- a metal or plastic container with a perforated bottom, for draining and straining foods.
Origin of colander
Examples from the Web for colander
Like the colander, in use since ancient times, it is an example of a kitchen technology that has stuck.
The table fork is far less time-honored than such objects as the colander, the waffle iron, the bain-marie.
Strain the marinade through a colander, reserving the liquid and reserving the bacon, vegetables, herbs, and spices separately.Fresh Picks
November 17, 2010
Use the back of the spoon to press the eggplant flesh against the side of the colander to remove excess water.Into the Heart of Turkey
September 28, 2010
Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid before draining the spaghetti in a colander.Eco-Chic Safari
July 27, 2010
The cheese-vat should have holes in it all over like a colander.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
Had I obeyed my own impulse, I should have been riddled like any colander.Recollections
David Christie Murray
Strain from it, through a hair sieve or colander, all the liquid.No Animal Food
Rupert H. Wheldon
Let it boil for five minutes, then drain them in a colander.The Italian Cook Book
Boil the inside part in about ½ a cup of water and put through the colander.365 Luncheon Dishes
- a pan with a perforated bottom for straining or rinsing foods
Word Origin and History for colander
mid-14c., coloundour, probably altered from Medieval Latin colatorium "strainer" (with parasitic -n-) from Latin colatus, past participle of colare "to strain," from colum "sieve, strainer, wicker fishing net," of uncertain origin. Cognate with French couloir, Spanish colador, Italian colatojo.