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A stainless-steel colander

A colander (or cullender) is a kitchen utensil used to strain foods such as pasta or rice or to rinse vegetables.[1] 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 usesEdit

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

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

See alsoEdit


  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.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Colanders at Wikimedia Commons
  •   The dictionary definition of colander at Wiktionary