Colanders & Strainers
Have you ever finished boiling a pot of spaghetti and realized your colander was missing? You give up after a brief search and try to drain the pot by hand, making a huge mess and pouring spaghetti all over the place. It turns out to be a pizza delivery night instead.
You learn that having one or two extra colander on hand is a good idea. Just in case you can't bear the thought of putting food back into the other colander, no matter how clean it is.
If you've never shopped for colanders before, you'll be shocked by the variety of features and choices available. To put it another way, not all colanders are created equal. Before you end up with your favourite product, here's what you need to know about strainers and colanders.
In any case, keep in mind that if you are serious about cooking and want to add a professional to it, investing in quality colanders and strainers is a must, although, the straining equipment you choose will be determined by your culinary requirements.
Without further adieu, let’s check it all together!
What are Colanders and Strainers?
Although technically, we use a colander to drain (discarding liquids like pasta water) and a sieve to strain, we generally refer to both as "strainers" (saving liquids like broth for stock).
A colander has a large bowl (often with two handles) and feet or a base that allow it to stand alone in a sink while you pour pasta or boiled vegetables into it. Colanders, which are normally made of plastic, stainless steel, aluminum, or enamel-coated porcelain, have a lot of small holes evenly spaced all over, but some are made of mesh. To avoid liquid from pooling up, better versions have a lot of holes near the bottom of the bowl.
At the same time, a strainer is a generic term that refers to any kind of, well, strainer. It's typically fine mesh and bowl-shaped, and it's perfect for draining pasta or rinsing a pint of berries.
Key colander features
If you believe that every colander is essentially the same, we're about to change your mind. While cooking, various designs can perform various tasks for you. We've compiled a list of the most important factors to remember when purchasing a colander or strainer.
Stainless steel construction: Choosing a colander with a stainless steel construction ensures that it will not rust and will last for many uses. Plastic and silicone colanders are less costly, but they do not last as long as metal colanders.
Decorative colanders: If a colander's holes are used to create a decorative pattern or shape, it will most likely drain slowly due to a lack of holes.
Number of holes: If your colander isn't draining quickly enough, it probably doesn't have enough holes.
Size of holes: For draining small foods like rice, use a colander with a fine mesh. However, if tiny particles get trapped in the fine mesh, cleaning it can be difficult. A standard colander would have holes ranging in size from a pinhead to a pencil eraser that is easy to see.
Easily drain water and sauces
Typically, when you pour food into the calendar, any liquid that has been poured into the strainer with it will drain through the holes, leaving only the food. Depending on what you need from the food, you can use calendars in various ways.
Draining of juices: Sometimes you want to save the juice from certain foods, such as fruits, after extracting it from the fruit. Place the colander in a bowl large enough to catch the juice that drains away.
Draining water: You can use the colander to drain the hot water from pasta, tomatoes, or other similar foods that have been cooked in water. Most of the time, you can only let the water run down the sink drain while the food is caught in the colander.
Washing foods: Washing fruits, vegetables, or small grains like rice in a colander works well primarily because the colander prevents the food from dropping into the sink while allowing the water to drain.
Available in different sizes
You should consider a few things when choosing the perfect size of the colander. If you often cook big pots of pasta, you will want a colander that’s similar to the same size as your pot. To handle various types of food, you will need a second or even a third colander that has comparably smaller or simply different-sized holes.
Stainless steel easy to clean
Keep in mind that when colanders or strainers are made of plastic, they will most probably not last for a long time, and will generally be tough to clean. On the other hand, if you are choking stainless steel colanders or strainers the materials will ensure a long-lasting experience in your kitchen. Those will also be relatively easier to wash and clean.
Cuisipro is proud to offer a wide range of affordable, high-quality, and easy-to-use colanders and strainers that will take your kitchen to the next level and will serve you for a long time.