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       Volume I - November 13, 2009

Fresh Steamed Shrimp

Thanks to our wonderful Cook'n Reader Suzanne Utnage for the delicious tip!

I really love fresh shrimp. I like to steam it myself and I use 2 packsof the Shrimp & Crab Boil Seasoning that I get right off the shelf at the grocery store. Well after I bought my steamer, I wanted to use it, rather than boiling. I looked through the book that came with my steamer, but there was absolutely nothing in it to give me an idea of how to use the herbpackets in thesteamer.

I read the back & sides of the box, in case there might be something on therethat was specific to steamers, since I knew the seasonpacket had to be submerged in the water. AllI got from it, was how to steam orboil the shrimp. At this point, I took a giant leap of faith. I filled my steamer with the maximum amount of water. Submerged theseasoning packets in the water. Then put the pieces of the steamer together just like I normally would to steam something. I then turned it on and set it for the requiredamount of time to steam shrimp as directed in the Oster Steamer book and let steam.

At first I was worried that this would some how damage my steamer. But then I told myself that this thing is made really well.The water well is sealed up really well and it really should not cause any problems. When the timer went off, Itried one of the shrimp rightaway. (Boy, was it hot!!) It did not taste as seasoned, as I like it, so I put it back in for another 3-4 minutes. This time, it tasted great.

After my steamer cooled down, I was prepared for damage. I took it apart. Dumped the water. Rinsed out the inside of the water well with a little vineger (about 2 Tbsp) and it was just like brand new!! I really love thatOster steamer. I just thought you might like to share that tip with others who love seasoned, steamed shrimp as much as I do.

Suzanne Utnage

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