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Sink Side Strainer

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The sink side strainer is a uniquely designed, ergonomically friendly colander. This plastic, BPA free strainer can sit on the counter top next to your sink. With the strength to hold up to 5 pounds of potatoes at once, you can toss your food into the strainer. Watch as all of the water collects at the bottom and drains out the spout directly into your sink. As such, it alleviates a mess, protect your food from contact with the sink. When you're done you just throw it in the dishwasher.

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The cost of Sink Side Strainer is $14.99 plus $7.99 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Sink Side Strainer by paying the extra shipping fee of $7.99 for a total price of $30.97.
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Features

  • 5 Pounds

    This strainer is designed to drain up to 5 pounds of food all at once. In the demonstration you can see that 5 pounds of potatoes are drained the same time. Comparatively this is much better than a flimsy colander that would otherwise tip over.

  • No Sink Contact

    When you use this your food never touches the sink directly.

  • Ergonomic

    The design is very ergonomic.

  • Bpa Free

    The plastic from which it is made is BPA free and you can put in the dishwasher when you are done.

Pros

  • Unique Design

    The sink side strainer is a countertop colander which you set next to your sink and place food inside. When food is placed inside it begins to collect at the bottom and drain out the spout into your sink. The sink side strainer is a uniquely designed colander that rather than sitting inside of your sink has a secure base that allows it to sit on top of your sink.

    By sitting on top of the sink you can keep your sink clear and protection from contamination. You put your food inside of the strainer which is shaped somewhat similarly to a boat. At the bottom of the boat there are small drainage holes that open into a spout. That spout is rested directly over your sink so that the collected water can simply drain down into the sink.

  • Easy to Use

    There are so many strainers out there today. Most of them results in the same problem of noodles touching your sink or freshly steamed vegetables falling out of the colander when it tips over far too easily. Many people cringe at the thought of draining something in a colander. Not only because not every colander fits in the same properly or because they are flimsy. Really, because in order to use them some of the food might fall through the holes and come into direct contact with your sink.

    If you don't clean your sink regularly and make sure that it has been recently decontaminated sufficiently enough for food then this can present a small problem. For this reason the side strainer sits on the side, as the name suggests of your sink and drains liquids through an opening at the bottom of one side. This means that your sink is free and clear.

  • Lots of Foods

    You can pour cans of vegetables or even a pot of freshly prepared noodles into the strainer. Watch as all the liquid drains out of the bottom through the small opening and into your sink.

Cons

  • Might be Messy

    If you accidentally hit the colander, knock it over, or pour it too high to the brim, the same as with any other colander, you create a mess. The problem is that with the regular colander when this happens some of your extra food falls down the drain or interest. With this particular design ends up falling onto your counter top. When this happens you might leave a mess not only of food but of water on your counter.

  • Might Need a Tilt

    When you use this you cannot just put your food into it and have it drain into the sink completely. Due to the angle in the design some of the water will accumulate at the bottom to a very minimal degree. However if you are preparing things that you need to be fully drained you might have to tilt the device. Do this so that the last of the liquid resting in the bottom of the strainer can be dumped into the sink.

Does It Really Work?

Yes this unit works generally as it is advertised by the company especially for people who maintain realistic expectations as to what it will offer. The price is very reasonable compared to other strainers on the market given what it does.

Alternatives

  • Over the Counter

    There are many types of colanders on the market which are designed to prevent mass and drain perfectly into the sink without your food ever coming into contact with the sink. You can find multiple over the sink colanders which are designed to fit the width of your sink and rest on either side of the counter. These you simply place on either side of the counter so that it rests perfectly and remains balanced. Some of the options have extendable arms so you can more evenly balance the weight distribution of heavier foods that you are draining.

    Once they are in place you can simply pour your food in to be drained. These rest over the sink without coming into direct contact with the sink so you avoid the issue of contamination. They also drain directly into the sink so you don't have a mess of water everywhere.

  • Faucet Connections

    There are colanders which affix to your faucet. They tend to be flimsier because the support structure for maintaining the weight of your food is only on the faucet and is not evenly distributed across two points or more.

Warnings

  • Discoloration

    This particular colander is available only in white. It is also only available in plastic not metal unlike other colanders that are designed to rest over the sink. The downside to this is that certain foods that you are draining might leave behind a color residue particularly things like saffron rice. In cases like this the plastic needs to be washed immediately or it might be discolored permanently.

    The discoloration can indicate certain bacteria or particles are now part of the plastic which can then contaminate other foods you use. For people who are particularly sensitive or have very strong allergies this creates a health risk but for most people it is simply an inconvenience.

Save Time

Using this colander saves you time when it comes to draining your food. You don't have to have somebody hold the colander in place safely while you pour your freshly prepared food into the basin from which it will drain. Instead you can just put it on the sink for your food in and go back to your food preparation while you wait for it to drain on its own.

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