There are some things in life we don't question. Unlike tying your shoes, where you might use the loop, swoop, and pull method or the bunny-around-the-tree method, the kitchen colander leaves little to interpret.
Up until this point the colander seemed like something that needed minimal directions, if any at all. Like IKEA directions! First, place in sink; second, dump in pasta. It seems unquestionable until you see this alternate method that had me looking for the face-palm emoji!
Why haven't I been doing this my entire life?
Over at Refinery29 we ran across this brilliant way to use your kitchen strainer or colander from Twitter user Daibellaaa. Instead of placing it in your sink and pouring your cooked pasta in, try placing it inside your pot, inverted-side down, and then head to the sink!
The water simply pours out and your pasta is left in the pot. Ingenious! This obviously isn't the only way to get the job done and won't be as easy to do when working with small pots and large colanders, but all the same it feels like an easy method that saves a step when you plan on returning the noodles to the pan anyway.
Sadly, this reverse method never occurred to me, which seems shocking because I am the type of person who forgets to get dishes out of the sink before the pasta is ready to be dumped. I probably won't make a habit out of this method, but there's a good chance I'll be testing it out immediately.