Steaming is becoming more and more commonplace these day both in restaurants and in homes. The reason for this shift is possibly because the result of food being steamed is that it is more flavorful, healthier and the food retains its natural vibrant colors. A steam basket is a designed to nest inside a stock or sauce pot and the pot is then filled with water, but only to the near bottom of the interior pan. A lid is then placed over the steamer and the vegetables or meat is steamed using the water vapor rising out of the pan and into the basket. This technique has been used to steam meat in China for centuries and the Europeans have been steaming vegetables for hundreds of years. Nowadays, though, the two cultures have met and it is now acceptable to steam both meat and veggies for dinner. The result is a healthier meal with many of the natural colors and flavors well-preserved.