After living in New York City for several years (where you are lucky if there is enough space to turn around in your kitchen!), I value kitchen real estate like some people value gold. Every square inch of drawer and cabinet space is precious! I could not find space for a colander in my NYC kitchen for the life of me. So if I needed to drain a pot of pasta, I did the careful dance of balancing the lid at just the right angle so that the boiling water could be poured out but the pasta would stay in. And if I failed (which I am embarrassed to admit happened a few times) I would lose the pasta or end up with a burn from the hot steam and water. Oh how I wish I had known about the Rösle Collapsible Colander back then!
I took the above photo with my thumb in it so that you can really get a feel for the scale of the Rösle Collapsible Colander when it is collapsed. It is about as tall as the width of two of my thumbs, which can literally be squeezed into any little nook or cranny. Another great thing about this colander is that it comes in so many fabulous colors. I love the bright red because it is easy to find and very cheerful. But it is also available in black, green, purple, orange and yellow.
Now for the real test, how easy is it to collapse and expand? After all, what good is a collapsible colander if it is hard to use! Well, Rosle knows what it is doing and that is why the Rösle Collapsible Colander was awarded KitchenInnovation of the Year 2009. This colander is amazingly sturdy and well-built. It pops in and out with ease, and when it is expanded it is sturdy enough to stay in that position until you collapse it again.
Another important feature to note is that the top, handles and bottom are made out of 18/10 stainless steel, while the red material is silicone. There are little stainless steel “feet” on the bottom of the colander, which hold it up off of the counter when you put it down. So after you rinse off your salad, and you put it on the counter, the water can actually continue draining out through the bottom… just make sure to put a towel underneath to catch it.
As if being high quality, a space saver, and the perfect tool for draining pasta and rinsing off fruits and vegetables was not enough… guess what else you can use the Rösle Collapsible Colander for? A steamer! That’s right, you just put some water into your favorite big pot, place the strainer on top of the pot, place your vegetables (or whatever else you might want to steam) into the strainer and heat up the water. So yes, the Rösle Collapsible Colander is truly a multi-tasking, space-saving, genius of an invention. Rosle, you have done it again!
How to Enter the Rosle Collapsible Colander Giveaway:
Where to Buy: You can buy one here: Rösle Collapsible Colander
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The winner will be selected on November 15 and contacted via e-mail. If there is no response from the winner within 3 days, then another winner will be selected. Only US Residents are eligible for this giveaway.
Congratulations to Debbie on winning this Giveaway!