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My kid eats pasta all the time — here's the only strainer that I really love

It saves space and works like a charm.
by Donna Freydkin / / Source: TODAY
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If pasta was ever banished from grocery stories, my child would likely starve before eating only fruits and vegetables.

Parents, you hear me, right? Spaghetti, penne and tagliatelle bring those infuriatingly picky and single-minded kids to the dinner table.

But, I live in New York. Meaning, my kitchen bears no resemblance to those spacious, glorious cooking havens you see on social media. It’s small, with one sink and minimal counter space. Storage? Wait, what’s that again?

A regular, stainless steel colander, the staple of cooking pasta, takes up a ton of space and is hard to clean. Plus, it drains all the pasta cooking water, a must-have for making perfect sauces. So, let me sing the praises of the Salbtree clip-on kitchen food stainer.

Salbtree Clip-On Food Strainer, $11, Amazon

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It’s tiny. It’s cute (green!). It clips on to the side of your pots and pans, and you strain the pasta cooking water out of the side into your sink. It works for ground meats, too. And tomatoes. And canned tuna. And canned beans.

It fits every pan and pot I have. Attach it to a bowl, use it to wash off your berries, and back in they go. No muss, no fuss, no mess. People, it’s one of those genius time and space-saving inventions so brilliant that I wonder why it’s only available now.

Oh wait. Did I mention it comes in a variety of bright colors, and that it’s $11? It’s made of food-safe silicone, and can be cleaned with a simple rinse. It fits right into your drawer.

Is it worth it?

Well, if you don’t eat pasta, fruits, vegetables or anything that needs straining, I’d give this a pass. But if you’re like the rest of us and the thought of washed raspberries and easy, painless strained ravioli fills you (and me) with utter, unabashed giddiness, I’d say this is most likely the best kitchen purchase you’ll make this year.

Salbtree Clip-On Food Strainer, $11, Amazon

If you prefer manual strainers, meaning those that you need to hold and strain food through them, this set has incredible reviews.

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Collapsible Silicone Colander, $9, Amazon

And here's a collapsible one, also made from silicone and very handy.

KitchenAid Plastic Colander/Strainer, $13, Amazon

Behold your classic, trusty old colander, because those never go out fashion.

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