<h3>Colanders</h3><p>At Williams-Sonoma, we have high-quality colanders that pros love. They’re made of strong and durable stainless-steel to last a lifetime and look amazing too. Not sure exactly how or when to use your colander? Here are a few great ideas that let you get the most out of our colander sets.</p><br><p>Handle your <u><a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/cooks-tools/pizza-pasta-tools">pasta</a></u> like a chef. Colanders have larger openings that make them ideal for draining boiling pasta water. To avoid burning yourself and generally make the job faster and easier, choose a large colander with a flat base. That way, you can simply set it in the sink and pour the pasta in.</p><br><p>Wash faster. When you bring fruit and <u><a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/cooks-tools/vegetable-tools">veggies</a></u> home from the store, give them a fast rinse. Instead of washing them one by one, just put everything inside a colander and turn on the faucet. The best part? They drain off all by themselves.</p><br><p>Drain safely. When using canned beans or vegetables for a recipe, chances are it might ask you to rinse them off first. If you’ve ever tried to drain the can using the lid only, you know it can be messy. With a colander, it only takes a few seconds to do the same job. If the can isn’t too big, a smaller colander is fine.</p><br><p>Enjoy perfect hashed brown potatoes. Grating potatoes isn’t enough to get a crunchy texture. You have to wash them and dry them off first. Use a colander with smaller holes or wire mesh to get the job done quickly. After a minute or two of draining, pat them dry, and voila, they’re ready for the <u><a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/cookware/fry-pans-skillets">frying pan</a></u>.</p><br><p>Cook healthily. A mesh colander is perfect for making homemade juices in a blender. Love fresh pineapple, passion fruit and orange juice, but don’t want all that pulp? Just pass the finished juice through the mesh first for smooth and intense flavors.</p><br><p>Serve veggies faster. Colanders are a huge help with vegetables. For one thing, they make great steamers. Pop some broccoli in the top, let the vapor do its thing and a few minutes later, just grab the colander and serve. Make sure to pick one that has large handles for easy lifting, and have <u><a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/homekeeping/homekeeping-mitts-potholders">oven mitts</a></u> on hand to keep from burning yourself. If you want to remove vegetables – or other ingredients – from boiling water without losing the water, use a long-handled strainer to grab what you need.</p>