Rice Steamer
Rice Steamer

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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Food & Drink
Asian ➔ Rice Steamer

This rice steamer is made of bamboo and features writing around the sides. Three-tiered bamboo steamers such as this are an important tool throughout Asia and have been gaining popularity in the United States since the 1950s. They are used to steam vegetables, fruits, breads, fish, and dim sum. 

To use, each food item is placed in a tier lined with parchment paper, cheesecloth, or cabbage leaves to prevent leaking. The steamer is then placed over a pot of hot water, allowing the steam to enter the cooker through the bamboo slats. Dinner is served directly from the tiers. 
circa 2018
Current Location Status:
Education Program

Discovery Kit: Foodways (October 25 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.    

Virtual Discovery Kit: Foodways (May 2020)
Food is a universal language. Discover how cultures around the world work in the kitchen.