You could have the best pasta recipe in the world but if your strainer won’t allow you to drain all the water effectively, your game won’t be the best. The same goes for washing cereals, fruits, veggies and other foods in your kitchen. While the basic standard is any basket with holes that allows water to come out, some prove useless as they don’t last as long as you expect them to or just won’t adjust to the immediate needs in your kitchen. Every smart kitchen needs a set of strainers that are worth the money by delivering the service and lasting the time which leads to our insistence on solid construction. These 10 will help you improve your food straining game and decorate the kitchen for many years.
Premium Quality Stainless Steel Oval Colander
Every inch of the modern kitchen is important which is why your sink needs to be turned into a proper prep station. This strainer has adjustable handles that can extend up to 22 inches allowing you to use it on any sink. It is perfect for straining minced meat, pasta, vegetables and even rice. Its 6-quart capacity also gives you enough room to pick through your seeds and grains. The strainer is fitted with rubberized handles that won’t slide on the sink.
Old Dutch Colander, 9″, Copper
Your colander doesn’t have to stop at straining your pasta, fruits, veggies and other foods. The most beautiful colander can also stay on your counter as decoration, holding fruits and veggies or other foods that you won’t store in the refrigerator. This is that traditional colander able to handle any tasks or just stand on the table. It is lighter than it appears, so you can be sure that lifting and handling it won’t strain you in the kitchen. Its high and wide base also makes it perfect for draining in the sink without food touching the sink floor.
Bellemain Fine Mesh Strainer Basket
One strainer is never enough for the kitchen because straining, sieving and sifting needs change from day to day. With this set of three, you can skim your tea and dust pastries with sugar using the small one and still wash your pasta and rice using the largest one. The set is built for comfort and durability including heat-safe handles. It is perfect for baking as well as deep frying as you can use them to scoop food from hot oil and drain it. The extension at the back of the handle is meant for safe storage and can also be used as an extension when straining or washing over the sink.
Rorence Powder Coated Steel Colanders
Solid is the best word when it comes to describing this pack of two. The powder coating also gives them a stunning look that complements your kitchen. The greatest attraction to this set is the high-quality steel construction. The finish being powder means that you won’t have to struggle with stains and scratches. This set of two also makes it easy to drain and strain different quantities of food comfortably.
LiveFresh Stainless Steel Micro-Perforated Colander
Kitchen appliances are not cheap, so if you are going to buy a colander, better go for one that actually lasts. This colander is one of those one-off purchases because the dense stainless steel is designed to prevent denting or breaking. Its holes are designed to drain as quickly as possible with holes at the bottom as well which eliminates the need to tilt for the colander to strain your veggies or pasta. Its high stand allows you to drain food safely in the sink without the colander touching the floor. The only setback is the arms which are not heatproof.
YEVIOR Silicone Clip on Strainer for Pots And Pans
If large metallic colanders are not your thing, then this little piece of silicone will serve you well. It is designed to fit perfectly on the side of any pot or pan with small holes and ridges to keep even your thinnest spaghetti in the pan. The strainer is made of silicone, meant to withstand temperatures of up to 230 Celsius which allows you to strain your hot food even right out of the pressure cooker. It doesn’t cover the entire top of the pot or pan though so you should only use it for small quantities of food.
OTOTO Spaghetti Monster- Kitchen Strainer
This company has a thing for putting a funny angle to the finish of their product finishes which is why this one has those large Google eyes on top. They don’t compromise on quality though, and this strainer can carry enough spaghetti for the whole family. It is durable and can also be used to strain vegetables, minced meat and fruits. The plastic is stain resistant, so washing after use is an easy job since you can still wash in a dishwasher.
YumCute Home Vintage Self-draining Bread Bowl Plate
If you do your colander game right, you can also use it to serve your bread, pasta, fruits and other dry solid foods. This set of three has red, black and blue bowls which can be used as colanders but also as decorations for the kitchen. This set defies the traditional view of a deep colander and gives something that can always come in handy as a plate or strainer on your kitchen counter but also as decoration whenever they are not in use.
Joyoldelf Stainless Steel Rice Washing Bowl
This one is more of a bowl than your traditional colander because it is meant to hold water for long enough for you to wash before you bend the bowl to strain. It is large enough to carry food for the whole family and also stainless steel. The construction is solid and the holes are smoothed for safety. It doesn’t have much decoration, but the holes on the sides are placed perfectly to drain quickly as soon as you tilt the bowl making it perfect for straining grains, spaghetti and fruits.
OXO Good Grips Colander
Oxo is all about quality in simple kitchen gadgets and this colander is one of those that just gets the job done. The colander is a three-quart that can carry enough spaghetti for four people. It is also strengthened for regular daily use with strong grip handles and four stands for stability. It drains using elongated holes rather than the traditional small round holes which makes draining a lot faster.
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