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Friday, January 16, 2015

Light Weight Fine Mesh Strainer Review

I may not be a foodie blogger, but we all do a lot of cooking every day here at home.  We hardly go out to eat, and most of the items that we make are from scratch.  Every New Year's we make a special fruit punch that is made with a variety of fruits and Sierra Mist (a soda that does not contain high fructose corn syrup).  It is super sweet and topped with rainbow sherbet and/or vanilla ice cream.

For the fruit punch, we usually start with some frozen concentrated juices.  We used to make it with all concentrated juices, but our stores do not carry a good variety that is either 100% juice or has no high fructose corn syrup.  The last few years, we have been getting fresh or frozen fruit, boiling it down, and making our own concentrate.  We take the concentrate, and then mix it with Sierra Mist lemon-lime soda.  It is good, very sweet, and makes an excellent party punch.

One kitchen tool that is needed to make the punch is a good mesh strainer.  One that can take the pressure from a ladle to push through as much of the goodness of the fruit that is possible.

I recently got a new mesh strainer to review that is durable, light weight, but quite sturdy to set on top of a pan or bowl.   This mesh strainer can be purchased right at Amazon for the low price of only $9.99.   It is easy to store as it fits easily into drawers, or you can hang it up by the handle.  

There are two hinges that hold it sturdy on top of bowls, pots, and pans. The durable mesh holds up to pressure from ladle as you press out those lumps in your gravy.  The 8" strainer is the perfect size for nearly all light kitchen jobs. No need to have 5 different strainers of varying size. This will fit over large sauce pans and yet is versatile enough to be held over small bowls.

The listing at Amazon says that you can hold this over the pots and pans, but it seems a little flimsy for that.  I will only put this strainer on top of pots and bowls where the hinges are supporting it.

Here's our finished party punch.  It was simply delicious as we added a little extra cherries to it this year.  This super sweet punch is served only once a year, but I would like to try it for the Fourth of July as well.

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