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Oneida Expanding Colander: Must-Have Kitchen Tool

Updated on February 24, 2011

Do you frequently cook pasta, rice and other foods that require draining? Do you like to make sure that the produce you bring home from the grocery store is completely clean before you place it in the freezer?

Do you find the idea of placing a food strainer or colander directly on the base of the sink where you wash dirty dishes to be somewhat nasty? If so, you’ll be really excited to discover the expanding colander made by Oneida.

What is the Oneida Expanding Colander?

The Oneida Expanding Colander is designed to be an over-the-sink food straining tool. Rather than having a base on the bottom of the unit, as is common with traditional colanders, this kitchen tool has arms on the side that are designed to suspend the straining bowl above your sink. It provides a convenient way to drain and clean foods in a sanitary manner.

The phrase “expanding colander” is an apt description for this product once you understand exactly what it is that does the expansion. The food straining area is not what expands; it is a fixed shape basket that measures 13 ¼ inches by 9 inches. The handles are what expand. There is a handle arm attached to the each side of the colander that slides in and out to accommodate to the size of your sink.

Using the Oneida Expanding Colander

To use the Oneida Expanding Colander, simple pull the sliding arms so they extend far enough to stretch over your sink opening. Once you have done that, simply drop the colander into place. The arms will keep the bottom of the colander from touching the surface of the sink.

You can pour boiling cooked pasta, rice, potatoes or other foods into the colander and the liquid will simply strain away and go down the drain. You can also place fresh produce into the colander basket and pour, run or spray water onto the items and allow the liquid and surface contaminants to strain through and wash away down the drain.

The basket of the Oneida Expanding Colander is made from high quality stainless steel. The handles are fashioned from Santoprene. The entire thing is dishwasher safe, so it is easy to clean in between uses. Simply place the unit into your dishwasher with other dirty cookware and serving pieces and run a normal cycle. When it is dry, simply store in a cabinet or pantry, or hang from a pot rack. It will be clean and ready to go the next time you need to strain cooked food or wash fresh product.

Acknowledgement: Thank you to Oneida for providing me with an opportunity to review this product.

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