8 Handy Colander Uses You’ve Never Thought of Before
This list of colander uses proves that there's more to this handy kitchen tool than draining pasta.
For perfect fluffy rice every time—use a colander! Rinse the rice in a metal colander until the water runs clear, then boil the rice in a pot of salted water for five minutes. Next, put the rice back in the colander to drain. Refill the pot with an inch of water and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and then place the colander full of rice on top of the simmering pot. Cover the colander with foil and let steam for 10 minutes.
Sifting helps break up clumps and aerate the flour, resulting in a smoother dough. A flour sifter or a fine mesh strainer work best, but if you’re in a pinch, you can use a colander. Hold the handle with one hand, then gently tap the colander full of flour with the other.
Prevent Grease Splatters
If you’re cooking something with oil in an open skillet, like bacon or fried chicken, use a metal colander to block the splatters. Invert the colander and place it on top of the pan. The holes will stop the spray of grease but still allow steam to escape. (Here’s how to get grease stains off your kitchen walls.)
A potato ricer makes the creamiest mashed potatoes; but if you don’t have a ricer, use a colander. It’s a little more labor-intensive, but will get the job done. Press cooked potatoes through the holes of the colander using a spatula.
Removing the leaves of fresh parsley, theyme or cilantro can be a tedious task. To make the job easier, thread the stems of the herbs through the colander’s holes and pull. Done! The leaves will stay inside the colander, and the stem will neatly tear away.
Keep Flies Away
Going on a picnic or eating on the patio? Bring a colander or two. Invert a colander and place it over each dish to keep flies and other bugs away.
German Spaetzle are delicious, tender dumplings that can be made with a Spaetzle maker—or a colander. With a wooden spoon, press dough through the colander holes until small pieces drop into boiling water. Cook for two minutes or until the dumplings float.