Bellemain Micro-perforated Stainless Steel 5-quart Colander-Dishwasher Safe
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- RICE AND SPAGHETTI WON’T FALL THROUGH THE HOLES: A big improvement over both old-fashioned colanders with gaping holes and mesh colanders. They drain fast and won’t clog up with food.
- QUICK DRAINING MICRO-PERFORATIONS: Tiny, closely spaced holes mean your food drains fast without having to tilt the bowl. The stable draining ring base won’t tip over and won’t leave your food sitting in a puddle.
- RUST-PROOF DISHWASHER SAFE 18/10 STAINLESS STEEL: You'll be impressed with the quality of the heavy duty steel with riveted handles. Designed to stand up to the rigors of a professional kitchen.
- STRAIN EVEN TINY GRAINS AND PASTAS: The holes in this colander are small enough that you can strain most beans, pastas, and grains as well as fruits and vegetables without any worries.
- HEAVY DUTY STEEL TO LAST A LIFETIME: High quality steel for a colander that is thicker and more durable than any colander you’ve ever had. Easy cleanup - just run it through the dishwasher.
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No more watching your spaghetti or rice slip through the holes. No slow or incompletely draining water. No worries about warping, scratching, rusting or tipping over. Whether you're boiling pasta, steaming vegetables or washing fruit, the Bellemain Stainless Steel Colander simply makes your life easier.
Micro Holes Keep Tiny Grains from Falling Through
Less than 1/16" in diameter, the Bellemain's perforations prevent even cooked rice and orzo from going down the drain. And while you might think water would drain more quickly if the holes were larger, actually the opposite is true.
Closely Configured Holes Drain Water Faster
Why does water go through mesh strainers so fast? Because there is less solid surface to slow it down. That's the principle behind the Bellemain's mesh-style perforations. The entire bowl, from the bottom to the rim, is perforated, so there's nowhere for water to get trapped.
Solid Ring Base Won't Tip Over
The problem with colanders that have separate feet is that if one foot lands in the sink drain, the whole bowl tips over. The Bellemain's base is one solid circle of stainless steel that keeps the colander safely level.
Dishwasher Safe, 18/10 Stainless Steel
Every part of the Bellemain is solid, practically indestructible stainless steel, so you can expect many years of trouble-free performance. When you've finished draining your cooked or washed food, just throw it in the dishwasher. What could be easier!
Top customer reviews
The first photo is uncooked Quinoa and as stated the holes are too large however I haven't tried any cooked Quinoa to drain.
Uncooked Rice did fall through. The second photo is of uncooked Barley and no problem there an Orzo had no issues either.
Update October 24, 2015: The more I use this colander, the more I love it. It's holding up well and is sturdy. I have a small kitchen, so I'm attaching a picture of how I store mine in on the side of my refrigerator.
I use this almost daily and on most days I use it multiple occasions. In addition to washing grains & produce; straining pastas, yogurt, cheese; I also use it to strain homemade stock. Because of the ample size, it holds an entire chicken carcass along with the bounty of produce used in making stock. Prior to this, my stock process was messier and more time-consuming. Because of its ample size, stainless steel construction and elevation, I've used it to steam 5 ears of corn in a large stock pot. I also use it for cooking pasta and for blanching vegetables. I love lifting out the colander to rinse and drain pasta in the sink. When blanching, it's so convenient to plunge the vegetables in colander directly into an ice bath to halt the cooking process - it fits nicely in an 8 quart mixing bowl. Because of it's multiple uses, I end up taking out fewer kitchen tools resulting in less cleaning and counter clutter.
This colander is lightweight yet sturdy. The handles are secure under heavy load and the bottom ring sits evenly and nicely elevates. Cleaning is a breeze because it's stainless steel and there's nothing to snag. I own a silicone colander which for some reason is more difficult to clean when oil or grease are involved. Because the entire bowl is micro perforated, it dries quickly. Despite is frequent use & washing, i've seen no signs of rust.
I've gone through numerous kitchen utensils over the past ??? decades and praise few. I am demanding but not neglectful of my kitchen utensils and am confident that this colander will provide many many years of useful service and remain an attractive on display.
I wholeheartedly recommend this Bellemain Stainless Steel Colander to anyone who's shopping for a colander. There's nothing cheap about it except the price that I paid, LOL. FYI, it was $16.95 at the time of my purchase.
No sharp edges, welds are uniform and solid. the holes are well-shaped and cleanly cut. Handles are functionally sized and the base ring is tough. Unit is stable even loaded up with potatoes. But it really does an excellent job with pasta. Drains fast, allows for flipping and turning.
Keep in mind that this is a more "cup" shaped strainer as opposed to a more widely flared "bowl" shaped colander. This means it's deep and holds a lot of stuff. It is a bit tight if you're washing and handling fluffy greens like kale.
Overall, very pleased with all aspects of the Bellemain strainer.