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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Cover top of colander with wax paper and set over sink to drain 24 hours.
▪ Drain in a colander, pressing the leaves to extract all the juice.
▪ Drain well in a colander and divide them among individual bowls or put them in a large soup tureen.
▪ For sauce, defrost the berries in a colander over a bowl.
▪ Line colander with clean piece of cloth and pour yogurt into it.
▪ Strain the liquid through a colander covered with muslin, and retain the liquid.
▪ Use colander to strain. 5 Tip peas into serving dish. 6 Get butter from refrigerator.
▪ When mussels have opened, drain them in a colander set over a bowl.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Colander \Col"an*der\, n. [L. colans, -antis, p. pr. of colare to filter, to strain, fr. colum a strainer. Cf. Cullis, Culvert.] A utensil with a bottom perforated with little holes for straining liquids, mashed vegetable pulp, etc.; a strainer of wickerwork, perforated metal, or the like.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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," which is of uncertain origin. Cognate with French couloir, Spanish colador, Italian colatojo.


n. A bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with holes in it used for draining food such as pasta.


n. bowl-shaped strainer; used to wash or drain foods [syn: cullender]


A colander (or cullender) is a bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with holes in it used for draining food 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.

The word colander comes from the Latin colum meaning sieve.

Colander (disambiguation)

A colander is a kitchen utensil for draining food. It may also refer to:

  • Anton Colander (1590 – 1621), a Saxon (German) composer and organist
  • David Colander (born 1947), a professor of economics at Middlebury College
  • LaTasha Colander (born 1976), an American track and field athlete

Usage examples of "colander".

The Doctor switched the CD player on and the colander hummed into life.

The colander was still on his head, the little light flashing away on top.

Cal back down with the leather coat stuffed between his teeth, while Hazel fumbled with the straps beneath the colander to keep it in place.

Boil in salted water twenty minutes, then pour into a colander and let cold water run over it, drain and chop fine.

Boil rapidly for twenty minutes with the saucepan uncovered, then drain in a colander, and serve with drawn butter or a cream sauce.

Boil until tender, and put through the colander, weigh the carrots, add white sugar pound for pound and boil five minutes.

Press through a colander and put into a pint of boiling milk, thickened with a tablespoonful each of butter and flour, dilute this with soup stock or chicken broth, and just before taking up add the yolks of two eggs well beaten and two tablespoonfuls of cream.

When perfectly soft, drain in colander, press out all of the water, rub the squash through a sieve and return it to the saucepan.

Let all simmer slowly for two hours, then put all through a colander, return it to the pot, heat to boiling, thicken with a tablespoonful of butter rolled in cornstarch, season with pepper and salt to taste and serve hot.

I happen to have a colander of my own, which came with the shack and has been lying fallow all this time.

Mrs Fulljames, again framed in the door, a colander smoking in her hands like a sacrificial bowl.

She proffered the colander towards him as if offering him extra helpings.

Each one maybe four blocks at the base, rising straight and featureless to spreading screens like the colander she used to steam vegetables.

Leaving it to drain in the colander, she went to the cupboard and took down a salad bowl.

Girls leave home every day, set up house, and buy dish drainers, colanders, and garlic presses, thus bringing a version of themselves into existence.