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After owning a big blue colander with a small lip at either side to hold on to, I saw this one and thought it would be easier to use, with the other one you could not empty things to drain off into the colander while holding it, I used to have to place the colander in the sink while I emptied the food to be drained out into it.
This one is different, its made fully of plastic as with most colanders, but this one has a difference, it has a longer handle, so now I can hold my colander by the handle while I empty the food out into it. This makes it a lot easier for me as I hated having to place it down in the sink before.
The colander does drain the food really well although you do have to give them a good shake for a few minutes, to make sure all the water is drained out. The colander is full of holes all the way to the top, so if you need to fill it up to near the top it will still drain them off very well. I only have ever used this for feeding 2 people and it seems just big enough to do that, so if it is for a bigger family you may need to do the draining in two separate goes.
I always go to a really cheap shop near me that sells a lot of household products really cheap and I picked this up from there for just £4 which I found very reasonable, although this may cost more in your normal shops.
My overall opinion
I really do like this colander it does a really good job of draining away all the water and its really easy to hold rather than having to place it down in the sink. I think the only problem some people may find is the size, as I said it would be too small for a larger family, but that can be easily sorted by doing 2 separate drains.
It drains the water off pretty quick and is really easy to use. I would not go back to the standard colander again, and I was so glad that I saw this one to buy. I would highly recommend this to anyone to buy, it makes your draining a lot easier.
So far the plastic seems really strong I have actually dropped this on the floor and it never cracked so it does seem pretty durable and for a good price too.
I was out with my darling other half a few weeks back getting some bits and pieces when we popped into one of our favourite places, an independent hardware shop called Pots n Pans. When I saw this colander in all its bright smooth silicone glory, I had an utterly girly moment and squealed to the point that my poor man had no choice but to indulge me and buy me it. He's lovely.
So I came home with a brand new and very funky colander for the pretty reasonable price of £6.49 (he paid though, so it was very reasonable to me). And of course I had to use it straight away, so much was my excitement. I used it for mixed veg and rice the same day and for pasta the day after (yep, I did decide what was for tea based on getting to use this for different sized foods!)
So, the biggest funk factor of this colander has to be that it's collapsible - when flattened it is only about 1 inch thick, meaning storing it is so easy. Not only that, but it's fun too - where will it fit? It's like a game. You simply push it out to open it (works sort of like a concertina), and it also has a hole at the end should you wish to hang it on a rack. The second funk factor has to be the colour. I love the cherry red, it is so vibrant and cheerful. It was also available in green, but I'm not sure if you can buy any other colours elsewhere. Coming in at third place on the funk scale is that it's silicone; heat resistant and so easy to clean, I find nothing sticks on it. A left behind forgotten piece of dried on pasta just came right off, leaving behind no tell tale sticky mark. Bringing up the rear, for me, is the fact this has a lip which lets you rest it on top of pots. I don't use this as I like a handled colander or sieve for speed so I don't need to rest it down at all.
The one I have is approx 8 inches diameter, and is plenty big enough for 2, though it may be a bit of a squeeze for a family. I believe these are available in different sizes though (they are also available as standing colanders, rather than long-handled). They have lots of holes in concentric circles and when the colander is expanded the rows aren't so close together. Drainage is pretty good though, our veg drained quickly and properly, though the pasta and rice did take a bit of 'shoogling' about. The holes are just the right size too, I only lost a few bits of rice to the plughole and no peas! Also, there was no food stuck in the holes after pouring it onto the plates.
As you can probably tell, I am very happy with this colander; it's cool, stylish, works really well and easy to clean. It also takes up next to no space, especially when compared to the bulky metal ones (though I do like a standing colander best for some foods since you can sit it in the sink). The only downside of the collapsible nature is if you press too hard when cleaning it by hand it starts to flatten. £6.49 I think is a decent price for this as it is a bit gimmicky. Though the gimmicks are useful, so it's worth it. I would definitely recommend this, treat yourself (or your mad partner) or buy it for the cook in your life, it would be a nice gift for them.