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Not to be confused with Calendar or Calender.
For other uses, see Colander (disambiguation).
A typical household colander
A plastic colander

A colander is a bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with holes in it used for draining food[1] such as pasta or rice. A colander is also used to rinse vegetables.

The perforated nature of the colander allows liquid to drain through while retaining the solids inside. It is sometimes also called a pasta strainer or kitchen sieve.

Conventionally, colanders are made of a light metal, such as aluminium or thinly rolled stainless steel. Colanders are also made of plastic, silicone, ceramic, and enamelware.[2]

The word colander comes from the Latin colum meaning sieve.[1]

Other uses[edit]

Some sources report that the colander in the form of pasta strainer, was recognised by Austrian authorities as a religious headgear of the parody religion, Pastafarianism, in 2011.[3][4] This was denied by Austrian authorities, saying that religious motives were not the reason to grant the permission of wearing the headgear in a passport.[5] The Czech Republic recognised this religious headgear in 2013.[6]

Pastafarian protester wears a colander while showing an icon of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Some anti-clerical protesters wore colanders to Piazza XXIV Maggio square in Milan, Italy, on June 2, 2012, in mock obedience to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.[7]

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