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While the microwave and oven can be useful in a number of instances, there are certain foods that just can’t be prepared that way. Steaming is a must when we are looking to preserve flavor and texture. If you’re anything like us, you have already decided to splurge on a bamboo steamer. It’s one of the most essential kitchen appliances that a person can own.

However, we do realize that there are some who have yet to find the perfect bamboo for their kitchen. Not to worry, though. There’s a helpful hack and no fancy gadgets are going to be required! Food & Wine’s helpful video is here to assist you in getting started.

According to Justin Chapple, all you need is a deep skillet and some aluminum foil to enjoy the same advantages. Take three pieces of aluminum foil, ball them up and place them inside of the skillet. Grab a heatproof plate and position above the balls of aluminum foil. Once these steps are complete, take a small amount of water and pour it into the bottom of the skillet.

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Bring the water to a boil after placing the lid on top of the skillet. Once the water has had a chance to reach a boil, lower the heat. From there, the food will need to steam for five to seven minutes, depending on what you are preparing. As soon as the time is up, your process is over! This is one of the best hacks for those who are looking to prepare vegetables and dumplings.

Shrimp and fish fillet lovers are also sure to fall in love with this skillet cooking method. In fact, Justin is preparing perfectly seasoned fish fillets in the clip that you are about to watch below. This is one of the most essential videos that you are going to see today as it’s a great hack for anyone who does not have a steamer readily available.

This is not a tip that you need to be keeping to yourself, either. Be sure to take a moment to pass this one along to all of your friends and loved ones. We can all use a good cooking hack from time to time. Now that more and more of us are taking the time to cook at home, we need all of the awesome tips that we can get!