You have your base unit, your bowl, the steaming and reheating basket, a spatula with a nice little holding spot in the base unit, and a bowl lid. Assembly is super easy. Take your bowl, stick it on the base, then put your steaming basket in the bowl, close the lid, press the steaming button, and you’re off to the races. If you’re making carrots, fruits, or veggies, chop them up and add them to the base unit. The instructions aren’t very clear, but they’re listed in the reheating instructions. As far as steaming, one serving takes about five minutes to steam. Timing depends on how much water is in the reservoir. Feel like pureeing? The two blades seem powerful enough. I pureed butternut squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes pretty easily. You may potentially have to add more water after steaming. It’s definitely not necessary or vital that you have this item, but if you’re looking to get more into making baby food, this a great place to start.