How to Steam Asparagus Without a Steamer Basket
Whether you just don't have a steamer basket, or don't want an extra kitchen tool to purchase and store, you can steam asparagus (and other vegetables) with this simple tip.
To steam asparagus, set a large soup can (with top and bottom removed) upright in a small stockpot. Add an inch of water to the pot and bring to a simmer. Tie asparagus in a bundle with kitchen string, then stand it (tips up) inside the can. Cover with a heat-resistant bowl and steam.