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The perfect accompaniment to your meal is a steamed bun. Simply reheating buns can leave them hard and dry. Refresh your bun with steam. When you are running low on time, or don’t have access to a stove, rice steamer or steamer basket, steam buns in the microwave.

Wet a paper towel by holding it under running water until the paper towel is wet, then wringing it out so it is slightly damp. If the towel is too wet, the bun will get soggy.

Steam one bun at a time by wrapping it in the moist paper towel and heating it in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Unwrap it carefully, as it will be hot.

Steam an entire bag of buns by placing the whole, unopened bag in the microwave for one to two minutes, on high. The natural moisture in the buns will steam them right in the bag. If the bag is closed with a twist tie, remove it and fold the end under the buns to seal it since metal cannot go in a microwave.

Remove the bag of steamed buns carefully. Open it slowly as hot steam will escape and can burn you. Pull the buns apart gently because they will be extra soft once steamed and may break.

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Mary Johnson-Gerard began writing professionally in 1975 and expanded to writing online in 2003. She has been published on the Frenzyness Divorce Blog and on Neumind International Pte Ltd. Her book "When Divorce Hurts Too Long—Ouch" was published in 2009. Johnson-Gerard holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Missouri.