How do you get that bamboo scent out of a bamboo steamer?

Discussion in 'Cooking Equipment Reviews' started by live_to_cook, Jul 28, 2002.

  1. live_to_cook

    live_to_cook

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    Weird question, I know, but my wife asked if I could make siu mai that didn't have bamboo flavoring from the steamer. My steamer is about two years old, I've used it 10-15 times. The bamboo scent it leaves behind isn't obnoxious to me. Others might even like it. But I'm trying to make my main customer happy.

    That bamboo scent hasn't been on any dim sum I've had at dim sum parlors. Maybe my steamer is still "new"? What do you have to do, boil the thing for a while?
     
  2. cape chef

    cape chef

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    You answered your question a little.

    If you soak your steamer in vinegar,salt and hot water for an hour,then boil it for 15 minutes this will do the trick
    Happy steaming
     
  3. jock

    jock

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    I gave up using my steamer for that very reason. Then somebody used it over a pan that was a bit too small and singed the edge. Now everything tastes of burned bamboo. I think I'll get a new one and "season" it properly. Thanks CC and thanks Live_to_cook for asking.

    Jock