My son just brought home a bamboo steamer, and over Thanksgiving I am going to make some dumplings.
The only other time I used one of these bamboo steamers was ages ago, and I have a vague memory that it imparted a strong bamboo flavor when it was new. Is this correct? Do I need to steam it a couple times before I use it to cook?
Also, I saw a couple of tips about rubbing it with a bit of oil, and maybe using a cabbage leaf or parchment paper to line it (in an old post on washing bamboo steamers). Should I do this?
And of course, if this inspired anyone to post their favorite recipe using a bamboo steamer (at Home Cooking, not here, horrors!) that would be lovely.
Any and all advice appreciated!