Steaming food locks in flavors and nutrients. Unlike boiling, steaming keeps flavors and nutrients in the food you’re preparing instead of the water used to cook it. Steaming is super healthy, too! Our steamer basket is suitable to use for all types of foods – you don’t have to use it as only a vegetable steamer. Cook vegetables, desserts, seafood, meats, eggs, and more! The stainless steamer insert fits into your existing pots or pans with extendable flaps. Separate the flaps by gently pushing them outward from the center. When food is ready, use the metal ring on the center post to carefully pull the basket out of your pot. This item is made of durable stainless steel, so it is suitable for cooking. The vegetable steamer basket is also dishwasher safe, so cleanup is easy. The steamer is compact for easy storage & it fits easily in a drawer without taking up too much space. Vegetable steamer measures 5.5 inches in diameter closed and 9 inches in diameter fully extended.