HUNT VALLEY, Md., Aug. 21 The humble microwave has emergedas the new kitchen darling -- the go-to appliance for family dinners. But thisfamiliar kitchen fixture has a new gig: serving as a "steamer" for preparingfast, fresh and flavorful meals.
"Home cooks are falling back in love with steaming -- one of the quickestand healthiest ways to cook," according to registered dietitian Liz Weiss,author of The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers.
Steaming maintains more vitamins and minerals in foods than boiling orbaking, and it requires no added fat. For seafood, it's a simple and speedyway to prepare moist and flavorful fish or shrimp. Steaming also leaves moreof vegetables' natural taste, texture and color than any other cooking method.
"Families are no longer satisfied with frozen pizza, take-out or eatingout of a box all the time," Weiss said. "What many crave instead are fresh,nutritious, and easy-to-assemble home-cooked meals. Innovations in thesupermarket like steamer bags, portioned seafood and pre-cut veggies help busyfamilies create healthy meals that take minutes to make with minimal clean-up."
McCormick has added to its successful Veggie Steamers products with a fullspectrum of McCormick Steamers, which now includes McCormick Seafood Steamersand McCormick Potato Steamers. These innovative new products convenientlycombine a microwave steamer bag along with a packet of seasonings. Simplycombine the food with the specially-developed spice and herb mixture in thebag, close and microwave.
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With an extensive network of researchers, trend experts, chefs, homeeconomist, food technologists, and sensory analysts, McCormick & Company, Inc.keeps its finger on the pulse of flavor. McCormick was founded in 1889 inBaltimore, Maryland. Today it is the largest spice company in the world.McCormick sources only the finest ingredients from around the globe to bringthe highest quality flavors to consumers. For more information, visitMcCormick online at http://www.mccormick.com, or call 1-800-MEAL-TIP(1-800-632-5847).The new steaming line-up includes: -- NEW McCormick Seafood Steamers - Lemon Garlic - Garlic Butter A single pouch contains everything needed for perfectly seasoned steamed fish or shrimp that's a snap to prepare. Simply place seafood, water and the contents of the seasonings packet in the steamer bag and microwave for six minutes. The specially designed steamer bag locks in moisture and flavor to help you get perfect results every time. Toss the empty bag -- and the mess. Suggested retail price: $1.79 -- NEW McCormick Potato Steamers - Roasted Garlic & Rosemary - Italian Herb These innovative products combine great oven-roasted flavor but with microwave ease. They're the secret to lively spuds in minutes that your whole family will love. Simply place cubed fresh potatoes, oil and seasoning in the steamer bag and let the microwave do the rest. Suggested retail price: $1.79 -- McCormick Veggie Steamers - Garlic & Basil - Cheddar Cheese Two popular flavors transform broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables into tempting dinnertime offerings. The seasoning and steamer bag combination helps you get the delicious flavor of freshly steamed and seasoned vegetables from your microwave. Instructions are provided for both fresh and frozen vegetables. Suggested retail price: $1.79
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