different amounts of steaming water, like 1 1/2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice or 2 1/2 cups of water for 3 cups of rice.
Place water and rice into the rice bowl according to the recipe included with your steamer. For regular long grain rice, use 1 cup of water to 1 cup of rice. Adjust the amount of water for brown rice or converted rice as needed according to the Rival booklet.
Place the cover on the steamer securely, making sure that the edges are seated correctly. Plug in the Rival steamer. The light will go on, indicating that the machine is working. The light will go out when the steaming has finished. Unplug the steamer when the light has gone out.
- Only use clean water in the bottom reservoir for steaming. Adding other ingredients can cause a burnt residue on your steaming heater.
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