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Okay, so I'm not the best cook in the world. I have a tiny kitchen, which I loathe, and I cannot wait to move house. In the meantime, I have to make do with what I have. When it comes to cooking, the portions are generally small, as there are only the three of us. Often, I may just cook something for myself or my son. This means I don't need huge kitchen tools in order to make and serve food.
I don't generally go out of my way to look for kitchen wares. In fact, I only buy the bare minimum basics, as I don't believe in buying kitchen goods for them to just take up space, which is limited. The problem is, I frequent Amazon often, and generally come across quirky items that I wouldn't knew existed, and would never need either. However, having said that, some quirky things can be fun. I do consider purchases carefully, in order to try not to waste money. When I happened on the Joseph Joseph Scoop colander, I knew I had to have it. I had never heard of the brand before, or seen any of their wares. I could see that this was a good piece of equipment that looked like a good quality item.
To begin with, the Joseph Joseph range produce fun and colourful kitchen utensils that makes cooking and serving food easier. The vibrant colors and fun design is what got me. The colander is available in different colors including green, black or red. I went for the green one, and not because it was the prettiest, but because it had the biggest discount at the time. I liked the green, but price always wins over. With a hefty discount, I was swayed into buying the colander. At the RRP of £10, this is something I would have admired but not actually purchased.
Check on Amazon for prices and grab a bargain. I paid under half the RRP and just taking a quick look I can see the current price on Amazon is amazing. Be quick - grab a bargain! When the colander arrived I was happy to see it was, in fact, a good quality item that looked the business. Lightweight, being constructed from toughened nylon and a good size measuring in at approx. 34 cm by 12 cm by 5 cm. It can be hung up to be part of the kitchen, or stored away when not in use. I have nowhere to really hang it, so it sits on top of the cutlery tray.
It is marketed with the idea that it is ideal for scooping out hot food from a pan without the need to lift or drain off hot liquids. The colander can be submersed into temperatures up to 240°C/480°F, impressive. This makes it ideal for serving hot foods right from the pan without struggling with draining. Great for serving small portions and plating up with ease. It can be used to scoop out deep fried foods or boiled foods, making it a great little tool to have in the kitchen.
I often have to make pasta for my son, as it is one of his favourite foods. Making a small serving of pasta means that I can easily scoop without having to remove the hot pan from the stove. The water drains away quickly, and the food remains in the colander and is easy to serve onto the plate. It is also great for scooping boiled vegetables from the pan with ease, leaving the pan in situ to cool. This also helps to save time when you want to get the food straight onto the plate, and avoids burning fingers.
Another use I have for this trendy colander is for washing small fruits. When I have a generous handful of grapes or blueberries I can easily place them into the colander and rinse them under the running tap without losing any. This is one of my favourite uses for it. I love the fact that it is small, yet it holds a good portion of anything you want. The design being a scoop makes it ideal for serving as well as straining or rinsing foods. The long handle makes it easy to manage without having to come near hot pans and the likes.
This is not just a quirky kitchen utensil; it is a functional tool that has many uses. The compact size is great for storing, and easy to use with the long handle. The realistic size makes it easy to wash also. I have always needed a colander for such tasks, but find they are cumbersome, difficult to use and take up too much storage space. This means that a regular colander usually becomes redundant for these reasons. The quirky design and neat concept of this colander scoop is a good one. It makes serving and preparing food easy and fun, with the added benefit of being able to scoop and strain hot foods.