Pantry essentials for steam cooking

Pantry Essentials for steam or combi steam ovens

Prior to owning a  steam oven, some of our pantry items would last us a long, long, time.  Baking paper was one item.  Zip lock bags was another.  I never bought paper towelling.  Not long after starting to use my steam oven, I was constantly checking the levels of tin foil, paper towelling, baking paper and the list went on.

So I wrote out a list of all the common pantry items that we make sure are always in our pantry.  Not on the list of pantry essentials are the herbs that we now regularly use.  I did a quick count and in our small back garden there are 7 thyme plants, 2 rosemary bushes,  and then single growings of basil, sage and broad leaf parsley.    We have a very small back yard and so to cope with the demand for fresh herbs I have a tiered planter pot.  It is 3 levels of pots that give me 8 or 9 planting spots.

When you first start using your steam oven or combi steam oven I bet you were struck by how much steam comes out during the cooking process. Or by how wet everything gets.

The first time I used our steam oven I thought it had been installed incorrectly. So much steam was coming out every few minutes. What was going on?? My husband was opening kitchen windows and putting the range hood on full draft.

Some of the items on the list are to help with the cooking process and others are to help clean the oven.  I must say I like not having to use chemicals when cleaning the oven.

When you download the list, please let me know if you think I’ve left something off or you want to make an addition.

Happy steaming!