Bamboo Steamer

Think of it as nature’s microwave: the bamboo steamer is a simple and extremely useful tool to have in your kitchen.

Sure, dumplings, tamales, and rice are the go-tos for this modest cooker, but ** fish**, chicken, and ** vegetables** also do quite well.

The steamer fits in the base of your wok or pot and, with the aid of boiling water, can prepare those dishes and others while retaining much of the food’s original vitamins and minerals. For best results, line the bottom of the steamer with lettuce, banana leaves, or parchment paper.