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Large Fine Mesh Strainer
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. 

Large Fine Mesh Strainer

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. 

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  1. bunnyvictorious reblogged this from vrai-lean-uh and added:
    i love her. i also love my small mesh strainer, my large mesh strainer, and my middle sized plastic strainer.
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