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Best fine mesh stainer/sieve for rinsing small grains like quinoa?

arvi Oct 10, 2010 11:33 AM

I would love a recommendation for something that can accommodate small grains. Thanks!

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    miss.foodie RE: arvi Oct 10, 2010 12:50 PM

    Have you considered the Oxo 8" stainless strainer? I have one and I'm really happy with it. The mesh is very fine. Here's a pic of it.

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      iyc_nyc RE: miss.foodie Oct 10, 2010 01:09 PM

      Foodie, I'm also looking for a fine mesh sieve, but to use primarily to wash rice. Do you know if small grains will get caught in the space where the mesh connects with the steel rim?

      My sieve now has a tiny 'crack' where they two attach, and tiny bits of rice get caught in there, which is a nightmare to clean.

      Many thanks!

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      Beckyleach RE: arvi Oct 10, 2010 03:03 PM

      I found a set of four of these at T.J. Maxx for just $25 (versus the $99 for three price listed here) and I treasure them! Perfectly fine mesh, very sturdy (no "dents:), dishwasher safe (because of the stainless steel) and nothing gets caught between the rim and the mesh. LOVE them! Maybe you could find some on Ebay?


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        iyc_nyc RE: Beckyleach Oct 10, 2010 10:12 PM

        Thanks, Becky - I'll go take a look!

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        arvi RE: arvi Oct 11, 2010 02:18 PM

        Thanks everyone! I'll check these out.

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          pinkpandaparade RE: arvi Jan 19, 2011 10:26 AM

          I read somewhere else of people successfully using gold or nylon coffee strainers - they're pretty affordable too.

          1. scubadoo97 RE: arvi Jan 19, 2011 11:29 AM

            I picked up a fine mesh strainer at the grocery store. It certainly is small enough that no small grains will get through. I don't think it cost more than a few dollars.

            1. escargot3 RE: arvi Oct 17, 2011 08:33 PM

              i picked up a cheapie among the Japanese cookware at a little strip mall shop in the Bay Area...

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                Ninevah RE: arvi Oct 17, 2011 09:27 PM

                I found a set of four mesh 'plates' with a steel cake-pan like enclosure that I think was supposed to be some sort of sand sieve. Works amazingly. Just like the one pictured, tho I think the sieves are a little tighter on mine.


                1. ipsedixit RE: arvi Oct 17, 2011 09:33 PM


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