Awhile back some friends came and visited us. They balked at the fact that I was using a plastic steamer contraption; educating me that foods should not be cooked in plastic. When plastic gets warmed/heated up, particles of the plastic enter the food. Oh-geez. So ever since then I stopped using my handy-dandy plastic steamer. I loved that thing! Loved that I could just throw my veggies in there, fill it up with water, and turn the dial. It would automatically turn off and “ding” when the veggies were ready. Loved that thing!
Well, now that I’ve returned to my old-school style of metal steamer basket in a pan…..yeah…..I’ve destroyed 3 pans. Yup. Last night was count #3. I had filled it with a bit of water, filled the steamer basket with broccoli and off I went to the dining room to continue working with Jacob on his homeschool stuff. I was oblivious to the fact that all the water steamed off and the bottom of the pan was turning into bubbly black nothingness. Didn’t realize it, yeah, for hmmmm………I don’t know, maybe 20 minutes. Or maybe it was 30 min. Or maybe 40. I seriously don’t know. I lost track of time. All of a sudden I smelled this D-I-S-G-U-S-T-I-N-G smell in the air. Ohhhhhhh no! I ran for the stove. Yup, there was my obliterated pan, with its bottom bubbling. Yes- the very essence of the pan, whatever it is made up of, was right there bubbling in black oozy gooeyness.
Grrrrrrr. Trying to steam and be healthy has come at a cost! I haven’t replaced any of the pans I’ve destroyed, so really my stock of pans has whittled down and now I’m left with just one pan I can boil/steam things in. I hope I don’t make that same mistake again. 😦