Surprisingly Practical Uses for Your Colander

In the kitchen, at the playground, and in the bath -- colanders are one handy item!

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Prevent grease splatters
Sick of cleaning grease splatters on the stovetop after cooking burgers? Prevent them by inverting a large metal colander over the frying pan. The holes will let heat escape but the colander will trap the splatters. Be careful! The metal colander will be hot — use an oven mitt to remove it.

Heat a pasta bowl
Does your pasta get too cold too fast? To keep it warm longer, heat the bowl first. Place a colander in the bowl, pour the pasta and water into the colander, and let the hot water stand in the bowl for a few seconds to heat it. Pour out the water, add the pasta and sauce, and you’re ready to serve.

Keep berries and grapes fresh
Do your berries and grapes get moldy before you’ve had a chance to enjoy their sweet taste? To keep them fresher longer, store them in a colander, not a closed plastic container, in the refrigerator. The cold air will circulate through the holes in the colander, keeping them fresh for days.

Corral bathtub toys
Don’t let the bathtub look like another messy toy box. After each bath, corral your child’s small playthings in a large colander and store it in the tub. The water will drain from the toys, keeping them ready for next time, and the bathtub will stay tidy.

Use as sand toy
Forget spending money on expensive sand toys for your budding archeologist. A simple inexpensive plastic colander is perfect for digging at the beach or in the sandbox.