This colander comes in a bright red color. It has holes in the sides as well as in the bottom, making it easier and quicker to strain your food. It has a stainless steel bottom, not a silicone one, which means that it has a solid shape that won’t bend with the weight of the food. Neither will the colander be disfigured while in use, nor will the food at the bottom touch the sink. This sturdy utensil is also dishwasher safe, and won’t rust.
It collapses to a third of its size, roughly to an inch, and assumes the dimensions of a large dinner plate. Therefore, storing it is way easier than storing a large, bowl shaped colander because traditional colanders can take up to a whole section of a cabinet whereas a flat, thick disk can be stashed anywhere, taking up a lot less space.
Multiple sizes in one
Also, its folding mechanism allows you to use it for three sizes: 4.5”, 3” and 1”, so you can ‘un-collapse’ it all the way if you are washing or draining large quantities, or you can open it half-way if your needs are less. You can even use it at its flat 1” for washing some lettuce if you’re making yourself a sandwich.
It can withstand high temperatures so it can double as a steamer. So if you need to steam some veggies, you can just pop them in this. It will save you the hassle of tipping the pot over and will certainly lessen the chance of those pestering burns you can get while straining.
The bottom silicone ring has three thick, sturdy silicone feet which support the colander a little bit off the surface on which it rests. This means that if you put the colander in the sink and drain your pasta, the liquid won’t slosh back inside like it would do if the colander were to not have supporting feet. Additionally, it won’t slip and slide (like many colanders do because of their plastic or metal footing) because the silicone footing provides more friction as it’s a type of rubber.
The handles, although stainless steel, have an interior of silicone. So even if the top metal ring heats up, you can safely use your colander because the metal is surrounded by heat-proof silicone. The handles are a tad small, though, and the interior silicone padding can get displaced. So make sure the silicone is safely in place, and that you have a good grip, before you lift the hot colander.
Size of the holes
You are good to strain anything in this colander, from your leafy greens and fruit to your pasta and rice. Since it has holes, and not a mesh, so washing small grains like rice or quinoa might be a problem as they will likely escape through.