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Old 08-06-2017, 08:05 PM   #11
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I also use a stainless steel bowl or more often I have a glass bowl that fits even better.

But these you must stand by and the ones that are/were similar to the 'nowadays' steamers could, like the steamers, use the lids of the bottom boiling pot. As such they were much more stable as well.

Mine had a handle, just like the pot. Only difference was that it had that ridge where it could nestle onto the lower pot. If necessary you could use it directly on the stove as an extra pot. I think that's what made it so useful... try using your steamer pot directly on the burner...
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:19 PM   #12
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Here are some images of
My grandma's double boiler - the white enameled one.
and two pics of my and my mom's... they don't show a lid but they had them. Those handles are exact!

Now that I think about it, mom also had a different one with two little handles on either side instead of the larger 'sticking out' one for one handed maneuverability.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:49 PM   #13
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I did a quick search on eBay, and there are lots of double-boilers for sale on there, old and new.

If you like learning how people cooked a few centuries ago, check out...

https://www.youtube.com/user/jastownsendandson

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James Townsend's Youtube channel is one of Himself's video vices.* I keep telling him I am never going to make some of the meals he "suggests"... At least he's been putting things he's learned on the wood crafting videos to good use. Now he's accumulating wood crafting tools like I collect cookware.

*At least he isn't watching x-rated videos.
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Ebay or even craigslist is a great source for that kind of gear, because it's cheap but was built to last forever (and does). For example I got an OG Presto pressure cooker for $5 and a replacement gasket off ebay for another $5. You'd get the same thing much more cheaply made for $30 new.
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