A colander is a kitchen tool primarily used to rinse off large ingredients like vegetables or pasta. The perforated shape of the colander enables liquid to flow easily through while still retaining the essential nutrients inside. It can also be known as a large pasta sieve or pasta strainer. In fact, the word ‘colander’ is derived from Latin ‘colax,’ which means grain and ‘clerus,’ a vessel in which the liquid is stored.
According to the reviewer, a colander can be a significant kitchen tool for straining and draining off solids from solids such as potatoes. This reviewer notes that using a colander while making a meal makes the resulting dish more healthy because the solid materials are drained before being combined with the rest of the ingredients. In addition, this reviewer notes that the design and functionality of a colander ensures that it is useful in a wide variety of kitchen settings. For instance, it can easily be placed on top of a counter or even on a kitchen counter top, so the strainer can be used on different kitchen surfaces.
As one would expect, the design of most colanders and strainers feature three holes, although the reviewers note that there are some models with only two holes and no other decorative features. The holes in the colanders are generally placed on the bottom side of the container. Some models, however, feature deeper holes which are used for sifting. Other types of strainers may have one hole with an adjustable seat. The seat adjustments allow the user to choose a depth that suits the food being processed.
In terms of practicality, these kitchen tools are fairly simple to use. One can simply lift the container through the holes and place it in the running water, running the risk of damaging the colander if one overcomes the temptation to open the valve all the way. Once the vegetables are cooked, the colander can then be removed and the cleaned vegetables can be served. If the strainers are used correctly, no food will end up in the bottom of the bowl.
The pasta machine itself is quite basic. It works by pressing down on a piston in order to lift the pasta from the strainer and deposit it directly into a bowl. Once the pasta is cooked, the colander can then be reused, saving money on buying new pasta and possibly the need for another kitchen utensil. It’s easy to see how the colander has become such a common kitchen tool, yet very few of us take the time to clean them properly.
The review concludes with the reviewer recommending this product to those looking for a basic kitchen tool that will do the job. Those who are looking for more functions or who find that they are in need of a colander that has several additional pieces can look towards other brands, including the Cuisinartimente type. For most users, the review points out the benefits of using the colander, especially for the fact that it is so simple to use. No extra tools are needed for the process and the bowl can be reused after each use.