Steamer substitute

I am in a rental and need to steam some vegetables, but no steamer basket. Any ideas?

Robin O'D


LeBec F. April 3, 2012
sugar snap peas would def not take 5-7 minutes; they'd be done in 30-60 seconds. Broccoli takes 3+ minutes once the steam is rolling. Another sub for a steamer is a disposable aluminum pie plate or other> poke holes all over with a skewer or knife tip. Set in a pot on a water filled can or other 'riser' (like a cake rack) with 2 " of boiling water in the bottom and a lid.
Queen M. April 3, 2012
You can get a steaming effect by using a small amount of water (about 1/4" deep) and a pot with a lid. Bring the water to a boil; put in the veggies; cover and turn heat to low. Check after 5-7 minutes. This works well for tender-crisp vegetables.

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vickyness April 2, 2012
If you have a microwave, steam them in a bowl, with a bit of water, covered with saran wrap or a damp paper towel.
ChefOno April 2, 2012
Or just boil them.
mbergner April 2, 2012
What are you steaming? You may be able to make some foil balls to keep the food up out of the water and/or use a heat proof bowl to hold the food.
Robin O. April 2, 2012
Broccoli and sugar snap peas, the foil may work.
Maedl April 2, 2012
Find a colander that fits a pan with a lid.
Robin O. April 2, 2012
There is a colander here but it is plastic.
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