Good Product: Collapsible Wire Basket

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Collapsible colanders came up last week, and while looking around for a good one, I ran across this Stainless Collapsible Wire Basket ($3.95, Lehman's).

One of the first challenges of a small kitchen is finding multi-use tools. I don't have enough room for a huge mixing bowl and a stockpot; one big stockpot plays double duty. This product is a classic expression of that spirit.

It collapses flat, like the popular silicone colanders, but its stainless steel construction lets it be used as a fruit basket, steamer, and colander, and it takes up even less room than the still-bulky silicone versions. Plus, who can beat that price?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.