Claiming that you don’t have all the kitchen gadgets you need to cook is just an excuse. With the right attitude, you can make anything you want in the kitchen. While it might not come out perfectly without the right ingredients and tools, you can’t let an excuse stop you from trying to make something tasty. While steaming food is certainly not a challenging culinary skill, you might be hesitant to do it if you don’t have a steamer handy. Steaming food is a healthy option compared to deep frying. But if you’re not willing to invest in the gear to get the work done, don’t worry – there is a trick to steaming food with things you already have. Justin Chapple from Food & Wine wants to share a trick with aluminum foil that will get you steaming food in a matter of minutes.
Whether you’re craving steamed vegetables or something a bit fancier like steamed dumplings, Justin’s trick can help get you started.
You only need aluminum foil and a large deep skillet. The video below will show you exactly how this kitchen hack will change your culinary life for good.
Justin proves that you don’t have to give all your money to QVC for kitchen gadgets in order to be a master in the kitchen. Instead, just grab a few pieces of aluminum foil and ball them up. Then toss these into your skillet, spreading them apart from each other.
Now place a heatproof plate on the aluminum foil balls. It elevates it. Then pour water into the large skillet and turn on the burner.
This do-it yourself steamer keeps the food elevated and allows the hot steam to cook your food.
The “Mad Genius” tip was shared on YouTube where it went viral. More than three-hundred thousand people have watched it since it went live this past February. Here are some comments from people like you:
“Old School is using a brick as a barrier.”
“omg, ur brilliant! totally saved me in a bind! thanks for a great tip.”
“You are a brilliant person! We just cooked up half a dozen bao and they turned out perfect! Thank you so much. We used mugs instead of wads of foil which is an option for people who want to avoid using aluminum.”
“great idea, I am making dumplings using this method tonight.”
“Thank you, I needed that because I DON’T have a steamer.”
“this guy is awesome, love your personality! SUBSCRIBED!”
While most people loved the mad genius tip, one viewer was not a fan of the tip:
“Aluminum is very poison to human body,” the naysayer claimed.
What do you think about this DIY steamer tip? Would it help you get your food cooked just right if you didn’t have a steamer available? As a commenter mentioned, you don’t have to use aluminum foil. You just need to elevate the heat safe plate so the steam can cook the food.
Please SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS in the comments below now!