Asked by: Darina Altenstrasser
asked in category: General Last Updated: 23rd May, 2020

Why is it called a colander?

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. The word colander comes from the Latin colum meaning sieve.

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In this regard, when was the colander invented?

Colanders have been used for thousands of years, and specimens have been found that date back to at least 1300 BC. Colanders are typically used over a sink, although a catcher, that is sometimes especially designed and paired with the colander, may be used if liquid flavouring or the like is wanted for other purposes.

Additionally, what is the difference between a colander and a strainer? A strainer is really a catchall name for any type of, well, strainer. It is usually fine mesh and bowl-shaped, good for rinsing a pint of berries or draining pasta. A colander is typically a larger bowl-shaped strainer, often with bigger holes (although that's not always the case).

Subsequently, one may also ask, why is it called a chinois?

Chinois is French for Chinese, and it is whimsically so named because its cone shape resembles a coolie's hat. Before blenders and food processors, or even the more sophisticated food mills came on the scene, generations of kitchens contained large and small cone-shaped chinois in the cupboards.

What is another word for colander?

ːl?nd?) Bowl-shaped strainer; used to wash or drain foods. Synonyms. cullender strainer.

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