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This $14 colander with 13,500 ratings is the best strainer I've ever used

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I don't cook a lot, but when I do, it's mostly macaroni and cheese. My least favorite step is draining the pasta. I always lose a few noodles or end up burning my hand. To make matters worse, I'm stuck with a clogged colander that I have to clean by hand. Fortunately, those days are behind me as companies keep coming out with cool kitchen gadgets that solve centuries-old problems. For example, I recently discovered this bestselling clip-on silicone strainer on Amazon. It works so well that I'm tempted to start cooking more.

Kitchen Gizmo Snap N' Strain

Kitchen Gizmo Snap N' Strain

a person in a car: Kitchen Gizmo Snap N Strain Strainer, Clip On Silicone Colander, Fits all Pots and Bowls - Lime Green (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Kitchen Gizmo Snap N Strain Strainer, Clip On Silicone Colander, Fits all Pots and Bowls - Lime Green (Amazon / Amazon)

Kitchen Gizmo Snap N' Strain $14.49 at Amazon

Thousands of cooks love it

You know you've reached adulthood when you start reading pasta strainer reviews. The Snap N' Strain kitchen strainer, which comes in four colors and is completely BPA-free, has more than 13,500 ratings. In fact, it's the second bestselling strainer (and the first silicone one) on Amazon's list of bestsellers in food strainers. It's probably so popular because it's affordable — it starts at just $14 — and it's a quality product — hence the 4.5-star average rating.

It fits on almost anything

a close up of a pan: orange Snap 'n Strain clipped onto a pan (Amazon) © Amazon orange Snap 'n Strain clipped onto a pan (Amazon)

I don't have a plethora of pots and pans, but this strainer fits every single one I have. It also clips onto bowls and my favorite Pyrex glass containers. The two clips that attach the strainer to your cookware's rim open pretty widely. It would have to be a really thick bowl or a really small circumference to not work. Also, I don't have an Instant Pot, but one reviewer who does says it didn't fit. Still, he left a five-star review. Another five-star reviewer appreciates how it makes it easier for his 9-year-old granddaughter to help make macaroni and cheese.

It strains almost anything

a bowl of food on a table: Using the Snap 'n Strain on a cooking pan filled with macaroni (Katie Jackson / TODAY) © Katie Jackson Using the Snap 'n Strain on a cooking pan filled with macaroni (Katie Jackson / TODAY)

At first, I was skeptical that the colander was big enough to keep the contents I was trying to strain from falling into the sink. But even when I was straining an entire pan of macaroni, I didn't lose a single noodle. I've also used it to strain heavier items like beets.

a close up of a pan on a stove: Katie Jackson / TODAY © Katie Jackson Katie Jackson / TODAY

While I don't cook much meat, I did read a review about how it works great for grease when straining things like ground beef.

I can use it with one hand

Katie Jackson holding a cake: using one hand to strain macaroni (Katie Jackson / TODAY) © Katie Jackson using one hand to strain macaroni (Katie Jackson / TODAY)

Since I don't have to hold the colander or position it in the sink, I can strain most things with one hand. I can't count the number of times I've burned myself by awkwardly trying to hold up a hot pot to strain or by touching a metal colander that traps heat, but I don't have to worry about either of those problems anymore! Plus, unlike metal colanders, this one is dishwasher safe (but it has to be on the top rack). At the very least, even if I'm not cooking more, I'm washing fewer dishes. If that's not a kitchen win, I don't know what is.

This story was originally published on October 20, 2020.

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