Steamer baskets are designed to hang inside of a sauce or stock pan. The outer pan is filled with water, but only up to the bottom of the steamer basket and the outer pot is then covered. The food inside of the basket is cooked by the steam that forms inside the pot, creating a rich variety of foods that are more vibrant looking and healthier. Steamed food is becoming more and more popular these days because of the higher quality of the cooked food and the healthy alternative to frying or baking. The concept of steaming meat originated in China centuries ago. The final meat produced from a steamer is generally much more supple, moist and flavorful than pan or deep fried counterparts because there are no additional ingredients that can taint the taste of the meat. Vegetables were traditionally steamed by Europeans and are preferred to boiling because the veggies lose virtually none of their nutrients when they are steamed. They also retain their vibrant colors, creating a more pleasing plate for the patron.