There is much more to a colander than draining pasta and tinned beans. In fact there and many clever and unusual way of using a colander.
Uses for a Colander
What do you use it for?
Some people call it a strainer. After all a colander is a metal or plastic container with a perforated, or slotted bottom (and sides) used to strain and drain food and vegetables.
But if you’re restricting your colander to pasta duty, you are definitely not using it to its full potential. So we are going to explore other uses as well as look in to some tips and tricks for good colander use.
Try some of these ideas to get more use from your colander:
- Wash stuff. Fruit, vegetables, silverware, whatever
- Drain canned foods.
- Keep fragile produce like fresh Berries, grapes, mushrooms, in a colander in the fridge. They won’t get moldy, so they’ll last longer. The cold air will circulate through the holes in the colander, keeping them fresh for days.
- Grow sprouts. You could get a cheap plastic colander, and use it to grow sprouts. You’d always have fresh ones to add to stir fry or salads.
- Use Colanders to Heat Pasta. To keep it warmer longer, heat the serving bowl first. Place a colander in the bowl, pour the pasta and water into the colander and let the hot water stand in the bowl for a few seconds to heat it. Pour out the water, add the pasta and sauce, and you’re ready to serve.
- Removing the leaves from herbs. You know it is a fiddly business to remove the leaves from herbs like parsley, oregano or dhania. When you need say half a cup of herbs for soup or pest. You can make the job go more quickly by threading the herbs’ stems through a colander’s holes and pulling them. The leaves will stay in the colander to rinse and you can just toss the stems.
How to Clean a Colander or Strainer
No need to stress over cleaning your strainer. The steps below will help you to remove even the dry, difficult debris that can make strainers seem impossible to clean.
You Will Need:
- A Sink with a plug or large bowl
- Dish liquid
- Scrubbing brush or old toothbrush
- Dish cloth
This isn’t rocket science – you need to soak the colander in warm, soapy water and then clean it with a brush to get to all those tiny little bits of grime.
When this is done, turn the strainer upside-down and hold it under a running tap to rinse away the soapy water and the loosened grime.
Dry with a clean cloth.
Tip: Clean the strainer immediately after you use it to prevent any residue from drying, making it more difficult to clean.
Another Tip: Whether your colander is metal or plastic, please set it in the sink when you pour something hot through it. Don’t try to hold the colander and pour hot stuff through it at the same time.
Best Colander for Rice
If you are reading this, you are probably wondering what the best colander is for rice.
In order to avoid using the wrong colander and potentially ruining your cooking experience and delicious rice meal, you need to take not of a few things when choosing your colander.
The size of holes in colanders is essential, especially when selecting a colander to be used for draining rice. This is because rice grains tend to be very small, and if your colander’s holes are too large, there is always the risk of rice grains falling through the holes and into your sink.
To determine what size the holes should be in a colander meant for straining rice, select a colander with hole sizes that fall between the size of a pinhead and the size of a pencil eraser.
Turn Yoghurt into Greek Yoghurt
Making your own Greek-style yogurt or yogurt cheese doesn’t require special equipment; all that really separates regular from Greek yogurt is liquid whey and lactose
Line the colander with cheesecloth, set it over a bowl, and fill it with yogurt or soft cheese. Refrigerate. You can easily drain (or even prepare) fresh ricotta this way or drain yogurt to thicken it.
Use Colanders to Organize Bath Toys
Don’t let the bathtub look like another messy toy box. After each bath, collect your child’s small bath toys in a large colander and store it on the edge of the tub. The water will drain from the toys, and they’ll be neatly packed away for next time.
An ordinary colander has many uses. At Household Plastic we stock a range of colanders. Come and have a look after lockdown.