Straining is when you remove undesirable particles from a liquid, to separate liquid from other solids, or to separate various contents from other contents. When a food item is strained, the contents are poured through a sieve, a perforated utensil or a fine-meshed cheesecloth (Recipe Tips, nd).
Difficulty to learn: Easy/Medium
Some Thoughts For You:
Basically straining involves separating something from your food or drink. This could be anything from straining pasta to remove the water after boiling, or straining a cocktail to remove mixing bits from the drink. Your method of straining will vary depending on what you are trying to accomplish, and so will your straining tool(s).
Straining a large amount of a certain food or drink is easiest with a metal or mesh strainer (sometimes known as a colander). This is the ideal method for separating pasta or vegetables from a liquid.
Using a cheesecloth or paper filter can prevent any small bits from escaping during straining, such as ground coffee bits or tea leaves.
What You Will Need:
Your setup will vary depending on what you are straining and how much there is of it.
You will need a bowl to catch your liquid in if you are pouring your unstrained liquid into a metal strainer.
The following steps are for straining a liquid with particles mixed in that you want to remove, such as tea with tea leaves inside.
- Get a bowl or container that will be large enough to hold all of the liquid.
- Position your fine metal mesh strainer over the top of the bowl.
- Pour your liquid into the strainer. Do this slowly if the tea is hot to avoid spilling.
- Look at your strained liquid to see if the specks have been entirely removed. If not, repeat the strain again. Alternately, seek a strainer with smaller mesh holes, or consider using a paper/cloth filter.
- Use the separated loose tea leaves as you wish.
Tips For You:
- Sometimes, repeating the straining process again will allow for a more complete separation of your ingredients.