These food-straining devices are little thought of in the world of classic interior design — but are often seen displayed in “cutie country kitschy” settings with purposely frayed, worn, white cabinets and plank-wood floors.
Putting aside the extremes of contemporary minimalism on one end and clutter kitschy on the other, there is us. “Us” with a colander or two somewhere in a lower cabinet mixed in with the pots and pans.
Not to say they are lost within content. Indeed, these hole-ridden bowls are always at fingertips’ reach. Maybe not thought of in terms of world complexities, but, bet ya bob, that colander is used all the time.
What is a colander? Sometimes called a strainer, it is usually round, with a diameter of about 10 inches, and can have three little stabilizing legs and always many holes.
Not only are colanders a beautiful practical shape, they are inexpensive and bountifully found in most thrift shops. I went on eBay and explored some three-hundred colanders. Most were $10 to $20. Found an antique strainer for almost $500, but that was way out of range and visually not much better looking than the cheap ones.
In the small scheme of kitchen life, take a moment to look at that often-used food strainer. It really is an attractive design and would appreciate a little more recognition and exposure.