Definition of colander in English:



  • A perforated bowl used to strain off liquid from food, especially after cooking.

    • ‘Copper saucepan lids, ancient colanders and battered tubas hang from the whitewashed walls and ceiling.’
    • ‘Strain stock through a colander, pass it through a fine-mesh sieve and reserve.’
    • ‘When the chard was ready, I drained it in a colander, then put it in a medium bowl, adding in half a cup of ricotta, the drained raisins and the pine nuts.’
    • ‘Pour bulgur/onion mixture into a large colander or sieve and press lightly to remove any liquid.’
    • ‘Tip it into a colander, gently press out the excess liquid and then return it to pan and toss with the butter and some seasoning.’
    • ‘Mix about ½ a teaspoon of sea salt into the zucchini and place it in a colander that you sit over a bowl for about half an hour.’
    • ‘Place a colander over the top of a bowl and pour the mussels and clams into this, shaking well to catch all of the cooking juices.’
    • ‘Place the grated flesh in a colander over a bowl.’
    • ‘Mismatched coloured tiles and gilt-framed mirrors decorate the walls, and there's an eccentric chandelier made out of whisks, ladles and colanders.’
    • ‘Reheat noodles by pouring boiling water over them in a colander, drain and add to the mushrooms with the spring onions.’
    • ‘Line a colander or sieve with cheesecloth or gauze and set it over a bowl.’
    • ‘Either steam them in a colander over a saucepan of simmering water, or shallow-fry in an oiled pan.’
    • ‘At home, Kantor uses a colander and a bag filter to remove water and any food particles.’
    • ‘Strain through a colander and transfer to a food processor fitted with the metal blade.’
    • ‘Drain in a colander and press out the moisture with a spoon, roughly chop and stir in the still-warm drained aubergines.’
    • ‘The secret is to bake the pumpkin first, then mash it through a colander, and use it like mashed apples in a pie.’
    • ‘Drain through a colander then return the cooking liquor to a clean saucepan and reduce for a further 15 minutes.’
    • ‘The screenplay, which has more holes in it than a colander, isn't the only problem, although it is by far the most obvious one.’
    • ‘Many of the recipes start in the same way, with the noodles being boiled for about 3 minutes, drained in a colander, rinsed in cold water and allowed to drain again.’
    • ‘When the beans are ready, remove the herbs, and drain the beans into the colander, reserving their cooking liquid in the bowl beneath.’
    sieve, riddle, sifter, strainer, filter, winnow
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Middle English: based on Latin colare ‘to strain’.