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RSVP Precision Pierced Stainless-Steel 5-Quart Colander

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  • 18/10 stainless steel construction with 5 quart capacity
  • Great for draining pasta, rice and steamed vegetables
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Package Quantity: 1 | Size: 5-qt.

This awesome pierced colander will drain water away, WITHOUT losing bits of food. Holds up to 5 quarts (4.7 L) Made of high quality stainless steel Measures 11" diameter Footed base keeps colander 1" off surfaces You'll never lose a particle of Couscous or Quinoa again ! Rated a Cook's Illustrated Favorite Sept/Oct. 2001 Note: this sale is for one 5 quart colander only. The other colander pictures is for representational purposes only.

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Package Quantity: 1 | Size: 5-qt.
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000BUDDVM
  • Item model number: PUNCH-5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,613 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Size: 5-qt.Item Package Quantity: 1 Verified Purchase
Even though it drains quickly and stuff doesn't get caught in the perforations, there's one thing I wish they would change on this colander. The base is a solid piece of circular metal, so the water that flows out of most of the holes ends up accumulating in the sink instead of going down the drain. (I hope that makes sense the way I've described it.) If you've got a giant sink that lets you place this NEXT to the sink drain instead of on top of it, maybe this won't be a problem for you. But I've got a double sink and the colander pretty much has to perch right above the drain because there's not a lot of room. Not fun when you're pouring out a bunch of hot pasta water! I wish the base had four sturdy FEET instead of a solid circle. When they make it that way, I'll give it five stars. :)

UPDATE, Oct 1, 2010: I've gotten a lot of comments on this review, and yesterday F. Navi mentioned that the OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless-Steel Colander looks like a terrific alternative to the RSVP colander because it has the FEET that I wished for. I haven't purchased it myself, though, but I wanted to include a link for you here. I can already see one drawback to it (for me, anyway) -- I use one of the loop handles on my RSVP colander to hang it on the wall by my sink, and I wouldn't be able to do that with the OXO's rubber grip handles. Ah, well!

Hope this update helps. :)

UPDATE, Nov 30, 2010: A new comment came in from C.J., wishing for more photos. I added three to help illustrate the drainage issue that I originally described. Look for them under the main product image and click to read the captions.
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I purchased this colander after reading a review from Cook's Illustrated and it is everything they said. The great number of very small holes drains everything well but doesn't let any of the item being drained fall through. Very sturdy, easy to clean and well worth the cost.
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Every once in a while, something will come along that represents such a brilliant re-implementation of a basic tool that it makes you wonder why on earth it wasn't done that way in the first place--or at least why it took so long to change. This colander does that for me.

This is the first durable colander I've seen that has incorporated the rapid drain ability of a sieve (the other way around, a self-standing, largish-capacity sieve, is an old idea). While I agree that this is the best small-capacity colander ever, there is room for improvement.

PROS:
-- Self standing
-- Sufficiently large to handle one pound of dry pasta, cooked
-- Sturdy but light: heavy-gauge stainless steel construction throughout, including handles
-- Fast draining
-- Easy to clean and dishwasher-safe

CONS
-- For both safety and comfort, I want bigger loop handles
-- It may be "simply elegant," but it also seems expensive for a basic utensil of this capacity
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Cooks Illustrated was right when they chose this colander as their favorite - the small holes keep the food in while letting the liquid out. It's a great size, and a must have in the kitchen. I've gotten rid of my other colanders - I only need this one. Beware, though, it arrived in an unpadded light cardboard 'envelope' and was dented. I was able to knock out the dents, but for the shipping cost, they should use a box.
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OK, first let's establish the fact that I am an extremely picky guy. Things that other people find acceptable, annoy me, especially when it comes to quality tools. To start, this is an expensive colander in my book. Therefore, I expected it to be above average. In some ways, maybe it is.

First, as many have said; Yes, the holes are quite small. It drains fast and well, and you don't lose your orzo through the holes. It is obviously made by stamping a gazillion holes into a piece of stainless steel, and then forming it into the bowl shape, and adding the rim, base, and handles. Oh, excuse me, according to the description, the holes are "precision pierced!"

But, there, in that process lies what I consider a flaw. In stamping out the holes, they use a punch press fitted with a "tool and die" that pushes a gazillion small round pins against a sheet of stainless steel under which is a "bed" with holes to match the pins. It works just like a paper punch, except it punches all the holes at once. So, metal being somewhat malleable, deforms ever so slightly on the top when the punch pushes on it before it gives way and is cut through. Therefore, the top (in this case the inside of the colander) has a nearly microscopic bevel around each hole. That's a very good thing, because it makes the colander extremely smooth on the inside.

BUT, the opposite side of the sheet of stainless steel undergoes exactly the opposite effect. When the little round blank gets pushed out into the die, a microscopic edge is raised all around the hole as the waste piece is pushed through. This means that there is a tiny little sharp raised edge around each hole on the outside of the colander. When you run your hand over it, you can clearly feel it.
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