If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think much about how you use a strainer. After all, it’s a simple tool that’s designed to do one thing: separate solid food from liquid. But what if I told you that there’s a right way and a wrong way to use a strainer? And what if I told you that a viral TikTok video has been making the rounds lately, showing people the proper technique? I was today years old when I was shown the right way to use a strainer, and now I’m here to share what I learned.

First of all, let’s talk about the problem with the way most people use strainers. When you’re draining pasta or vegetables, for example, you probably put the strainer in the sink and pour the contents of the pot into it. But here’s the issue: when you do this, the steam and heat from the pot can cause the strainer to shift or wobble, which can lead to spills or burns. Plus, if you’re using a colander with large holes, some of the smaller pieces of food can slip through and go down the drain.

So what’s the solution? According to the TikTok video, the key is to place the strainer inside the pot or pan, rather than using it as a separate entity. This way, the strainer stays put and the hot water or steam can escape without causing any problems. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Place the strainer inside the pot or pan, making sure it sits securely on the edges.
  2. Pour the contents of the pot into the strainer, letting the liquid drain out through the bottom.
  3. Use a spatula or spoon to press down on the solids, pushing out any excess liquid that might still be trapped.
  4. Lift the strainer out of the pot, shaking it gently to release any remaining liquid.
  5. Pour the solids back into the pot or transfer them to a serving dish, as needed.

That’s it! It’s a simple technique, but it can make a big difference in terms of safety and efficiency. Plus, it helps to ensure that you’re not losing any small pieces of food down the drain. So the next time you’re using a strainer, give this method a try and see how it works for you. Who knows, you might just become a straining pro in no time!

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