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Breaking in a bamboo steamer??

Anne H | Nov 20, 200603:21 PM     16

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!

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