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Clean Pantry

7 Trendy + Classic Colanders

When it comes to everyday tasks like rinsing berries, draining pasta 
or straining sauces, colanders and sieves are essential kitchen helpers. 
We tested an array of options from colorful to classic.

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Magikuchen strainer

1. Super Sieve

Magikuchen Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer 8-inch
For straining small items like rice and quinoa, a sieve with finer holes, such as this one, is the way to go. Its long handle in a burst of bright green is made of rubber to help prevent it from getting too hot. Bonus: It comes with a free bag for making homemade nut milks.

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space saver strainer

2. Space Saver

Squish 4-Quart Collapsible Colander in Light Blue/Blueberry
If you have limited cabinet space, this collapsible colander is the pick for you. Made of BPA-free silicone, it has wide handles for easy maneuvering and large holes around the sides for quicker straining. Because it has a self-standing base, it’s best to make sure your surface is clean if setting it down with food inside.


The classic strainer

3. The Classic

RSVP Endurance Precision Pierced Colander
This 5-quart colander is made entirely of stainless steel with a wide base for stability and handles that are easy to grip. Keep in mind that when draining hot foods, the handles can heat up.


one handed strainer

4. One-Handed

Joseph Joseph Square Colander
With a comfortable single handle, this 8½ x 4½-inch colander allows you to keep your other hand free – a convenient feature when multitasking in the kitchen. It has feet that allow it to sit above the sink surface and it’s quite stable. We adore the red, but it comes in a variety of bright colors.


5. Best of Both Worlds

OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless Steel Colander
This colander marries two materials – stainless steel for the main part that holds and drains your food and rubber-like handles and feet for easy gripping. This ensures your food only touches non-leaching material and the handles don’t get too hot when draining foods like pasta.


clever design strainer

6. Clever Design

Tovolo Soak & Strain Colander
For your ingredients that need to be soaked then drained, such as berries and greens, this two-in-one 5-quart tool makes it easy. Simply place your items in the inner basket and add water to soak, then tilt it over to drain the water. The two pieces come apart for easy cleaning.


double duty strainer

7. Double-Duty

Culina 8-inch Double Mesh Strainer, Stainless Steel, Wooden Handle

With a double layer of mesh to make sure none of your smaller items fall through, this sieve is a gem to have in your kitchen. We love that it has two hooks to stabilize it over a pot or a bowl.


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