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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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Gourmet Standard

Sturdy stainless steel colanders feature side handles so you can avoid steam burns when straining hot food.

Chefs Cooking
$19.95
at Target

Colanders & Strainers - Multi-use 18/8 stainless-steel mesh colander set in 3 graduated sizes takes the stress out of rinsing food...s. With 3 versatile sizes in one colander set, you can easily rinse and drain rice, lentils, legumes, berries or fruits.... read more

Frontgate

Premium, baked on finish. Cast metal handles. Hand wash. Fluid and dynamic, the Savora Stainless Steel Colander is patterned in a ...vortex of perforations that imply movement. ?? 1.5-quart colander nests inside full-size colander for storage. . . . Imported. read more

Frontgate

Premium, baked on finish. Cast metal handles. Hand wash. Fluid and dynamic, the Savora Stainless Steel Colander is patterned in a ...vortex of perforations that imply movement. ?? 1.5-quart colander nests inside full-size colander for storage. . . . Imported. 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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CHEFS
$39.95
at Target

Find Sifters, Strainers And Separators at Target.com! CHEFS Stainless-Steel Mesh Strainers, Set of 3 . . Fine-mesh stainless-steel... filters and strains liquids and foods hands-free. . . CHEFS Stainless-Steel Mesh Strainers are ultimate kitchen multi-taskers -- filtering, straining and skimming with fine-gauge mesh. These basket strainers trap lumps and particles from sauces, purees, juices, preserves, stock and soups. Rinse vegetables, berries, fruits and grains. Fine mesh strainers sift dry ingredients for baking and dust baked goods with powdered sugar or cocoa. 4" and 7" Dia. With single-mesh bowl for lighter foods and sifting. 10" Dia. Double-mesh basket strainer ideal... Color: Light Silver. read more

Culina

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. Infinite uses, great results every time Whether 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. reliable construction for utilitarian use Professional grade nylon make Culina strainers sturdy, they endure daily, utilitarian use. They are also characterized as firm enough that each size can scoop a nice amount of any ingredient and still hold up beautifully without tears. 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, does not create unpleasant after taste or have an adverse chemical reaction. Space-saving storage and excellent gift idea! 4" to cover all your needs and sit atop a great variety of recipients from a coffee mug to a Salad bowl. When time comes to put the kitchen tool away, they won't take up any space as each nylon strainer nests up nicely within the next. It's also an excellent gift idea, so share the delight!. read more

All-Clad

If you're looking for the perfect tool to strain liquid from solids, try the All-Clad Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer. The ergonomic... handle makes this strainer easy to grip and use, and it is durable so it can withstand straining boiling liquids. read more

WMF

Durable stainless steel with a satin finish beautifully frames this fine mesh strainer. This contemporary and versatile kitchen to...ol is ideal for straining vegetables, sauces and small pastas, but can also double as a sifter. read more

WMF

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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Kitchenaid
$11.26
at Amazon

This KitchenAid red pasta scoop colander is the perfect tool for rinsing various fruits and vegetables. The handled strainer makes... scooping and draining pasta, vegetables or shrimp a snap! features a strong, large capacity scoop and "lip" that rests over the pot edge allowing for hands-free straining. Made of plastic. Dishwasher safe. read more

Good Cook
$11.74
at Amazon

Colander, Plastic 11" Extra large, heavy duty plastic colander is perfect for pasta.

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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Joseph Joseph

Meal prep is a breeze, thanks to this colorful Joseph Joseph square colander. PRODUCT FEATURES Handle provides a secure, comfortab...le grip. Perforated design ensures fast and efficient draining. Square corners make emptying rinsed foods practically... read more

ArchiTec
$10.79
at Target

Find sifters, strainers and separators at Target.com! Rinse off vegetables or strain foods using this white colander from architec.... The molded handle is easy to grip, and the colander can hold up to four quarts. Made of durable plastic, the colander... read more

Joseph Joseph

Square corners on this Joseph Joseph colander make emptying rinsed food easier and more precise. Product Features: Vertical draina...ge holes allow liquids to drain away quickly and efficiently. Single vertical handle ensures stability and leaves one hand... read more

Joseph Joseph

Meal prep is a breeze, thanks to this colorful Joseph Joseph square colander. PRODUCT FEATURES Handle provides a secure, comfortab...le grip. Perforated design ensures fast and efficient draining. Square corners make emptying rinsed foods practically... read more

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Norpro

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 y...our 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
KitchenAid??
$99.99 $139.99
at Belk

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 are included with the Food Grinder Attachment. Grind raw or cooked meat and dried bread using the fine p read more

KitchenAid  Fruit/Vegetable Strainer with Food Grinder Set
Savora
$39.99 $65.00
at JCPenney

This colander is elegantly designed and boasts a striking, polished stainless steel body making it perfect for food preparation or... as a stunning centerpiece. perforations are designed in a vortex pattern to allow food to drain or ventilate durable, polished handles help provide a sure grip pedestal base elevates colander Stainless steel. Measures 11.43x9.68x6.73"H. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

Savora Colander
Savora
$39.99 $65.00
at JCPenney

This colander is elegantly designed and boasts a striking, polished stainless steel body making it perfect for food preparation or... as a stunning centerpiece. perforations are designed in a vortex pattern to allow food to drain or ventilate durable, polished handles help provide a sure grip pedestal base elevates colander Stainless steel. Measures 11.43x9.68x6.73"H. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

Savora Colander
Savora
$39.99 $65.00
at JCPenney

This colander is elegantly designed and boasts a striking, polished stainless steel body making it perfect for food preparation or... as a stunning centerpiece. perforations are designed in a vortex pattern to allow food to drain or ventilate durable, polished handles help provide a sure grip pedestal base elevates colander Stainless steel. Measures 11.43x9.68x6.73"H. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

Savora Colander
CHEFS
$19.95 $24.95
at Target

Find Sifters, Strainers And Separators at Target.com! Durable mesh colander set with 3 multi-use sizes strains food as small as ri...ce, and drains fruits and vegetables hands-free. Multi-use 18/8 stainless steel mesh colander set in 3 graduated sizes takes the stress out of rinsing foods. With 3 versatile sizes in one colander set, you can easily rinse and drain rice, lentils, legumes, berries or fruits. Durable side supports, flat bottom and footed base adds the strength and balance for draining a full pot of green beans, pasta or potatoes safely and hands-free. With stainless steel oversized loop handles, each mesh strainer is easy to grip and transport. Contoured handles... Color: Light Silver. read more

Chefs Set of 3 Stainless Steel Mesh Colander
CHEFS
$19.95 $24.95
at Target

Colanders & Strainers - Multi-use 18/8 stainless-steel mesh colander set in 3 graduated sizes takes the stress out of rinsing food...s. With 3 versatile sizes in one colander set, you can easily rinse and drain rice, lentils, legumes, berries or fruits. Durable side supports, flat bottom and footed base adds the strength and balance for draining a full pot of green beans, pasta or potatoes safely and hands-free. With stainless-steel oversized loop handles, each mesh strainer is easy to grip and transport. Contoured handles rest securely on rim of pot to blanch vegetables or rim of bowl to strain yogurt or stock. Top-rack dishwasher-safe. Nest to store. 5-cup, 7 1/2-cup and 11 1/2-cup.CHEFS signature collection of professional-quality cookware, kitchen tools, bakeware, dinnerware, serveware and more is meticulously crafted and tested to delight the most discerning cook. CHEFS commitment to innovative, functional design is the key to delivering products of exceptional quality, performance and durability for home a - Specifications Material: 18/8 stainless-steel mesh, rim, side supports and handles Small Size: 7 3/4??? Dia. x (10???L w/handles) x 3 1/2???H Capacity: 5-cup Weight: 7.3-oz. Medium Size: 8 3/4??? Dia. x (11???L w/handles) x 3 1/2???H Capacity: 7 1/2-cup Weight: 8-oz. Large Size: 10??? Dia. x (12 1/4???L w/handles) x 3 1/2???H Capacity: 11 1/2-cup Weight: 9.6-oz. Care and Use Top-rack dishwasher-safe Nest to store read more

Stainless-Steel Mesh Colander, Set of 3 - set of 3
Prepara??
$14.99 $30.00
at Belk

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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Prepara??
$14.99 $30.00
at Belk

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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Prepara??
$14.99 $30.00
at Belk

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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