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7 clever things you never knew you could accomplish with a humble colander.

Kay Chun
Updated May 23, 2017

The humble colander can do more than drain pasta. Repurpose this functional kitchen stalwart! Here are seven clever things you can accomplish with a colander that you had no idea you could do.

1. Mash avocados for speedy guacamolePress peeled and pitted avocados through the holes into a bowl. Mix with fresh lime juice, spicy chile peppers and cilantro for a super-quick and tasty guacamole.

2. Make mimosa eggs: Push hard-boiled eggs through the colander. Sprinkle on top of asparagus for a classic side dish, or on bagels and lox for a sandwich upgrade.

3. Make spaetzleLet the dough fall through the colander holes straight into salted boiling water. The pasta cooks up in just a few minutes; when the little dumplings float, they're done. 

4. Sift flour: For lump-free cake and brownies, shake the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, etc.) through the colander before mixing with the wet ingredients.

5. Rice potatoes for creamy mashed potatoes: Press cooked potatoes through the colander to make extra-smooth mashed potatoes. The riced potatoes are also great for making gnocchi.

6. Grate semi-firm cheese: You can use the side of your colander as a grater for semi-firm cheeses like gruyere and cheddar. A great alternative when you can't locate your box grater.

7. Strain yogurt to make your own Greek-style yogurtLine the colander with cheesecloth and drain plain yogurt overnight in the fridge (remember to place a bowl underneath to catch all the liquid!). Voila! Greek-style yogurt awaits you for breakfast. Top with berries and honey and enjoy.

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