This Snap-on Strainer Makes Draining Pasta and Potatoes So Easy

Reviewers call it a 'must have.'
By Aly Walansky
February 18, 2021
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Kitchen supply stores, real ones and the online ones, are filled with kitchen gadgets of all kinds. And while some tools are about adding pizzazz to the cooking experience, others shine just for making it possible to complete basic tasks faster and easier.

Many home cooks are doing their best with limited counter or cabinet space. Those in a small apartment or rental kitchen, for example, may not have room for a full-sized strainer in their cabinets, but they still want to be able to prepare budget-friendly meals with pasta or potatoes.

The Kitchen Gizmo Snap N Strain Strainer is great for all those reasons, but it is also a useful kitchen addition for those of us who are always reshuffling dishes in the sink at the last second to drain foods before they become too mushy.

This colorful gadget is a BPA-free heat-resistant silicone colander that can snap onto just about any pot or pan of any size to make straining neater and faster. It's small and compact (this strainer is about a quarter the size of the average colander). That's a dream if you're working with limited kitchen space.

While colanders and strainers are nothing new, this one is helpful for those dishes where you hope to reserve some water in the pot, and it is dishwasher safe, which makes for easier cleaning.

The reviewers seem to love it as well, with more than 11,000 ratings on Amazon, and almost three-quarters giving the strainer five stars. It also comes in easy-to-spot orange, green, purple, and red.

Users tout the strainer's versatility: "This worked so well for draining beef grease from my large 12" fry pan. There was no leaking what so ever like I was afraid of. It poured perfectly into a small cup. I also used it to drain hot water from boiling noodles for the same dinner!"

"When the pot is too heavy for me to hold to drain off the water, with this I can still hold on with both hands, and then when it is mostly drained, I set the pot in the sink to continue to drain (fidgety pastas)," shared another.

Credit: Courtesy Amazon

Buy it: $16; amazon.com

This story originally appeared on Allrecipes.