LiveFresh Micro-Perforated Colander, 5 qt
Last updated date: February 7, 2020
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The small holes on the LiveFresh Micro-Perforated Colander, 5 qt are nearly as effective as mesh at straining smaller foods, but are less subject to clogging. The pores drain very quickly, and the handles are made of the same sturdy stainless steel as the body. The entire colander is rust-proof and safe for dishwashers. In our analysis of 73 expert reviews, the LiveFresh LiveFresh Micro-Perforated Colander, 5 qt placed 1st when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
Stop watching your pasta and grains slip through the holes of your colander. No more slow or incompletely draining water. Don’t worry about broken handles, warping, tipping over, poor drainage, or rust again! With The LiveFresh premium stainless steel large colander, now you can own a rapid draining 5 Qt colander that won’t tip over and is perfect for any straining task. It is ideal for steaming fresh vegetables, boiling a pot of spaghetti, or rinsing 5 quarts of hand-picked fruit. Does your Colander meet your expectations? MICRO-PERFORATED HOLES Our lightweight steel has very small 1.8 mm holes cut into a close mesh-style pattern that allows the water to drain rapidly and stops cooked rice or small pasta from falling through. And while you might think water would drain more quickly if the holes were larger, actually the opposite is true. The entire surface of our colander is covered with micro-perforations for maximum draining, so there’s nowhere for water to get trapped. HEAVY DUTY STEEL Our colanders are 20% thicker than any other colanders. A thicker colander means it won't easily warp or get damage when you accidentally dropped or pushed it. RIVETED HANDLES Our premium handles are riveted to the bowl so it will never come off! You'll never have to worry about handles coming off or a freak accident due to excessive weight contents in the colander while holding it. SOLID BASE WITH DRAINAGE PORTS Colanders with feet can easily tip over when placed on an uneven surface. Our top-quality solid ring base provides a sturdy and stable foundation that will not upset on any surface. After straining or rinsing fruits, vegetables or pasta, you can put the LiveFresh Colander on any surface while you work on something else. DISHWASHER SAFE Our colanders are dishwasher safe. Just run it through the dishwashwer or under running water for a few seconds and you can use it again instantly! LIFETIME SATISFACTION Make this the last colander you’ll ever buy! Our premium stainless steel strainer is engineered to last a lifetime with unmatched strength and durability – at a bargain sale price. All Materials are FDA Tested and Approved. We take pride in our product and stand by it with a 100% Manufacturer’s Money-back Promise. If it's not what you hoped it would be, simply return it and get a full refund. Hassle free, no questions asked. A MUST FOR ANY KITCHEN... LiveFresh Over the Sink Micro-perforated Stainless Steel 4-Quart Colander with Non-Slip Handle Grips and Rubber Feet - Handles Extend to Fit Any Sink With an extendable non-slip handle grip and rubber feet, our micro-perforated stainless steel oval colander strainer basket can rest over the sink or stably on any flat surface. So while you’re busy preparing other ingredients, you can just rest this colander strainer basket on your countertops or on top of the sink without worry of it tipping over or falling in. LiveFresh Food Strainer Set - Premium Fine Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainers, Colanders and Sifters Crafted for Quinoa & Amaranth with Comfortable Non Slip Handles - 3 Sizes Be more efficient in the kitchen and always have the perfect size strainer when you need it! Get all 3 of our premium strainers (7-5/8”, 5 1/2” and 3”) for a bargain price and be ready for any task at-hand. LiveFresh Unbleached Cheesecloth with 50' All-Natural Unbleached Cooking Twine and Cheesemaking Guide - Grade 50, 2.5 Yards When you buy our 2.5 yard (2.1 sq. m) pack, it includes 10% more yards of cheesecloth and 50 feet (15.2 m) of our premium-grade, all-natural unbleached cotton cooking twine FOR FREE. Normally you’ll buy the cooking twine separately but we’ve included it here. That’s more value for your money! Now, you will always have enough twine on-hand.
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An Overview On Colander Sets
Some of us have a favorite kitchen tool for everything. A go-to pot for boiling pasta, a failsafe steamer for rice, a pan that gets our veggies just right every time. But there’s one bit of kitchenware essential for all those dishes: The humble colander.
If you’ve somehow been straining the water out of your food with a strategically-placed plate up til now, you should know that a colander is a container that’s lined with small holes. They’re generally bowl-shaped and the size of the holes might vary from minuscule mesh to large and decorative, but the purpose of any colander is to allow water or other liquids to drain out of and away from your food.
This simple process of gravity and filtration doesn’t lend itself to a lot of innovation in the design of colanders, but there are definitely some features you’ll want to look for in this heavily-used tool. First of all, the shape. Most colanders are bowl-shaped, though you’ll find some “over-the-sink” models that are wider and might even be shaped like a pan. They have long handles on either side that are meant to let it suspend itself over your sink, straining your food into the drain while you take care of other prep. While this can be great for certain meals, they’re generally not as versatile or easy to pour from.
The classic bowl shape will generally come with “feet” or a raised base that can vary in height. This lets it sit above the liquid that drains out of it. In that sense, it does the work of draining just as easily as an over-the-sink colander — as long as you’ve got room in the sink.
Both sides can be constructed from a variety of materials. The most common is definitely stainless steel, for obvious reasons. The rust-proof properties of this go-to cookware alloy are invaluable when you’re in contact with lots of food and water. The size and spacing of the holes will vary a lot, but they’ll tend to be around an eighth to sixteenth of an inch. That makes them great for most types of pasta, meat and veggies, but maybe a bit too large for rice or other grains.
Mesh strainers, like the Cuisinart Fine Mesh Strainers, set of 3, are basically woven steel wire with a pinhole-sized space in between. They’re generally used for draining those smaller grains or berries, and mesh strainers will sometimes have longer handles that (along with their lighter weight) make them easier to maneuver around. In most cases, though, this construction doesn’t allow for the raised base that other colanders have. And depending on the construction, mesh colanders might be prone to dents or warping.
A growing amount of colanders are made of plastic or silicone. There’s a lot of benefits to this type of material, including feather-light weight. Some silicone colanders are even collapsible, making them much easier to store than other types. On the downside, they’re not generally as durable as steel, may melt in boiling water and they won’t drain as quickly since the material doesn’t lend itself to smaller holes with tiny spaces in between.
Some fancier “heirloom” colanders might be covered in enamel or porcelain, with steel or plastic underneath. These will hold heat fairly well, and there’s nothing quite like the look of decorated porcelain. Just make sure you handle them with care: Any chipping of the outer layer will ruin the look and possibly expose the steel underneath to rust.
Whatever type of colander you buy, it’s always worth paying a little more for durability. As we said, it’s one kitchenware tool you’re likely to use for multiple meals a week.
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Like most simple tools, the colander has more applications than one. When you’re done using your colander to drain your pasta and veggies, you can also use it to:
- Store your berries. Keeping a colander full of rinsed berries in the fridge helps them stay aerated, reducing the chance of mold.
- Keep the flies away. Don’t want to share with the wildlife while you’re eating outside? Simply plop a colander upside-down over your dish.
- Grow a garden. Put some moss into an old colander, fill it with dirt, and voila: You’ve got a great medium for houseplants or herbs to grow in.
The Colander Set Buying Guide
- Whether you’re going with stainless steel, mesh, plastic or some combination of the above, size matters. If you’re only getting one colander, make sure it’s roughly the size of the largest pot you own. Both the LiveFresh Micro-Perforated Colander and the Bellemain Micro-Perforated Colander, 5 qt can handle up to five quarts, perfect to pair with your biggest pot. That way, you’re covered no matter what dish you make.
- Of course, big colanders open up a whole storage problem. Collapsible colanders, like the Learja Collapsible Colander, set of 2, are just perfect for campouts or filling out the smaller kitchen cabinets of mobile homes. Some colanders come in sets of more than one, which is ideal for a kitchen tool that you’ll use as much as this one. In those cases, look for colander sets of multiple sizes that nest inside one another, so you don’t give yourself additional storage problems. If those colanders come with a variety of different hole sizes, so much the better.
- Going with plastic colanders? Take a look at the type of plastic, and whether it’s able to consistently stand up to the heat of boiling water (212° Fahrenheit). Even if it will, you’ll want to also make sure they’re BPA-free. BPA, or bisphenol A, is a chemical used in the construction of polycarbonate plastics, although it’s less common. Which is a good thing, since it can leach into foods that are heated, contributing to a host of health concerns.