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It Is Impossible to Find a Functional Stainless Steel Steamer Basket.

Jim Leff | Dec 26, 201105:24 PM     83

It's time for my every-other-decade replacement of my stainless steel steamer basket. I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and picked up a Progressive steamer basket for about $8. As I took it out of the box, the leaves fell out, one after the other. It was like a joke.

Reviews on Amazon show that others have had the same experience. Same for the Trudeau, the Good Cook, and the Norpro products. There's a fancy OXY model but it includes a (non-detachable) plastic pop-up gizmo that isn't dishwasher safe.

Since all the cheap ones seem to be unusable, I've been looking for higher quality versions. But there are none. The Chef Craft 21522, a bit more pricely and highly reviewed, is only 6 inches - too small, as I'm looking for the standard size that expands to 11". The Ekco 1046277 is unrated, but so cheap that I'm assuming it's also Chinese made (nothing against the Chinese; I just don't prefer cheap tools for everyday tasks).

Anyone know any alternatives? Anyone out there with terminal illness who'd consider willing me their old steamer basket?

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