Bought a collapsible collander the other day!

Discussion in 'Kitchen Appliances, Cookware, Gadgets & Cookbooks' started by Shermie, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    Colasible colander..jpg Collapsible colander 2.jpg

    It's so cute! Stores flat when not in use. :wink:
     
  2. Karen W

    Karen W Active Member

    Location:
    Over the Rainbow
    Looks similar to mine, except they are flat on the bottom so they stand up. I have a large one and a small one. They're silicone. I'm not sure, but I think you can use them as a lid for pots, in a saucepan to steam vegetables, or in the microwave. Don't think I want to chance it, though. They definitely save space
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2018
  3. MrsDangermouse

    MrsDangermouse Senior Member

    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    We have a similar one (the stand up version) that we use in our motorhome - I find it's ok, but can be a bit slow to drain and the things at the bottom don't really dry off. Storage is great though as it collapses down flat. :okay:

    At home (where storage space is less of an issue) I tend to use a sieve instead of a colander as I feel they drain thing better. My favourite one is this one from Ikea - its kind of a cross between a sieve and a colander, and it can either stand up or you can extend the handles and suspend it over the sink.
     
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  4. Karen W

    Karen W Active Member

    Location:
    Over the Rainbow
    Yours looks like a fine mesh sieve. Yes? I have one of those, but wouldn't it take a long time for anything to drain? The collapsible colander works great for draining hot pasta.

    Shermie, now you can use your heavy metal colander as a lamp shade. LOL
     
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  5. MrsDangermouse

    MrsDangermouse Senior Member

    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    I'd describe it as a medium mesh sieve, but in my experience sieves (fine or wide mesh) drain much faster than any colander.

    Maybe because colanders have more "body" than "hole", whereas a sieve is probably 50/50 body to hole, or maybe even more hole than body? I'm not sure on the physics of it, but all I know is that draining for example a pan of potatoes or pasta in a sieve is almost instant, whereas with any colander I've tried (I have two metal ones plus the collapsible one in the motorhome) you have to wait for the water to make it's way out of the holes, and then it still doesn't drain completely and the bottom bit always stays slightly wet :(
     
  6. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.

    Hah!! :wink:
     

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