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In my kitchen I have various shapes and sizes of sieves but one day my boyfriend was doing a Sunday roast and wanted to drain some potatoes and started whinging on at me about me not having a colander. Me, well I hadn't given a colander any thought to be honest till he moaned about having a lack of one so when I was last in Ikea and was just having a mooch about the place when I spotted this I thought this could be the answer to the whingebags prayers and bought it and was pleased because not only would this be something he wanted but also it only cost me £1.70! I bought this in the white colour option though it was also available to purchase in a light blue shade at the time I made my choice.
Made of Polypropylene plastic this is a shiny white bowl which has a diameter of 24cm and a height of 15cm. It isn't a small colander but it is lightweight and smooth in its plastic appearance. To each side of the top of it there are integrated handles which turn down so are very simple to use, to the bottom of it lots of cut open but thin slits (to let liquid drain out of, of course!) and then right at the base of the bowl there are little stumps of little plastic that act as feet so it can stand well unattended etc.
Being of a good size this gets a lot of use in my home. I eat a lot of salads so its great for me to stand it in my sink and rinse and wash lettuce in it and so on, my boyfriend washes dirty potatoes in it, I drain pasta, drain off potatoes and fluff them a bit in this before roasting them and its simply brilliant. It is simple to wash out by hand but if you have a dishwasher you can pop it there too as its safe to do so.
I was slightly concerned that this may melt being used with hot food and whilst I wouldn't shove this anywhere near a naked flame or in a microwave or anything like that it hasn't and it can certainly take hot foods in without any melt down or general signs of wear and tear
I never use food stuff within it that may stain it as I have no need to so my colander looks as good as new and its thumbs up all the way to Ikea for making this fully functional colander that not only looks nice and is of a nice big size but also that's its cheap to buy and still of excellent quality. You may not think you need one but get one and you'll soon, like me realise that you were very wrong indeed lol.
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We've had this colander for over a year but I think with some items it is worth waiting to see if they are reliable before reviewing them.
The Flackig colander was a whim purchase at our local Ikea, it cost £1.70 and seemed like a decent punt, we have a metal colander but it had started to rust through the dishwasher. The Flackig is plastic and can be hand washed or cleaned with a dishwasher and has shown no sign of wear or tear.
It is totally white, made of plastic with dipped sides to help you hold it, it doesn't heat through so can be held when draining boiling vegetables or pasta into it. It is 24cm wide by 15cm in height so can handle around 600g of pasta in one serving with ease, it is hard wearing and hasn't struggled with heavy items.
In terms of draining it does the job as well as could have hoped, it drains water quickly, without fuss and the handles mean that unlike our metal colander it doesn't conduct the heat. The handles also allow it to be placed conveniently over pots, bowls and pans when required if you want to keep the items in the colander or allow sauce or flavoured water to drain into something else.
We've found the entire Ikea collection reliable and great value and would definitely recommend it, we tried to buy another of these recently but couldn't find it, it may simply have been out of stock.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys cooking but doesn't want to spend the earth on kitchen utensils, good value, reliable and hard wearing, this is a simple but effective item which I thoroughly recommend.
As a big fan of pasta a decent colander is a bit of a kitchen essential for me! I used to have a stainless steel one, which I "acquired" after living in a shared house during my student days, but when we moved house a few years ago we decided to get a new one - and where else to go but good old trusty Ikea! This is available in white or blue, and I have the blue version.
Clever by design
The colander has a really simple design, but it is actually cleverly done. All one piece of plastic, it is shaped at each side to make a slight curved handle. It is really easy to hold, and even when full of freshly cooked pasta it is comfortable to hold without digging into hands or fingers at all.
At the base of the colander are several long, vertical slits to let the boiling water out.
Down the drain
So the main thing I use this for is pasta or noodles, although I also use it to drain veggies, and even to rinse of tins of kidney beans, or lentils and so on. And in general it works great. There are enough holes that the boiling water drains away quickly so there isn't loads of shaking about to do - even if you have a large quantity of food in there. As there are no holes at the sides there isn't any danger of splashing or anything like that so it feels safe and easy to use.
But a couple of minor negative points. The slits, although narrow, can let thinner items suck as linguine or fine egg noodles escape - so exercise caution if using any skinny food! Also, depending what you are draining, residue can sometimes get left behind around the holes - for example if you drain any quite soft vegetables, mushy bits can get left behind - more so than with the metal colander I used to have. But to be honest these are both really minor complaints and neither thing particularly bothers me as it's really easy to wash. And although you can pop this in the dishwasher I find a wipe with a soapy sponge does the job just fine.
Good as new
I've now had this colander for several years and I probably use it on average twice a week - and it really does look as good as new. No scratches, no dents, no marks - it's definitely free from any wear and tear.
So all in all this is another five-star Ikea product. It's cheap, well designed and does the job really well. What more could you ask for?
*** This colander is available in white and blue and currently costs £1.69. It is 24cm in diameter and 15cm high, is made of Polypropylene plastic and is dishwasher safe. ***
I bought this Ikea Flackig colander as a short term stop gap colander. All of our stuff was in storage between moves and I needed some cheap basics to tide us over, a colander being one of those basics. My husband would say that we didn't need a colander, he would just have used the pan lid at an angle to drain the pasta or the vegetables, but I'm a little bit fussy and I wanted to get a cheap colander temporarily, untill our stuff arrived.
This is just a basic white, no frills plastic colander for the absolute bargain price of £1.69. It is dishwasher safe.
To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this colander as it was so cheap, as long as it tided me over that was all that mattered really. However I've actually been really impressed with this colander, I'm still using it one year after the move and I've even bought myself another one as well, as two colanders come in quite handy if I've got lots of different vegetables on the go.
This colander is really lightweight and so therefore it is easy to handle, even when it is full. It has two sturdy curved grips on the sides to hold it and to carry it with. It has little ridges on the bottom to enable it to stand upright on the worktop, or in the sink when you are draining something. It is a really generous size so you can easily drain a large pan full of pasta or potatoes. Both of my colanders have been in the dishwasher loads of times and have not discoloured or warped at all.
All in all I think that this colander is absolutely brilliant value for money, you can't complain at just £1.69, especially as it works so well. I actually even prefer this colander to the one that I was waiting on coming out of storage, a very expensive stainless steel colander from Marks & Spencer. The M&S one has actually been relegated to the back of a kitchen cupboard now, and I use my Ikea ones all the time now instead.
When I was in my student days, I used to buy most of my kitchen equipment from Ikea but I found the quality reliable and good enough that I still continue to use it. I always love a bowl of pasta but for a while, I was living without a collander and it was becoming a bit of a nightmare not being able to drain the pasta properly which is why I decided to head down to Ikea as I was sure they'd have a cheap answer. The colander I went for is the Flackig colander which is a really good price and I chose the one in white as I'm sure it comes in other colours.
With colanders, they all have different shapes etc as some have circles to drain the water but this has vertical cut out lines to drain the water. It is in the usual bowl like shape with the ridges at the bottom so that is stands upright. It also has two curved handles which are like curled over plastic at each side which makes it easier to hold really. It is a sturdy little colander and it is quite simple looking but easy enough to store away in the cupboard when not being used.
The colander is very light and easy to hold and when using it I just take it out of the cupboard and usually hold the colander over the sink while I tip my pasta into it. Being plastic, it doesn't absorb the heat so it is cool for hands which is good as you don't want to get burnt. The colander just needs a bit of a shake and most of the water will fall out from the slits. It is then easily cooled down right away by being kept in the sink and it is very straightforward and also keeps quite clean.
I always give it a good clean after use but it doesn't seem to get really dirty even though it is white. The colander being plastic should be fine but you have to be careful if you're silly like me as I took my colander out and had the hob on and I went back to find the heat was causing the colander to start to melt ever so slightly. So just be careful but I rinsed it under cold water instantly and luckily it hadn't lost its shape that much and was ok to still use.
I'd say compared to other colanders I've used before, this one is definitely good value for money. It is not the most top of the range nor is it stainless steel or does it have any fancy features but if it's just a simple colander to drain pasta that you need then this is fine. It is a really big colander so is a good size and I'd say it'd hold a LOT of pasta so if cooking for the whole family then this will definitely be suitable as I cook big bowls and it has a big enough capacity for me.
I don't really have any negatives to say about this particular colander as it stands upright, it has not broken and withstands the heat from the pan so really could not be any better if I tried. Maybe the handles could be a bit more prominent if I'm being really picky but otherwise it is a very good competitor and if you don't have one then you must try this model.
This is of course sold only in Ikea stores and is sadly not available to buy online at the current moment. If you are living near one of the main Ikea stores in the UK then you can easily buy one for the price of £1.69 which is a very low rate and it is not a lot to pay for an item that should last you for a very long time anyway.
To find out where your nearest store is located and to look closer at the Flackig Colander then go to http://www.ikea.com.