In China, the Chinese have used steamers for at least 3000 years or more, with early steamers being made in stoneware and originating in the province of Yunnan. From the eighth century, thin cypress strips were used to make steamers and today they are constructed from bamboo with slatted bases.
Steaming is considered a healthy cooking technique and capable of cooking almost all kinds of food. Steaming also results in a more nutritious food than boiling because fewer nutrients are leached away into the water, which is usually discarded.
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