Today, in Kitchen Implements That I Love, the fine mesh strainer. This looks almost exactly like the strainer I have, but I have a hard time imagining that I spent nearly fifty dollars on a strainer. On the other hand, I use this thing nearly every day, so it was probably worth it even if I did.
I’m sure you can find a cheaper one out there, but make sure it’s large and has a fine mesh. Also, see the little mini-handle in the picture above, on the bottom left-hand corner? That’s really important, because it allows you to rest the strainer over a pot.
You can use this to:
- Rinse beans, grains, etc, including things that are very small, like quinoa. You want one large enough that you can fit a pound of beans in it.
- Drain beans, grains, pasta, etc.
- Sift flour (heh. I never sift flour except when I’m making biscuits.)
- Wash/rinse vegetables.
- Strain stock. You can use it once to get the big chunks of meat and vegetables out, then line it with cheesecloth or other not-super-tightly-woven cloth to do a second strain.
- Strain custards.
- SO MUCH MORE.
My mum doesn’t have one of these, which I forget almost every time I’m cooking at her house, and then I wonder how anyone could not have one of these because it is so useful.