One of the things I reach for most in my kitchen, besides my electric kettle and chef's knife, is a plastic colander. I picked it up about a year ago mostly because its small size and bright green color were charming. Little did I know how often I'd use it.I keep this favorite tool hanging from a hook over my sink--its small size means that it's always handy. It's the perfect fit for rinsing a box of berries, or a bunch of fresh herbs or a half-dozen hard boiled eggs. Lined with cheese cloth, it strains a quart of yogurt perfectly.
I especially appreciate the little rim on the bottom with tiny gripper dots that holds the colander place in a sturdy, reliable way. The flared edge with handles on either end means I can hook it over the inside of a bowl and capture what ever is being strained.
I've even used it as a serving piece when I noticed how lovely a basket of cherry tomatoes looked after rinsing. Visitors are always admiring it and I've purchased several as gifts. All-in-all, this is an amazing kitchen helper and it costs less than $10!
How about you? Is there something ordinary in your kitchen that has an extraordinary usefulness?
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(Image: Dana Velden)