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Colanders & Strainers Buying Guide

Getting the liquid out -- thatís the main function of a colander or strainer in your kitchen. While itís not a fancy kitchen item, it sure is essential. Types, styles, and colors vary by brand. For convenience, think about styles that fit over your kitchen sink.

Types of Colanders & Strainers

Types of Colanders & Strainers

Colanders can be made of fine wire mesh, stainless steel or enamel-coated steel (dotted with small holes), plastic, or silicone. Use a colander to drain vegetables or pasta after cooking or to hold raw vegetables or fruits under running water as you wash them. A strainer is used for getting liquid out of food and can range in size from a small wire-mesh sieve to a large pot. A small strainer (one that is easily handheld) is ideal for straining seeds out of fresh berries and preserves for use in dessert sauces. But it also can be used for draining cooked pasta and vegetables.

Stainless steel

You canít go wrong with a stainless-steel colander or strainer, and the product will last for years. This is a good basic for any kitchen.

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Winco
$97.39
at Amazon

Use to wash or drain everything from large fruit, vegetables, pasta and meat. The medium size holes allow water to flow freely. Th...e colander is extra deep with a wide base and is made of premium quality stainless steel. Extra heavy-duty weight. The bar that straddles the container applies constant pressure against the cutting plate and crushes the food, while retaining seeds, skin and fibers. read more

Supreme Housewares
$25.95
at Amazon

These colanders are our best sellers. Just take a look and them and you'll see why. They're available in a wide variety of styles ...and sizes. You're sure to find one that will suit your needs. Made of 18/8 stainless steel and imported from China. Hand wash is recommended to keep original finish. read more

Winco
$78.33
at Amazon

Use to wash or drain everything from large fruit, vegetables, pasta and meat. The medium size holes allow water to flow freely. Th...e colander is extra deep with a wide base and is made of premium quality stainless steel. Extra heavy-duty weight. The bar that straddles the container applies constant pressure against the cutting plate and crushes the food, while retaining seeds, skin and fibers. read more

Supreme Housewares

These colanders are our best sellers. Just take a look and them and you'll see why. They're available in a wide variety of styles ...and sizes. You're sure to find one that will suit your needs. Made of 18/8 forged stainless steel and imported from China. Hand wash is recommended to keep original finish. read more

Wire mesh

When thinking about a strainer, a wire-mesh material is perfect for smaller jobs such as straining berries. Bigger mesh strainers work well for pastas and vegetables.

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Boscovs.com

This durable stainless steel mesh construction 3-piece mesh strainer set is useful for straining pasta or washing fruits and veget...ables.The set includes small 3.5-Inch diameter colander, medium 5.5-Inch diameter colander, and large 8-Inch diameter colander. read more

Pfaltzgraff

Use this KitchenAid Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer for rinsing and draining various fruits and vegetables, or to scoop and strain f...oods from liquids. Has a fine stainless steel mesh screen perfect for straining sauces, purees and stocks. Features a lip that will easily slide over pot edges allowing for hands-free straining. The handle is comfortable & easy to hold. Dishwasher safe. Mesh strainer measures 7 inch diameter. read more

Sears
$27.99 $34.99
at Sears

Thanks to the raised footed base you can use the colander for serving and washing fruits and vegatables, draining, steaming and de...ep frying. Sturdy welded cross feet provide stability. 18/10 stainless steel provides durablity and TPR covered handles are for a sure and safe grip. read more

Culina Collection

We could sit here and have our marketing team rattle a list of attributes and reasons why you should own a set of Culina Nylon Mes...h Strainers, but instead we?re going to let our customers do the talk! Yes, you read right! Real users who reviewed their purchases to help fellow users and potential buyers like you understand the value you are getting.Giving you the perspective of buyers who tested our nylon mesh strainers in their everyday routine, how?s that for keeping things really real?You will find: a selection of (verbatim,) genuine statements written by our reviewers.You will not find: a litany of bullet points crafted by industry professionals.Infinite uses, great results every timeWhether it is to strain, sieve, drain or filter ingredients, a Culina Nylon Mesh Strainer can be used in the making of a wide range of recipes: from kefir to cheese making, ginger bug, root beer bug, some of our customers say their daily uses consist of a lot of fermenting and culturing. Nylon mesh is often preferred for some specific recipes like Kombucha where a metal mesh cannot be trusted. Other uses such as filtering lemon seeds, seeping herbal beverages or sifting clumpy ingredients to break them into fluffy, airy powder are favored by reviewers. Culina Nylon Strainer is hailed for great performance as it gets the job done every single time. Many rave about how practical straining of water and milk kefir grains is; as well as the ability to stop the smallest of seeds. An important highlight for reviewers came with knowing they could rely on a solid construction with flexible, adaptable resource.reliable construction for utilitarian use Made of professional grade nylon, Culina strainers are, according to users, sturdy as they endures daily, utilitarian use. They are also seen as firm enough that each scoops large quantity and heavier loads of food and still hold up beautifully without nasty tears; yet they are supple enough to allow gentle swishing movement to accompany the straining. It was noted by our reviewers that the dense weaving allowed for a hassle-free sifting, draining, or seeping experience.In addition, nylon a is a non-reactive element that does not permeate food, create any unpleasant after taste or (as in the case of Kombucha making) create an adverse chemical reaction the way metal strainer do. It's a safe, reliable option to guarantee satisfaction. read more

Enamel-coated steel

If you want a spot of color in your kitchen, an enamel-coated colander offers that. They are generally dotted with smaller holes for effective draining.

Plastic or silicone

An economical solution that's easy to clean, plastic or silicone colanders come in a variety of colors, and some have grips for safe handling.

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Good Cook

Colander, 3qt. Plastic Plastic colander with sturdy handle, is great for rinsing pasta and produce.

Sears
$9.99 $12.99
at Sears

Strain food effortlessly with this Good Grips plastic colander from OXO. Featuring easy nonslip handles, smart feet at the base an...d elongated draining holes, this item updates the classic kitchen must-have. read more

Good Cook

Colander, 3qt. Plastic Plastic colander with sturdy handle, is great for rinsing pasta and produce.

Eva Solo

The Eva Solo Colander makes it possible to uphold important hygiene standards when rinsing fruit, salads, vegetables and pasta. In... addition to its stylish design, the colander's square rim shape with its easy-to-hold corners adds to the appeal of food being served. The feet of the colander's base allows it to sit securely on a table or counter when displaying or serving food. The colander is made of plastic and is dishwasher safe. Designer: TOOLS. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

This kitchen essential is affordable, so having a couple of size options on hand is a good place to start. A large colander and small strainer will get you going with food prep. Add to your collection as time and experience change your needs.

Size

Colanders and strainers come in a variety of sizes, and each can serve a different purpose. Large colanders are good for straining a pound or more of cooked pasta or for rinsing lots of vegetables. Medium colanders are handy for smaller amounts of pasta or vegetables and for pressing seeds out of berries. And small colanders or sieves are perfect for sifting powdered sugar over baked goods or shaking dust out of chopped nuts.

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Tablecraft

Tablecraft 5" Round, 15.5" Long Bamboo Wok Strainer. Easy long Handle feature will help remove food without much splatter.

Norpro

Norpro Stainless Steel 3pc Strainer SetMade of stainless steel with double mesh.Double mesh for extra strength.Includes a 4 inch, ...5 inch and 6.5 inch size strainers.Hand washing recommended.Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. read more

APS Paderno World Cuisine

This fine mesh chinois strainer will strain any food in seconds. Durable and easy to clean it comes with a stay-cool, ABS, long ha...ndle to rest across large sauce pots. read more

Kitchenaid

Use this KitchenAid Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer for rinsing and draining various fruits and vegetables, or to scoop and strain f...oods from liquids. Has a fine stainless steel mesh screen perfect for straining sauces, purees and stocks. Features a lip that will easily slide over pot edges allowing for hands-free straining. The handle is comfortable & easy to hold. Dishwasher safe. 7 inch diameter. read more

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Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

This Sauce Master Food Strainer is an all-in-one sauce master. It could quite likely be the only strainer you?ll ever need for you...r vegetables, fruits, sauces, jams and purees. A strainer of multiple uses, as it easily forces food through a chrome-plated steel screen, which automatically separates the juice and pulp in one easy operation. Includes a standard fine mesh screen, standard spiral and also a helpful recipe and instruction booklet. The body of the strainer is crafted of white painted steel, while the red hopper and handle are plastic. Has a capacity of up to 3 quarts or 95 ounces. BPA free. Hand wash only, do not put in the dishwasher. Imported. Hopper measures: 8" diameter x 3" deep. Overall: 14"H x 9.5"L x 7.25"W read more

Sauce Master Food Strainer
Sears
$48.44 $99.99
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12" Dťcor Copper Colander. Decorative and functional: Makes a handsome centerpiece as easily as it drains a pot of pasta. Copper-p...lated Stainless Steel, clear tarnish-resistant finish (must be removed for food use, instructions included). read more

Old Dutch Footed Colander/Centerpiece
CHEFS Catalog
$349.95 $500.00
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Soup & Stock Pots - The Le Creuset Tri-Ply Stainless-Steel Stockpot with Colander Insert effortlessly steams shellfish, blanches v...egetables and transfers pasta straight to the serving bowl. Handcrafted with legendary world-class performance, the stainless-steel stockpot with colander insert is an all-around favorite of professional and home gourmets everywhere. Le Creuset's new mirror-finish, stainless-steel collection resists pitting, pocking, pocketing and scorching, plus oxidation and discoloration. The professional-grade stainless-steel stockpot with colander insert is ready for anything -- from exacting full-course dinner parties to spaghetti carbonara after a long work day. The stockpot's propriety blend of stainless-steel with full aluminum core regulates heat quickly and thoroughly.Securely riveted easy-grip handles on the stockpot and colander stay cool and the precision-pour, rolled-edge rims protect the integrity of the 9-qt. stockpot with colander insert over time. With a built-in steam vent a - Specifications Made in Portugal Material: premium, professional-grade stainless-steel, aluminum core 9-Quart Model: SSP3200-26 Capacity: 9 qt. Use and Care Dishwasher-safe, but hand washing recommended Heat-safe to 500 F read more

Le Creuset Tri-Ply Stainless-Steel Stockpot with Colander Insert, 9-quart - 9 Quart - Le Creuset Stainless Steel
Belk
$99.99 $139.99
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KitchenAid Fruit/Vegetable Strainer with Food Grinder Set. Quickly and easily strain fresh fruits and vegetables, grind fresh or c...ooked meat, and more with this fruit and vegetable strainer and food grinder set. A strainer cone, strainer tray and splash shield fit onto the included food grinder attachment for straining or pureeing fruits and vegetables into foods like jams, sauces and baby food. Two stainless steel grinding plates (FINE and COARSE) are included with the Food Grinder Attachment. Grind raw or cooked meat and dried brea read more

KitchenAid  Fruit/Vegetable Strainer with Food Grinder Set
Boscovs.com
$7.99 $19.99
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This metal 5 Quart Red Colander from Cuisinart is perfect for straining pasta, vegetables, and more. It features cast Stainless St...eel handles that have been riveted for strength and durability. Hand wash only. read more

Cusinart 5 Quart Red Colander 5 Quart, Red
Belk
$14.99 $30.00
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Prepara COLANDER SET PURPLE. This perfectly portioned colander is ideal for all incredible edibles - fruits, berries, mushrooms, g...reens, and much more. It's farm-to-table eating made clean, convenient and stylish. Soak and rinse your fresh produce in the fast draining colander, then display and enjoy your healthy harvest in the sophisticated presentation bowl. read more

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Belk
$14.99 $30.00
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Prepara COLANDER SET RED. This perfectly portioned colander is ideal for all incredible edibles - fruits, berries, mushrooms, gree...ns, and much more. It's farm-to-table eating made clean, convenient and stylish. Soak and rinse your fresh produce in the fast draining colander, then display and enjoy your healthy harvest in the sophisticated presentation bowl. read more

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Belk
$14.99 $30.00
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Prepara COLANDER SET GREEN. This perfectly portioned colander is ideal for all incredible edibles - fruits, berries, mushrooms, gr...eens, and much more. It's farm-to-table eating made clean, convenient and stylish. Soak and rinse your fresh produce in the fast draining colander, then display and enjoy your healthy harvest in the sophisticated presentation bowl. read more

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Wayfair Supply
$243.75 $375.00
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Blanco 224387 Features: -Drain pasta or freshly washed fruits and vegetables.-Fits all Blanco Precision Microedge models.-Precisio...n collection.-Product Type: Colanders.-Collection: Precision.-Finish: Stainless Steel.-Distressed: No.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Country of Manufacture: United States.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 3.5.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 10.625.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 19.562. read more

Blanco Precision Colander 224387
4AllVitamins
$24.99 $42.99
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This 4-Piece Accessory Kit makes the Roma Food Strainer & Sauce Maker the most versatile tool in any kitchen. Make your own salsa,... strain the seeds from strawberries to make your own jellies, or create puree for pumpkin pie from scratch. All three accessory screens are made of the same high grade stainless steel as the standard Roma screen. The Grape Spiral allows the Roma to strain grapes while separating the seeds and skins for homemade juices, great for the home wine maker. Screens also sold separately. read more

Roma Tomato Strainer Accessory Kit by Weston
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