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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.


Basic Steps:

The following steps are for straining a liquid with particles mixed in that you want to remove, such as tea with tea leaves inside.

  1. Get a bowl or container that will be large enough to hold all of the liquid.
  2. Position your fine metal mesh strainer over the top of the bowl.
  3. Pour your liquid into the strainer. Do this slowly if the tea is hot to avoid spilling.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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