An enamelled colander

A colander (or cullender) is a kitchen utensil used to strain foods such as pasta or to rinse vegetables.[1] The perforated nature of the colander allows liquid to drain through while retaining the solids inside. It is sometimes also called a pasta strainer or kitchen sieve.

Conventionally, colanders are made of a light metal, such as aluminium or thinly rolled stainless steel. Colanders are also made of plastic, silicone, ceramic, and enamelware.[2]

The word colander comes from the Latin colum meaning sieve.[1]

Types of colanders

Mated colander pot
A mated colander pot showing the colander fully inserted into the bottom pot, and slightly lifted out of it
  • Bowl- or cone-shaped – the traditional colander
  • Mated colander pot[3]

Other uses

Pastafarian protester wears a colander while showing an icon of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The colander in the form of a pasta strainer was adopted as the religious headgear of the religion Pastafarianism in deference to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Colander (2011)". Merriam-Webster.
  2. ^ Colander. Published 02/12/2007. Updated 10/15/2010. Web. Retrieved 11/30/2012 from
  3. ^ " - Food Dictionary - Kitchenware - Mated Colander Pot".
  4. ^ "Pastafarian protester carries an icon of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at Piazza XXIV Maggio square in Milan, Italy, on June 2, 2012". Wikimedia Commons.

External links

  • Media related to Colanders at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of colander at Wiktionary

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