Strainer . Utensil formed by a cloth or a metal mesh with holes attached to a handle that is used, especially in cooking, to remove solid particles from a liquid or a substance, for example: when cooking pasta, a strainer is used to separate the pasta (solid) from your cooking brine (liquid), when cooking legumes, rice, etc.
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- 1 History
- 2 Materials for its construction
- 3 Physical characteristics
- 4 Variants
- 1 Chinese Strainer
- 2 Coffee strainer
- 3 Strainer made with stocking
- 5 Non-culinary uses
- 1 The strainer as a spiritual symbol of the pastafarian religion
- 6 Sources
The strainer was invented at the fall of the western Roman Empire , in Constantinople it later goes to Venice with the decline of Constantinople, it extends through Italy and from there it goes to all of Europe
It came to America with the conquerors and its use makes it indispensable in all the kitchens of the world.
Materials for its construction
The material used is usually metallic (aluminum) or plastic, some of them are made of a weft of fine steel wires, all strainers are usually semi-spherical in shape to contain as much of the mix as possible. At the edge of the strainers there are usually a kind of hooks so that the separate contents can be held in a saucepan or pot. There are conical shaped strainers (Chinese) used to separate the elements of solid consistency (pips, seeds, etc …) from the more soupy part. It is traditional custom to make coffee boiled in water and then separated with a cloth strainer before if served, this way you can find coffee in northern Spain (café de pote). Some people argue that a stocking is capable of performing the colander functions very effectively.
A colander needs two physical characteristics to be chosen in a kitchen task:
- The size of the sieve holes, which is very important in the selection of the elements to be separated, since in its filter function it is important to know what should be left on the strainer.
- The strainer surface, or receptacle of the important mixture to know the quantity to be treated.
It is very common to find different types of strainer in a kitchen, such as a tea strainer that usually has a spherical shape in different variants and sizes, the strainer used in herbal teas is usually semi-spherical and similar to that used in separating the solid part and liquid from food.
Strainer that has a conical shape (similar to a funnel), generally built in stainless steel and that is used to filter the solid phase of the liquid in a food in the kitchen.
It is usually used to filter sauces and broths from the solid parts that they may have in suspension. The origin of this name may be due to the shape it has: very similar to that of a Chinese hat. It is widely used in certain types of soups, whether cold or hot, such as gazpacho or vichyssoise.
It is a traditional custom to brew coffee boiled in water and then separated with a cloth strainer before being served, thus you can find coffee in northern Spain and Cuba
Strainer made with stocking
Some people argue that a stocking is capable of performing the colander functions very effectively.
A variant with the most delicate sieve (made of silk) is usually used to hunt butterflies as well as fish in an aquarium.
The strainer as a spiritual symbol of the pastafarian religion
In 2011, the Austrian government recognized the pasta strainer as a religious headdress – such as the habit of Catholic nuns , the cassock of Catholic priests, the hijab of Muslim women, or the kippah worn by Jewish men – from a curious religion known as pastafari (created in 2005 as a parody of religions trying to introduce religious teachings into America’s schools), by allowing an Austrian citizen to wear a pink colander on the photograph of his driving license. [one]