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A typical household colander
A plastic colander

A colander (or cullender) is a bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with holes in it used for draining food[1] such as pasta or rice. A colander is also used to rinse vegetables.

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.

Conventionally, colanders are made of a light metal, such as aluminium or thinly rolled stainless steel. Colanders are also made of plastic, silicone, ceramic, and enamelware.[2]

The word colander comes from the Latin colum meaning sieve.[1]

Other uses

Pastafarian protester wears a colander while showing an icon of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The colander in the form of pasta strainer was adopted as a religious headgear of the religion Pastafarianism in obedience to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Colander (2011)". Merriam-Webster. 
  2. ^ Colander. Published 02/12/2007. Updated 10/15/2010. Web. Retrieved 11/30/2012 from
  3. ^ "Pastafarian protester carries an icon of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at Piazza XXIV Maggio square in Milan, Italy, on June 2 2012". Wikimedia Commons. 
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