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This Expandable Colander Keeps Pasta, Fruits, and Veggies Out of the Drain in Any Sink

“I honestly can’t remember what I did without it.”
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If the thought of your freshly cooked pasta or ready-to-eat berries touching the sink gives you the heebie-jeebies, you're not alone. Depending how often you clean it (especially that garbage disposal), you might imagine the kind of germs lurking in the sink area. Unfortunately, many strainers and colanders sit so low that backsplash seems a little too close for comfort. To solve the issue, Amazon shoppers have found a colander that fits nearly every sink and keeps their foods high and dry—or high and rinsed, rather. 

Holding your food at the perfect height is Blue Gingko's Over-the-Sink Colander. The basket can expand and retract to fit any size or shape of sink—yes, even round ones—and makes kitchen tasks, like straining and rinsing, easier to complete since it sits above the basin rather than inside it.

To buy: Blue Ginkgo Over the Sink Colander, $15 (originally $17) at amazon.com.

Like the over-the-sink fit, the hands-free design also prevents a lot of typical colander mishaps. Sliding, slipping, and one-handed pasta pouring will be things of the past. It helps, too, that the colander's holes are large enough for consistent drainage but small enough to keep food in, as one customer noted: "I was worried the holes would be too big for smaller grains but I was able to strain medium-ground bulgur wheat with this!"

And the BPA-free plastic is heat-resistant, too, so pasta night can commence without losing any tortellini down the drain. But straining and draining aren't the colander's only purposes. 

Some shoppers utilize it as a convenient drying rack, too, for organizing and keeping track of smaller cutlery and cooking utensils. "This has become one of the most used, and most loved, helpers in my kitchen," explained one reviewer who uses it in several ways. "I find myself using it for something new every day! It's versatile, durable, and easy to maintain….I honestly can't remember what I did without it. It doesn't take up a bunch of space, but holds a ton!"

It comes in classic colors that match nearly any kitchen—gray and white—as well as fun tones, like bright yellow, pastel pink, and teal. So on top of simplifying culinary tasks, buyers also love that it adds a fun "pop of color" to their cooking space.

Even if you already have a colander you share a love-hate relationship with, it's worth purchasing this one to replace, or supplement your usual go-to. "Listen, I hate buying things I already own," began a shopper. "I've been using this dinky little colander for years," they noted, adding it was a constant source of burns and always took up space. "This guy? He's perfect. I have all of the space in my sink, I don't get burnt because I don't need to hold it and it slides into itself so it gets compact. I'm annoyed I didn't buy it sooner."

Kick your unhelpful colanders to the curb and swap them in for something designed to last through all your straining, draining, rinsing, drying, and washing. Shop all five colors of Blue Gingko's strainer on Amazon now for $15.

This story originally appeared on foodandwine.com.