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Colander 32 80.00%
Tennis racket 3 7.50%
Basket 1 2.50%
Other 6 15.00%
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:11 PM   #21
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Another silly poll

Do you use a colander ? If so, what kind ? A tennis racket?
I use a rectangular one that fits over the sink.
I didn't know they made a tennis racket that fits over the sink!
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:15 PM   #22
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A colander for me, although I do have a 3QT pot with a strainer if I'm
making a smaller amount.
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:27 AM   #23
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I didn't know they made a tennis racket that fits over the sink!
Actually I don't either but I was thinking of the movie The Apartment when I posted about tennis racket, because Jack Lemmon in the movie used a tennis racket to drain his spaghetti.
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:48 AM   #24
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It depends on how much pasta! AND if it is hand-made by my husband! I often eat angel hair with veggies for a lunch for just me. When I do it is a hand-held seive. When I make a huge dinner for many, it is a rectangular one that fits over the sink. When hubby makes pasta, it is a rather ceremonious thing we do, where everyone oooos and ahhhs.
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Old 07-05-2008, 04:37 PM   #25
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I never heard the word 'colander' until I was well into my 30s and was working in my first professional kitchen. The chef asked me to get her a colander. I had to ask what that was. I don't know how to spell what we (italians) called it but its pronounced 'skoolabasta'. Funny thing, Lou's family called it the same thing.
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Old 07-05-2008, 04:53 PM   #26
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I never heard the word 'colander' until I was well into my 30s and was working in my first professional kitchen. The chef asked me to get her a colander. I had to ask what that was. I don't know how to spell what we (italians) called it but its pronounced 'skoolabasta'. Funny thing, Lou's family called it the same thing.
Funny, I grew up in Italian family and never heard of skoolabasta, only colander.
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Old 07-05-2008, 06:41 PM   #27
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Funny, I grew up in Italian family and never heard of skoolabasta, only colander.
Lots of italian and broken english spoken around here when I was growing up.
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:58 PM   #28
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Oh, I have a good story. My mother-in-law lived in a very multi-ethnic neighborhood in Joliet when she was a young housewife. A woman came over, frustrated and fraught. She needed a ... well, a ... a.... Macaroni Stop, Water Go Ahead! She wanted to borrow a Macaroni Stop, Water Go Ahead! It took her awhile to realize that the woman wanted to borrow a collander! To this day both women are long in their graves, but hubby and I sometimes call it that!
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:22 PM   #29
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I ever only use the lid of the saucepan at an angle to the pot and just pour the water out. No extra washing up that way and if there is a little bit of water left in, that's fine as it just makes up part of the sauce.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:34 PM   #30
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I use Nigella's colander if I'm draining the whole pot. If I'm making a sauce adjacent to the pasta pot, I'll use a spider to add the pasta directly to the sauce. Then I can use the pasta water to control the consistency of the sauce.

Here's Nigella's colander. The shape is perfect for tossing the pasta around to completely drain them.

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