How do I make food that require different steaming time? As you become familiar with your Philips steamer you may wish to expand your cooking skills. Please find tips below on how to get the most out of your steamer. Steam food that require different steaming times: 1) Put the food that requires the longest steaming time in steaming bowl 1. 2) Put the lid on the bowl and start cooking. When the timer reaches the time required for the food with a shorter steaming time: 3) Put food in steaming bowl 2. 4) Remove the lid with oven gloves. 5) Put steaming bowl 2 on top of steaming bowl 1. 6) Put the lid on steaming bowl 2 and simply continue steaming.