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What's the finest mesh strainer on the market?

madridista Dec 29, 2011 11:39 PM

The mesh strainer I have lets quinoa through. I need a finer strainer than that.

Is the mesh part sized? I never see that info. Does anyone have a very fine strainer and can point me where to find it? I'm losing too much quinoa!

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  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: madridista Dec 29, 2011 11:53 PM

    Cooked or uncooked quinoa. I assume cooked. There are several fine mesh strainers should able to barely do this job. Alternatively, it may be easier to just put a cheesecloth on top your current strainer.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
      ipsedixit RE: Chemicalkinetics Dec 31, 2011 12:18 PM

      Ditto the cheesecloth rec.

    2. kaleokahu RE: madridista Dec 30, 2011 12:20 AM

      Hi, madridista:

      You might try http://fantes.com/strainers.html They list extra fine as being 1/32" mesh, but it may vary by brand.


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      1. re: kaleokahu
        Delucacheesemonger RE: kaleokahu Dec 30, 2011 01:53 AM

        My chinois barely lets water through it is so fine, that is the good news, the bad is that it is really a pain to clean if using as an alternative to a Foley mill.

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          tim irvine RE: Delucacheesemonger Dec 31, 2011 09:30 AM

          the efficacy of a chinois is amazing. I don't find it that hard to wash. I put it upside down in the sink and spray from the outside to knock residue loose and wash it down from the point. To dry it I just put in a very low oven. I assume the metal portion is tinned and it is important when drying tinned items to get them completely dry but not put them in an oven so hot it will melt the tin. Thirty years plus and still in regular use. Get a stand for it if you get one. As for the pestle, it is not that useful. A spoon works better.

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            will47 RE: tim irvine Jan 1, 2012 09:35 PM

            I agree - love a chinois, and really wish I had gotten one much sooner in life.

            That said, I didn't mention it earlier, because I'm not sure it's ideal for either washing or draining quinoa -- I would tend to use a standard bowl shaped mesh strainer for that.

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        Kelli2006 RE: madridista Dec 30, 2011 02:24 AM

        I have an inexpensive strainer from Bed, Bath and Beyond that I used to apply bench flour to dough when I am baking and it will easily separate the bran from whole wheat flour if I am so inclined.


        A permanent gold mesh coffee filter might be a bit small but I'm certain that it will stop your quinoa from going down the drain.

        1. RudysEquipment_Supplies RE: madridista Dec 30, 2011 02:47 PM

          Town Food equipment sharkfin mesh skimmers.. Fine s/s mesh..

          1. pdxgastro RE: madridista Dec 30, 2011 03:35 PM

            I have seen double mesh strainers in places like Marshall's & Ross. So kitchen stores must have them too. Ain't nothing getting through that but liquid.

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              debbiel RE: madridista Dec 30, 2011 04:06 PM

              We just have a basic mesh strainer from Target that works fine for rinsing our quinoa.

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                cheesemaestro RE: debbiel Dec 31, 2011 02:18 PM

                I, too, think it would work. Quinoa grains are small, but not as small as some other kinds of grain. A double mesh strainer, as pdxgastro recommends, would certainly work well, and would be more versatile for straining out other things like coffee grounds that might pass through a coarser tool. A chinois(e) is wonderful, but is costly. IMHO, it's overkill for the OP's needs. Amazon.com has a good selection of strainers.

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                jkling17 RE: madridista Dec 30, 2011 10:21 PM

                I'm not sure how fine you need but I use this strainer sometimes for my coffee. Only the very finest residues make it through. They are cheap and available online as well as most asian food stores.

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                  Chemicalkinetics RE: jkling17 Dec 31, 2011 11:43 AM

                  Same here. I have a strainer (not the exact same one) which is quiet fine. Much of my stone ground cornmeal won't able to get through, except the few finely ground powder. I also find it in a Asian food supermarket and probably bought it for $2-3.

                2. kaleokahu RE: madridista Jan 1, 2012 10:52 PM

                  Hi again, madrista:

                  Here's another place to look: http://www.creativecookware.com/tamis... 3mm mesh, on down to 0.5mm, and in four sizes.


                  1. Blythe spirit RE: madridista Jan 7, 2012 03:00 PM

                    When I want to strain something that fine I put a large coffee filter in a strainer and it works well.

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