How to Steam Clams in the Microwave

We found this  blog post from Cilantro Cooks and wanted to share it with our readers because it is a perfect recipe for our multi-oven cookware and we loved steamed clams!! shutterstock_7612597

“…sometimes there’s nothing like a plate full of delicious clams steamed and seasoned just the right way. But not in a cooking mood or too busy to take the time? You can still satisfy that craving! Here’s how:

  1. Arrange the clams around the outer rim of a 10 to 12 inch shallow round microwave-safe dish, leaving the center open.
  2. Add 1/4 cup water, beer, or white wine.
  3. Cover with cellophane (plastic wrap) or microwave-safe plate (to make it even easier you can use one of our multi-oven cookware pieces) and cook on HIGH (100%) for 2-1/2 to 5 minutes, or until all the shells have opened, rotating the dish once in the middle of cooking time if necessary. Discard any unopened clams.
  4. Enjoy with cocktail sauce or melted butter and your favorite seasoning! I like to spritz on a little lemon juice right out of the microwave and mix garlic powder with the butter. Yum!

And that’s all there is to it! The best way to double this recipe is to do it in batches, clams are very delicate organisms and will overcook easily.

If this is your first time cooking with clams or steaming, here are some things to keep in mind:

As the clams cook they will release more moisture so be sure not to add too much extra liquid, as this will result in boiling rather than steaming.

If you’re using cellophane to cover the clams, puncture a few small holes or leave a corner open to vent a small amount of steam (but not too much!). This will prevent pressure from building up, otherwise you might end up with a bit of a mess to clean up. (Nautical Scout multi-ovenware to the rescue!)

The clams must be alive or very fresh before cooking as they spoil very quickly. To prep for cooking simply scrub away the sand and grit under cold water. Thump on any that are open and if they don’t close, toss. They are dead and should not be eaten. If you do not plan to cook them right away, you may freeze live clams for up to 3 months.

Please note pregnant women should not consume any shellfish, as they may contain harmful bacteria.”  Posted on cilantrocooks.com. 


Meals Planned ahead

Several customers have mentioned to us when they’re taking a long weekend on their boat or RV, they’ll make a soup, stew, or chilli in our 2 or 4 Qt stove top cook pot, then freeze it in our multi-oven cookware so they can bring with them for meals on the go.   At meal time, they just pop their frozen multi-ovenware cookware meal into microwave or oven for fast and convenient meal prep.   Anyone with kids knows a preplanned meal for them is a nice hot meal for the parents!



Ice Cold Shrimp Cocktail a la Bucket!

This happens to be one of the most unique ideas we’ve seen.  A creative owner of one of our collapsible buckets filled it with ice 3/4’s of the way up, then took the stainless steel lid from our 4Qt pot and placed it over the ice…the lid side’s nested snuggly into the sides of the pail.  (You need to use enough ice so that it comes in contact with the lid).  After a couple of minutes the lid became ice cold and our fellow Scouter place the shrimp on top of the lid and served.   The shrimp stayed cold without getting wet.  We we’re told the bucket handle was the only draw back in this situation when others decided to walk off with the shrimp…not sure if they were refilling or taking for themselves.


Oysters filter 50 gal of sea water per day! … watch

A single oyster can filter up to 50 gal water/day!  Pretty amazing!  Watch this video to see it in action courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CBF (http://tinyurl.com/py7657z)

 

Apparently, eastern oysters were once abundant in the Chesapeake.  Unfortunately, according to a 2011 report from the MD department of Resources, the Chesapeake Bay eastern oyster population has declined 98% since colonial times. Unsurprisingly, this is due in part to over harvesting, habitat destruction, & water pollution.  Although, disease also played a role in the late 1980’s according to the CBF.

I had know idea oysters were so prevalent in the Chesapeake.  Given their extraordinary filtering capabilities, developing a sustainable oyster population is seen as a way to help keep the bay cleaner.  An intriguing way to let nature take care of itself, if only we would allow it to happen.  




Nautical Scout Collapsibles featured in NewEnglandBoating.com

NEBoating.com croppedNew England Boating knows a great product when they see one…

“If space is at a premium on board your boat (when is it not?), check out the line of innovative, collapsible cookware from Nautical Scout.The line includes pots, pans, kettles, bowls, buckets, funnels, pet bowls, coffee drippers, tea infusers and more, all made of flexible, food-safe, non-toxic materials. What’s more, the silicone-sided stovetop cookware heats faster and stays warm longer, providing a 25%-50% energy savings over conventional cookware.”

Check them out here: New England Boating

 

 


Nautical Scout Featured in 2015 BoatUS Magazine Gift Guide!

We are pleased to let you know that our collapsible products appear in the current issue of BoatUS Magazine’s holiday gift guide.  We were elated to learn they were interested in reviewing our collapsible products recently for their 2015 holiday gift guide.  What could be better than an endorsement from BoatUS at this festive time of the year?

We also can’t think of a better more unique gift for that outdoor (boating, sailing, camping, RVing) person in your life!  Our patented collapsible products are designed to be the highest quality, best performing products on the market and are right at home outdoors, onboard, crossing the oceans, or traveling the country.

Here’s what BoatUS had to say:

Nautical Scout Cookware

Photo of a set of Nautical Scout cookwareFinding space in the galley to store pots and pans can be tricky. Traditional cookware rattles and eats up storage space. These collapsible pots — made with stainless-steel bottoms, along with food-grade silicone top parts that reportedlycan withstand temperatures up to 450° F — could be the answer. Cleanup should be a snap, too, as food won’t stick to the silicone. Put this cookware together with an offer to make dinner on board, and this gift is totally a boater’s win-win. $44.99 for the 5-cup teakettle | www.nauticalscout.com

You can see the review here a learn about lots of cool new gifts on the BoatUS website. Boat/US Magazine 2015 holiday gift guide.

About BoatUS: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has worked to provide quality service, savings, and representation to the recreational boating community since its founding in 1966. BoatUS is the nation’s most powerful advocate for advancing the interests of boaters and the single source to meet all boaters needs. Today, over half a million Members know it “pays to belong”. Learn more: BoatUS.com


New small serving bowls now available!

We recently received our shipment of small serving bowls in 4 new color choices.  We call it a serving bowl but they are so much more. These bowls hold about 22 oz and reduce in size from 2 3/4″ tall when expanded to just over 1″ when collapsed; nearly 60%

What we love about them is their versatility:3 cup serving bowl marlin and caribbean expanded and collapsed copy

  • Cereal bowl
  • Serving bowl
  • Snack bowl
  • Storage bowl
  • Baking dish
  • Microwave reheat dish

They’re perfect for an active lifestyle because the silicone bottom won’t
slide, they bowls don’t make noise, and they’re unbreakable.  They are usable in a wide range of temperature conditions from – 40F to +450F so they’ll go from freezer to oven or microwave safe, to fridge for storage (with the available lid).

Best of all, if you have more than one they nest when stored, further reducing their total height when compared to the sum of their individual heights. So, one bowl is 1 1/16″ tall when collapsed.  Two bowls is only 1 5/8″, and 4 bowls is 2 3/4″.  Now that’s smart!

See them here: www.nauticalscout.com/serving bowls.