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As you all are aware by now, I went a lttle mad buying new things for my house move after I got married a few months ago. We could justify buying some things as we got to move from a shared room in a rented house with a crazed housemate to an unfurnished place just for us- so it was worth buying stuff we really liked. Our criteria with buying things, was simply "it has to be BOTH useful AND beautiful" ( and cheap too). So... even my collander had to be a little quirky... Welcome to the world of Alessi!
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I was really pleased to find this online. We had spent many nights sat online googling (sometimes all night) and trawling through hundreds of ebay products looking for slightly cuter versions of basic things. I had not seen this on my "Alessi- seach by price/ lowest first (!)" search on ebay at the time. But I did find it on a kitchen ware site. It cost me £7 with free P&P which is superb for Alessi which holds its price well.
I have just checked again using Google and "Shopping Results" and this is on sale at a few online retailers ie (Pots and Pans or Cookware online) for £6.75.
I waited with baited breath for this to arrive- I bought it purely because it has "Feet" (cartoon style) but as I ordered it at around 4am after sitting up all night googling products to buy and making a wishlist, in the cold light of day I was a little concerned it would be rubbish when it turned up....
When it arrived about a week later, I was relieved to see I had made a good choice- It is a sort of cartoon blue colour (the photo is an accurate colour) measures 9.5 inches diameter, it is 12.5 inches at the widest part (includes the handle bits) and it is just under 5 inches high. So it is bigger than I had thought. Much bigger than those metal collanders you see that do not have handles so you burn your paws when cooking...
The product has three feet that look really cute, it has 7 rows of holes to strin liquid that come about a third of the way up the bowl section and it is a good size. It is around 4mm thick all over so it feels sturdy too.
I have since done some research and this was designed by Enzo Mari for Alessi (they have guest designers etc). Enzo studied visual perception then apparently focuessed his attentions on games for children (it shows).
It is made from "tough thermo plastic" and the descriptions I have read on line for this are it can be used for "straining almost anything" (the mind boggles)- so it is versatile. I like that is has a hanging hole on one size and it has two hand grips so you can keep your hands well out of the way and it is heat resistant so you can pour hot pasta in boiling water through this to strain and it will not melt and you should not melt your hands either.
This is far better than sieves or metal collanders that are lethal to use when pouring boiling water through them and are generally a little small (the last one we had was about 7 inches across and we had to buy burn spray for the kitchen and dropped many loads of pasta on the floor/ into the sink)!
I find when I am doing the washing up, this has a naturally oily feel to it, so I always mistakenly think it is oily and keep trying to wash it. I now know this is just the finish of the plastic and it is not constanlty dirty! Its not really a disadvantage- but a perception thing on my part.
Also- as it looks as if it has fallen out of the set of the Simpsons, although it is unlikely, it could appeal to children which would not be a good thing if you had poured boiling water through it and yourchild reched up and tried to grab this- so you may need to excercise some caution with children, hot water and this item.... On the flip side, you could use this when baking to encourage children to do things in the kitchen.. so the cartoon design could work both ways.
I adore this product. It is easy to find in the back of a cupboard as it is so bright and it cheers up the overall kitchen and adds the quirkiness that it has feet (so it is cute yet functional). It is a hugh quality product and I really don't think I will have to buy another collander ever. Well worth the price.