Restraining Strainers

My fine mesh strainers are serious work horses when I’m cooking in my kitchen. They’re perfect for draining pasta, rinsing vegetables and soaking beans. The long handle makes it easy to shake off the excess water, and their small-ish size is manageable enough to line with cheesecloth for some serious filtering. I have two different sizes that fit conveniently into my most commonly used pots and bowls, and they clean up great in the dishwasher. Unfortunately, they are not particularly sturdy, and a lot of times I end up needing a third (or fourth) hand to steady the strainer while juggling everything else. Or I end up with a sink full of pasta.

I don’t remember where I picked this trick up, but it works perfectly. Simply wrap rubber bands on the two ends of the strainer, as wide as your kitchen sink. The rubber bands are grippy enough to hold the strainer in place, even when you’re draining a pound of pasta into it. The rubber bands even hold up in the dishwasher. If you use thin rubber bands, it’s easy to slide them up and down the handle to adjust for different areas. Good luck!

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