col·​an·​der | \ ˈkä-lən-dər How to pronounce colander (audio) , ˈkə- How to pronounce colander (audio) \

Definition of colander

: a perforated utensil for washing or draining food

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Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then drain in a colander until cool. Jeff Koehler, Twin Cities, "With these Moroccan salads, vegetables come first — and in dazzling abundance," 8 Aug. 2019 Drain the noodles in a colander, rinse under cold water until room temperature and drain again. Los Angeles Times, "Spicy Shrimp Paste Noodles," 24 July 2019 The easiest way to wash berries is to place them in a colander and rinse them under a slow stream of running water. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How Gross Is It to Not Wash Produce Before You Eat It?," 23 July 2019 Slice the cucumbers ½-inch thick on the diagonal and transfer to a large colander set over a large bowl. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Three refreshing salads to beat the heat," 17 July 2019 To achieve that, follow Nakayama and Iida-Nakayama’s tips: Wash the rice in a colander set in a bowl. Genevieve Ko,, "Master Class: Michelin-starred n/naka chefs on how to make the perfect onigiri," 13 June 2019 Use spoon to scoop out seeds; transfer seeds to colander. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds for the Perfect Fall Snack," 21 Nov. 2018 Curry’s trick for the ultimate veggie noodles is to toss them with a little salt and set them in a colander to draw out moisture. NBC News, "8 super simple, super satisfying summer pastas," 7 July 2019 Drain in a colander, toss with 1 teaspoon of the oil, and set aside to cool. Christian Burno, Dallas News, "New 'real wellness' cookbook encourages body positivity and a healthy relationship with food," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of colander

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colander

Middle English colyndore, probably modification of Old Occitan colador, from Medieval Latin colatorium, from Latin colare to sieve, from colum sieve

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English Language Learners Definition of colander

: a bowl that has many small holes and that is used for washing or draining food


col·​an·​der | \ ˈkä-lən-dər How to pronounce colander (audio) , ˈkə-\

Kids Definition of colander

: a bowl-shaped utensil with small holes for draining foods

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