This product is proof that you don't need an expensive steamer machine to steam your vegies. I was looking forward to trying it out. Honestly, it looks like something that my grandma used to use during cooking.
It arrived out of the box, collapsed to the smallest form. There are little metal feet at the bottom. To use, it's so simple, and actually kinda fun. As you pull the sides out, it opens up like a flower blossoming. There is a certain amount of childish fun opening and shutting it. Open it up and place down into the pot. You can use whatever size pot you want, and even if it's smaller, the sides of the steamer will rest against the sides of the pan. It's very versatile that way. Pour a little bit of water in the pot.....enough that it doesn't come up to the bottom of the steamer. The feet will give you some space there. Put your vegies in and top on the pot. Once you get the water to a boiling temp, you can reduce heat and let it simmer. The steam from the water will cook your vegies in no time.
This is the same effect you get from those expensive machines, not to mention cleaning is a breeze. It's made of stainless steel, so is dishwasher safe and you don't have to worry about it rusting. I actually own an electric steamer, and I won't even bother with that now, cause this method is so much easier for me. Fold the sides back down for easy storage.
I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.