The colander, one of the cook's most trusted friends in the kitchen, need not be stashed away inside a cabinet when it's a thing of beauty. Handsome enough to be left on the kitchen counter or hooked onto a wall is the new Decorator Colander from M. Kamenstein Inc. in New York.
Made of white porcelain enamel on steel, the pretty colander comes with solid brass handles and a brass-rimmed base. It measures nine inches in diameter and has clusters of good-size holes that perforate the sides and bottom. The colander illustrated here has the Capri pattern featuring a white enamel finish dotted with yellow, red and blue miniature floral prints. A border of tiny pale brown dots near the top and bottom rims accentuates the little flowers. The Decorator Colander comes in other patterns, such as strawberry, Vienna and trellis designs.
Shaped like the old aluminum strainer that has been used for generations, the colander easily fits over an average size bowl or saucepan. It is safe and sturdy for draining foods, hot and cold, and can be cleaned in the dishwasher without chipping or ruining the print design.
Getting the Right Grip
Another very useful tool in the kitchen is a jar opener. Have you ever found one that works efficiently and easily? Or are you still tapping lids on a hard surface, using every bit of muscle strength to remove that lid stuck to the bottle as if it were glued on forever? Are you still giving the unopened sticky tops a hot water bath or direct heat treatment? (These are unsafe methods and could all be disastrous.) Certainly rubber grips are now available . . . but some jars are almost hopeless and need further help.