strain·​er | \ ˈstrā-nər How to pronounce strainer (audio) \

Definition of strainer

: one that strains: such as
a : a device (such as a sieve) to retain solid pieces while a liquid passes through
b : any of various devices for stretching or tightening something

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Strain through a wire-mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth; discard tea. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Jasmine Madeleines With Lemon-Poppy Seed Glaze," 1 Mar. 2019 Carefully drain all but 1 tablespoon of oil from wok into a heatproof container, ideally by pouring everything through a strainer set over a heatproof bowl. Georgia Freedman, WSJ, "This Ingredient Makes Everything Better," 20 Sep. 2018 Transfer skillet to oven and bake, basting dumplings with butter from pan midway through cooking, until dumplings are firm, 12-15 minutes. 5. Pour stock through a fine-mesh strainer. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Add 2 tsp salt, then pasta, and cook per pkg. directions. Make pesto: While pasta is in boiling water, place herbs in a small strainer and dip them into the water to wilt, then immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Kale Pesto Pasta," 9 Jan. 2019 Immediately, pour the mixture through the strainer set over the bowl. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream," 10 July 2018 And here’s a tip: Put minced shallot, onion or garlic in a strainer and run under hot water to curb the potency. Jan Uebelherr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 for summer: Master these seasonal staples for those sunny days ahead," 15 May 2018 Juice peeled oranges and lemons through a strainer into a large pot, reserving pith, membranes and seeds. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a separate bowl. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of strainer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of strainer

: a kitchen device that has many small holes and that is used to hold back solid pieces while a liquid passes through


strain·​er | \ ˈstrā-nər How to pronounce strainer (audio) \

Kids Definition of strainer

: a device (as a screen, sieve, or filter) to hold back solid pieces while a liquid passes through


strain·​er | \ ˈstrā-nər How to pronounce strainer (audio) \

Medical Definition of strainer

: a device (as a sieve) to retain solid pieces while a liquid passes through

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