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Colanders & Strainers Buying Guide

Getting the liquid out -- that’s the main function of a colander or strainer in your kitchen. While it’s 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 can’t 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.

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

CHEFS
$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 rest... Color: Light Silver. read more

OXO
$28.49
at Target

Find Sifters, Strainers And Separators at Target.com! Easily drain your pasta or rinse your vegetables in this large 5-quart stain...less steel colander from OXO. Nonslip base keeps your food safe from the floor. Soft-grip handle makes picking it up and pouring the water out easy, even when draining something hot. You can safely wash this colander in the dishwasher, so cleanup is easy. Color: Ss. read more

OXO

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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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

BergHOFF
$29.99
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

BergHOFF
$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

Sunbeam

Stainless Steel. Easy grip handle. Wire mesh is rust-resistant. Ideal for straining pasta and vegetables. Manufacturer lifetime wa...rranty. 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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Kitchenaid
$13.27
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

Squish
$24.99
at Target

Find Sifters, Strainers And Separators at Target.com! Effortlessly drain vegetables, fruit, pasta and more with the Squish 6-qt. E...xpandable colander. Its ergonomic handles have non-slip grips that are comfortable to hold while draining. This plastic colander has a glossy finish and collapses for easy storage. Dishwasher safe. read more

OXO
$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

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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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Kitchenaid

KitchenAid Fruit / Vegetable Strainer & Food Grinder Use the included FGA food grinder to grind meat and other soft foods, or atta...ch the FVSP food strainer attachment (included) to the food grinder to make sauces and jellies, such as tomato sauce, jelly, jam, apple sauce, and more. Both attachments are included in this kit. Model: FVSFGA Features: Works with Included Food Grinder to Puree and Strain Fruits and Vegetables Quickly and Easily. Use Only with Soft or Cooked Foods. Fits all Kitchenaid Mixer models 1 Year Limited Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty The FGA Food Grinder attaches to the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, then the FVSP Food Strainer attaches to the food grinder to extend it's usefullness to make sauces and jellies. The # FVSFGA includes the FGA Food Grinder and the FVSP Food Strainer If you only want to grind meat and other soft foods, and do not need to strain seeds out for sauces or jellies, then you can buy the FGA seperately. The Kitchenaid Food Grinder attachment includes Stomper, Coarse and Fine Plates for Grinding Meat, Firm Fruits and Vegetables; the food strainer attachment includes grinding worm/auger, strainer cone, strainer tray and splash shield. See image above. Click For Other Kitchen Aid Attachments 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

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
$99.99
at Sears

This versatile tool attaches right to your KitchenAid Stand Mixer and uses the power of its motor to strain and puree fruits and v...egetables with total ease. The fruit and vegetable strainer uses the help of the food grinder to break down ingredients, while the strainer cone removes any peels, leaving you with finely pureed fruits or vegetables. read more

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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
Old Dutch International
$26.19 $53.99
at Sears

Decorative and functional. Makes a handsome fruit-filled centerpiece as easily as it drains a pot of pasta. Copper- Plated Stainle...ss Steel, clear tarnish-resistant finish (must be removed for food use, instructions included). read more

Old Dutch 9 Dia. Décor Copper Footed Colander/Centerpiece
Old Dutch International
$53.43 $99.99
at Sears

12" Décor 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
Chef Buddy
$26.46 $44.99
at Sears

Each of the Chef BuddyT Colanders features easy-to-grip handles and a stable base to hold it steady. These three nesting colanders... are made from stainless steel for quick draining of everything from pasta to fruits and vegetables. Features include: High quality non-magnetic stainless steel Steep sides to hold large quantities Hollow handles for a comfortable grip Footed base for a stable hold on surfaces Dishwasher safe and easy to clean 20, 24, and 28 cm diameters read more

Chef Buddy Colander Set - 3 pc Stainless Steel Strainer Set
Roma
$44.99 $75.00
at JCPenney

This cone-shape strainer is the best way to prepare pulp-, skin- and lump-free sauces. Use the pestle to help push ingredients thr...ough the mesh. ideal for sauces, pures, soups, jams, jellies, mashed potatoes and baby food mashes and sieves soft foods stainless steel construction chrome support stand solid wood pestle Metal. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

Roma Stainless Steel Strainer and Pestle 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
Cooks
$29.99 $50.00
at JCPenney

Add a splash of color to your kitchen with this 3-piece colander set. durable melanine perfect for draining pasta and rins...ing fruit use to store vegetables on your countertop colanders nest for easy storage 3-piece set includes: 1½-quart colander measuring 10¼x7?x4?"H 3-quart colander measuring 11?x9¼x5"H 5-quart colander measuring 14¼x11x6"H Melamine. Dishwasher safe on top rack. Imported. read more

Cooks 3-pc. Colander Set
Zak Designs
$19.60 $28.00
at Stage Stores

Add a touch of whimsy and color to your kitchen with the Zak Designs Garden Series Daffodil Colander and Dew Bowl. This cute set f...eatures a large floral-shaped colander to hold fruits or veggies and a handy drip bowl to catch excess water. Simply rinse your favorite produce in this colander and enjoy. Featured in orange/yellow 22-oz. Dishwasher safe, do not microwave Imported read more

Designs® Garden Series Daffodil Colander and Dew Bowl

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