Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Reviewing The Can Strainer

What Is A Can Strainer?

I am fairly certain that you know what a colander or strainer is in the kitchen. They are usually a bowl shaped tool that we use often in cooking. Straining the water off of pasta comes to mind. What in the devil is a can strainer, then? Well, it is a handy dandy little tool that I did not even know that I wanted until I got one as a gift. Now, I use it quite often! 

Many times in the cooking process we are using a canned ingredient in the recipe. It could be a can of crushed pineapple and the recipe says to separate the juice from the pineapple and set the juice aside. In the past, I partially opened the can and drained the juice into a bowl or measuring cup by applying pressure on the lid. That could get messy and for goodness sakes it is a real pain to then get that lid back up and out of the way. I would have to use a butter knife or something to pry it up. I found out the hard way that using your fingers is not a good idea! Those can lids are sharp!

Well, let me tell you, that is no longer a process that I have to deal with. I received a can strainer as a gift one year and now the process of draining liquid out of a can is easy peasy! Just remove the lid and place the strainer over the can and turn upside down. Voila! Drained with no muss or fuss!

Have a can that is larger around than the strainer? A can of tuna? It might look like you won't be able to use this little gadget, but think again. Flip the strainer the other way, flip the can upside down and apply pressure to the strainer, badda bing badda boom the liquid is drained out and you have dry tuna.

You Don't Have To Wait...

I was lucky enough to get my little can strainer as a gift but you do not have to wait for someone to give you one. You can purchase one for yourself. 

You even have an option of getting a different color if the white doesn't appeal to you. I have seen them in a turquoise and even stainless steel. I just love my little can strainer and honestly do not know how I managed without one for all of those years. Well, I do but it was a pain. Now, I don't have to worry about cutting my fingers on the can lid and there is never any food that spills out of the can when I drain it.

I usually buy several at a time and hold them for when I have a bridal shower to go to or a housewarming gift to give. I just add them in with whatever else I am giving. One year, I placed one in the canned goods I was donating for the local food pantry drive.

The can strainer is one of those handy dandy little gadgets for your kitchen that you probably would never think of getting for yourself but once you have one, you find you use it all of the time. Clean-up is a breeze! It is dishwasher safe and once cleaned is ready for the next time you need to drain a can of ingredients. It does not take up much space to store, either. I keep mine in my little gadget drawer near the sink.


Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article.

6 comments:

  1. What a really nifty kitchen gadget! I can't believe I have never noticed these little strainers in the stores before. I still drain cans by carefully playing their lids slightly off centered on them and draining the water or juice. I won't tell you how often that lid slips and I spill the contents of the can into the sink. This little strainer will be so much easier and I ordered mine from your link immediately. I'll probably be looking for cans to open and drain the day it comes in :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh, Beverly, what an awesome kitchen gadget! I use the "press the lid" method to drain cans, too, and my experience is exactly how you describe (and how Cynthia described in her comment) - what a pain and, too often, what a mess! Your can strainer is now on my Amazon shopping list. Thanks for your excellent review!

    ReplyDelete
  3. These little gadgets come in so handy. I've got one myself.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Like you, Beverly, I discovered the convenience of a can strainer not long ago when I got one myself. They are very handy 'kitchen aids' to have! :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I usually use a dish, larger pan or even my hand. This is a neat little gadget every kitchen should have. Pinning & sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. This really does seem like a must-have kitchen tool now that I know about it. I can't tell you how many times I've been cut.

    ReplyDelete