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Jan 5, 2012 12:02 PM

Looking for a stainless steel strainer to blanch vegies

Vegies like broccoli are fibrous and need to be blanched so they're easier to stir fry. I'll blanch different vegies or maybe even meats so I'd like reuse the boiling water instead of dumping everything into a sink strainer.

I don't like the mesh or Chinese style web strainers because food gets stuck in the mesh. They are hard to clean once food gets in there.

If they made a 2.5 or 3 qt SS sauce pan with a pasta strainer I would buy it at any price. They just don't come in that size. Pasta strainers at least 6+ qts which is way too big too much of a hassle to clean.

TJMaxx, Marshalls, Target, and BBB don't carry these type of strainers. Amazon carries this but might be a pain to return if I don't like it. The second photo looks like the Paderno from Amazon.

Thanks for reading.

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  1. All-Clad made a 4-qt and 6-qt basket:

    The 4-qt will fit in an 8-inch pot.

    1. You can get it, and cheap too.

      Ikea makes several 3qt pots and pasta/steam inserts that fit them. "Stabil" is the product series for the inserts. Here's the small pasta insert:
      They also have a 5l/5qt version, which is still a pretty nice size. Theirs is perforated steel, which I think is what you're hoping to find.

      1. Here's an idea: Find an inexpensive saucepan that fits comfortably within the pot you will boil the water in, then drill holes in it.

        1. Chef's sells a 4-cup precision-cut stainless scoop colander/strainer that looks like the ticket:

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          1. re: ellabee

            I would buy the 3qt pasta insert without hesitation. Too bad my local ikeas don't carry it and they don't sell it online.

            I'm going to give this SS scoop colander a try.

            Thank you for taking the time to respond.