People Are Just Discovering the Right Way to Use a Strainer—Here’s How

Here's to no more sad noodles in the sink!

It’s never too late to learn something new, especially when it comes to kitchen hacks. We’ve learned quite a bit from our fellow humans over on TikTok, like how to easily get stains out of your plastic storage containers or even how to properly fill your ice cube tray. Pretty amazing, right? Well, our reliable TikTokers are back at it again, and they’re here to school us on how we should actually be using our strainers.

Wait—It Doesn’t Go in the Sink?

It’s your turn to make some delicious spaghetti and meatballs for the fam tonight, so you break out your best pot, fill it with water and grab your box of noodles. After you’ve thoroughly cooked your pasta, it’s time to strain. So, what do you do? If you answered with, “place it in the sink,” don’t worry, you’re not alone. Seems like we’ve all been doing it that way!

Our latest kitchen hack comes from TikTok user @johannawestbrook, and she’s here to set the strainer record straight.

@johannawestbrookI was today years old when I fount this out ##tiktokhacks ##lifehacks ##food ##foodhacks ##foodie ##fyp♬ original sound – johannawestbrook

In her video, Johanna explains that everything we’ve known about using strainers is a lie. We’re not actually meant to put the strainer in the kitchen sink before pouring. What we should really be doing is taking the strainer, placing it directly into the pot and then pouring the water out into the sink.

Less waste and less chance of burning ourselves! Do you know how many loose noodles I’ve lost to the cold, silver bottom of my sink? The answer is too many. Don’t miss our solutions to more pasta mistakes.

There Are SO Many TikTok Hacks to Try!

With more people staying home lately, it seems as though a lot of us have been trying things we’ve never thought to try before. TikTok has no shortage of trends and tricks to keep your kitchen looking its best. Did you know you can clean your dishwasher filter? What about deep cleaning your wooden utensils? There’s so much to keep you busy.

Happy hackin’!

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Melany Love
Melany has been writing food news for Taste of Home for four years. Her knowledge of current culinary trends comes from her extensive time spent on FoodTok and scouring Instagram for any unusual food, charcuterie design or coffee shop creation. Apart from freelancing, she has worked at bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Half Price Books and as a barista. She has always wanted a career in writing, and got her start at Taste of Home. When she’s not working, Melany is playing the latest video game, curled up with a book or spending time with her cats.