Friday, October 9, 2009

All Strain, Major Gain

As the weather turns colder, we start to crave the heartier entrees. A bowl of comforting, steaming hot pasta comes to mind. And while nothing is easier than preparing pasta, it does require some larger equipment: a big pot, a big strainer, and a big bowl.

With today's tighter kitchen quarters, any size reduction is a good plan. So meet the Fold-Away Colander, a shining example of excellent design. This full-sized strainer comes in a flat package and puts away just like a cutting board, thus taking up little of precious storage space. But, when it's time to drain the pound of pasta, it turns 3-D in a jiffy for fast operation. Very clever. It's just perfect for the college student or NYC apartment dweller who's pressed for space. Now, if they'd only invent a reliable collapsible stock pot, all storage dilemmas would be a thing of the past.

At only around $23, this colander is one useful gift purchase. Check it out at And hey, if the recipient is lucky enough to have a dishwasher, this item's dishwasher safe, too.

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