We got this with plans to eat healthier and I had seen my mother use a steamer for all sorts of things so I was excited about the purchase. Now I can honestly say that this is one of the most used small appliances in our kitchen. I love how easy this product is to use, how it cooks things freshly and you know you are getting great health quality out of your vegetables. I have cut up red skin potatoes and put them in the steamer, asparagus, broccoli, corn on the cob, etc. It only takes about 30 minutes of steaming for all of the above mentioned items and you have yummy fresh potatoes and vegetables to eat with dinner. All you have to do is put water in the bottom portion, place your vegetables/potatoes, etc. in the steamer basket, set the timer and it will ding when it is ready and you are ready to go. I highly recommend this addition to your kitchen.