Do you prefer to boil, steam or microwave your vegetables?

@marina321 (4561)
July 25, 2008 7:45pm CST
I have often found it easier and quicker to boil my vegetables. I microwave peas sometimes or sweetcorn. I would consider steaming my vegetables if I had a steamer so that's one on my list of appliances to buy as this is apparently the best way to cook your vegetables without losing most of the vitamins and nutrients they contain Do you prefer to boil, steam or microwave your vegetables? Is it for convenience's sake or your preferred method of cooking vegetables?
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I bought myself a microwavable veggie steamer for about $8 at Walmart, and use it almost daily. I recently bought an actual rice steamer that does veggies as well, but have only used it once. I will get more use out of it as soon as I figure out how it works, lol.
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@marina321 (4561)
26 Jul 08
A rice steamer that does veggies as well would be pretty handy! I will be on the look out for one
• United States
26 Jul 08
I'm pretty sure almost any rice steamer will do veggies as well.
• United States
26 Jul 08
You can just buy a round cake rack thats used for cooling cakes and put it into a large skillet and steam them that way or you can buy them probably for a little cheaper, a bamboo one, from your local asian grocery store. They can usually be found at your Co-op (Natural Food Store). Me I use a heavy skillet and just put a real small amount of water at the bottom and steam them til their slightly crunchy and then sautee them in olive oil or sesame, you can try that.
@gemini_rose (16193)
26 Jul 08
I like to microwave vegetables, they come out lovely and crunchy when I do them this way and it is really quick and simple. I have a steamer but never use it!
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• United States
26 Jul 08
I microwave steam them. I put a bit of water in the bottom of the bowl and cook them until things are they're still a bit crunchy. I don't like to boil them, and I get the same results, but faster, in the microwave that I do in my steamer.
• United States
26 Jul 08
I will useally either boil or microwave my vegetables when cooking them. I am not a picky person as long as they come out good and hot that's all I care about. I try to watch the timeing I put them in for when doing it this way for if you over cook them then they can taste rather gross. I love my veggies and will try to cook them with every meal.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
It depends on what vegetable I am preparing. Corn on the cob, zucchini, green beans, broccoli I usually steam. I like them a little crisp not soggy. For asparagus I like to broil it or fry it quickly in a skillet with olive oil and spices. I also like to grill veges on a rack in our bbq. I never boil vegetables... and I only nuke my veges if I am in a real pinch for time.
@momalisa65 (1973)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I don't always have time to do it this way, but.... Steaming is the healthiest way to cook your veggies. Boiling them would be second. Microwaving them is quick, but not as healthy. Most of the time I boil mine. I never feel like messing with getting the steamer out, since I have very little counter space, I have to put it away in the cabinet.
• United States
26 Jul 08
I have that problem as well. So I use the top of my chest freezer and the top of my washer as added counter space. I end up having to shuffle things back and forth as I need to get to the freezer or washer, lol.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
I prefer to boil but steaming is also good. Boiling is easier and quicker than steaming.
@meemaw (67)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I like to boil my veg. on the stove they taste better then the microwave,my family likes them with a little salt and pepper and butter cooked with them.
@Rosekitty (19443)
• San Marcos, Texas
26 Jul 08
I prefer my veggies raw but if they are cooked i rather have them steamed to keep the nutrients in..much healthier that way like you said..on my list too..a steamer!
• United States
26 Jul 08
I either steam them or boil them. Lol, I like to eat them when there real hot, and it burns my throat all the way down, but it oddly feels good in my stomach, lol.
@mandykaren (2040)
26 Jul 08
i do all 3 lool if its tinned vegetable like sweetcorn i will microwave.. frozen or fresh i will steam.. if i having 2 different types of vegetales or combination of frozen and fresh i will steam one in top of steamer and other vegetable go in base and boiled so saves on gas and washing up BUT really, i think vegetables are better if steamed
@Hatley (164671)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Jul 08
marina 321 its just as easy to microwave and you save time and vitamines when you nuke veggies for just three minutes. now corn on the cob has tobe boiled on the stove' but it should be timed so you do not overcook it, too. I liketo steam greens like spinach and other greens.
• India
26 Jul 08
Hello marina, hope you are doing well. Actually we deep fry in oil mm.. its like boiling and microwave vegetables as well. Everything is my mother in laws yet, its her kitchen. Take care and blessings and have a great weekend
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
26 Jul 08
For the last several months I've been buying my veggies in frozen packs that you pop right into the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes. Perfectly done, no pans to wash. They make so many varieties too. Its quick and easy for me.
@yenwie84 (1345)
• Malaysia
26 Jul 08
Sometimes I boil the vegetables by putting a pinch of salt into the water and boil it to make the vegetables have taste a bit. But most of the time,I will fry the vegetables with oil and garlics. I think this is Asian cooking style. Normally,I will fry garlics first then I will put in the vegetables,sometimes I will mix the vegetables with some oyster sauce too.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I steam mine in a nifty little (cheap!) steamer I got from Pampered Chef. It's really nice and works very well. Yesterday for instance I sliced up italian squash and drizzled olive oil over it, added smoked sea salt, garlic, and pepper, and put it in the microwave for about 6 minutes. It comes out excellent every time! I also do asparagus, broccoli, carrots, brussel sprouts, and beans this way. It cooks fast, is virtually no maintenance since you don't have to stand there, watch it, stir it, or worry about it burning, and since you don't really have to add any water, you don't lose any nutrition during the cooking process. I used to use the cooking bags for steaming in the microwave, but since they are pretty much single use, they are a waste if you have to use two or three to cook enough vegetables. My steamer is pretty large, I can slice up four squash or do over a lb of broccoli. I would say my method is both preferred and convenience.
@Reyah23 (641)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
We dont have microwave. So i prefered to steam the vegetables. As you said its more healthier to steam the vegetables.
@ambkeb (782)
• United States
26 Jul 08
For me it really depends on what I'm making. My kids really like sweet carrots. So i just take some baby carrots, on top of the stove with some butter and brown sugar. That is probably one of the kids' favorites. When I make brocoli or cauliflower, I usually just take a tiny bit of water in the bottom of the pan and put a lid over the top and let em cook. With stuff in a can I sometimes put them in the microwave, very rarely though, Most of the time just throw them in a pan and cook them that way. I also like roasted veggies...in the oven. Carrots, potatos...that stuff. And grilled is really good to. Corn on the cob...mmmm We eat a lot of veggies here HAHA
@NettyB (336)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I use my microwave to cook most veggies because it is fast and easy. I have a couple of veggies/steamer/cooker pots from Pampered Chef that seem to work good. I do not think steamers are very expensive at all are they? My daughter has a rice cooker that we found out also steams veggies. It was around $20-$25 if I remember right, got it at Target.