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How to Steam Food WITHOUT A Steamer


How often do you steam food? If you're like me, the answer is probably never. The oven, stove, and beloved microwave are always at our disposal when we need them. Steam cooking, on the other hand, is not as common despite being one of the healthiest cooking methods. Surprisingly, it's also one of the easiest - even if you don't have a steamer. Read more to find out how!

No Steamer? No Problem!

Steam cooking allows the nutrients in food to remain virtually intact, as well as their taste, consistency and color. It doesn't call for oil or butter to cook the food, making it great for dieting. If you don't have a steamer basket at home, don't worry! There's a secret tool that will solve all your problems... And you probably already have it in your kitchen right now.

That's right: aluminum foil.

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  • 2 large water or soda bottles (empty)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Ready 2 large plastic bottles, cleaned and dried.
  3. Add 1 cup of flour to each bottle.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to each.
  5. Melt butter, then add equal halves to each bottle.
  6. Add 6 eggs, 3 in each.
  7. Add 1/2 tbsp of baking powder to each.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream to each.
  9. Shake the bottles thoroughly until the contents are well mixed.
  10. In one of the bottles only, add the cocoa powder.
  11. Beginning with the cocoa powder mixture, add a dolop of batter to the center of a circular
  12. baking tin. Do the same with the other mixture, placing the dolop directly in the center of the previous one.
  13. Continue with alternating additions of each mixture until all batter is used and the tin is full.
  14. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Serve and enjoy!

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