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Well, its just a disk of stainless steel. What can go wrong? The metal is very thin, it warps easily. Then, they glued a blue plastic film on polished surface and rounded the corners with film on. It took me 30 minutes to take out small pieces of film embedded in rounded corners. Even after that, I could not remove all. This is my 3rd use and I discover pieces of blue film into soup below. For what they are charging for this simple piece of metal, all this is really unacceptable.
This is good at creating a seal between your bamboo steamer set and the pot underneath. Have used it a couple times and holding up well. Only caveat is that the metal is on the thinner side so without anything on it it may look slightly warped. Once the bamboo steamer set is placed on it it will sit level and there are no gaps. Just be careful if you want to move or check your bamboo steamer during the steaming process as the metal ring can slide a bit if you are too aggressive...would recommend having a pair of oven mitts nearby just in case you need to shift it back into its proper position.
I bought this to suspend my bamboo steamer over a pot of boiling water. It is stainless which I like, it comes with an adhesive protective plastic sheet applied which is ok. I just thought for the price it could have been made out of a more substantial piece if stainless, it's quite thin and it looks like it could get bent pretty easily.
We purchased this in combination with our bamboo steamer basket. This is very simple to use. We put it on top of a regular pan with a bit of water. Then the streamer basket goes on top. Within 8-10 minutes we have restaurant-quality dumplings. It’s a amazing. I highly recommend this!
I'm sure the ring itself will be fine but that will only be determined when AND IF I can remove this ridiculous blue adhesive that is fused to the tiny rolled rim. I do not have another half our to scrape and pull shred after shred. i've tried alcohol on a cotton swab, I've ruined the orangewood manicure stick in the photo. Have the whole thing soaking in warm soapy water now. Did anyone ACTUALLY test how this blue adhesive works? What the heck is the purpose?
So as many others have noted there was blue adhesive that is meant to come off prior to use. Others didn’t realize it was supposed to come off and had it melt on them during their use of it. And those who did know spent over an hour trying to pick off the adhesive. So knowing that the glue wasn’t heat tolerant I put on an oven-glove and held it over steam. The plastics adhesive loosened and I was able to peel the blue plastic off in just about 30 mins rather than an hour. It would have been less if I hadn’t first tried to cut it into smaller pieces to pick off. The adapter fits my pot and steamer basket perfectly, but I do wish the manufacturer would have used a plastic that was easier to remove. I hope this helps if you’re like me and purchased this without seeing the complaints about the plastic. Otherwise a good adapter. :)
Way back when I bought a bamboo steamer, I had no idea they came in different sizes to match your wok. So, it turns out that mine is actually kind of small for the wok, so it practically sits on the bottom. I tried this insert, and voila! The steamer sits nicely above the water, so I don't have to keep checking to see that the teeny amount of water I used to use (so the level didn't hit the bottom of the steamer). Works like a charm.
So this blue plastic film ...... I didn’t see it Because it was blue side down when I put it on the pot. It wasn’t until I smelled a melting plastic that I figured it out. The blue film is impossible to get off. It’s garbage now and I didn’t even get to finish using it one time