These Aluminum Steamer Stock Pots includes the vented lid and Steam rack. This stock pot is also considered a steaming pot and lobster pot due to its steaming capabilities. The aluminum stock pot has an indention which holds the stock pot basket off the bottom. This gives you about two inches in the bottom for your liquid for perfect steaming. This stock pot is one of the highest quality aluminum stock pots on the market today. Uses for these steamer stock pot without the basket includes boiling soups, stews, gumbo, jambalaya and low country boils.