I've come across DIY light fixtures made from colanders in the past, which have a crafty, clever, and retro vibe. But for some reason this Colander Pendant ($195) from Shades of Light doesn't have the same effect for me. Maybe it's because the fixture is manufactured, not homemade? Or because the bulb hangs below the "shade," exposed and dangling? Or because I know I could make my own for the price of, well, a colander. Whatever it is, I'm just not sold. How about you? What do you think?
July is the month where Summer hits its stride. It's an endless parade of pool parties, barbecues, and hot days. Not to mention the food: burgers, grilled pizza, berries, ice cream, avocados, and salads. Clearly, we're embracing the gloriousness that is the warm season and encourage you to do the same! To make our lives easier, we are turning to five little items. Here are our must haves for the next 31 days.
I'm looking for ideas for lighting my kitchen. My kitchen is long and narrow. The style is Medieval-ish; this site shows what I'd like my kitchen to look like. I aready have the brickwork and dark wood going on. I was thinking of using copper colanders in some way, but I'd like some examples to get a feel for how I want to place: lights, colanders, etc.
Zyada, I love your idea of using light fixtures made from colanders! It's perfect for a kitchen. Copperware would also work really well with your Medieval theme. If you want to make your own hanging colander light fixture, like the one shown at left, here is a tutorial to make one. You can also make a table lamp with a colander shade — here are instructions. You could also try hanging light spheres using two colanders enclosing the bulb — learn how here. Or, you could make a sconce, installing the colander directly to the wall.
Another way to integrate copper colanders is to use them as vases, or even simply as bowls for your fruits and veggies.
Does anyone else have ideas for Zyada as to how she can use copper colanders in her kitchen, be it a light fixture or something else? Please comment below!
Pasta is back on the table these days, because low-carb diets are no longer popular and noodles are cheap. Portion control with spaghetti, though, has never really been our strong suit here in the States. We're apt to pile the noodles onto our plates and eat up.
That's where this colander comes in handy; not only will it strain your pasta, but you can also measure out portions of long noodles like spaghetti and linguine in the holes on the sides of the strainer. I love a multitasking kitchen tool. You can pick one up at leslies-kitchen.com for $7. Even with portion control, I'd stick with whole wheat pasta, since it offers fiber and so many other nutritional benefits.
I recently polled you on your love for Todd Oldham's ice cream cone carnation floral arrangement, and you were pretty split on it. I on the other hand was not a fan; although in general, I feel that the world-renowned designer can do no wrong. Today is no exception to that notion, though. Oldham has created another arrangement for FTD, the Todd Oldham Green Salad ($79.99), this time using a colander as a vase. I adore this innovative use of a colander, not only for its good looks but because it is something everyone can achieve. Of course, it helps to have a vibrant, kelly green colander to perk things up, but I love it regardless of color. It's also a great housewarming gift, as the colander can be used in the kitchen once the arrangement falls by the wayside. Love it?
I love bright and colorful kitchen accessories, so imagine my delight when I stumbled upon these folding colanders ($22.89).
They come in hot pink or neon green and fold into a square-shaped colander or lie completely flat for easy storage.
Considering I have a small kitchen with limited cabinet space, I love this functional colander. How about you?
In the kitchen there are usually a bunch of things that people take for granted and never think twice about. They get taken out to do their function and then put back as soon as possible. One of these items is a colander. When choosing a colander, you should look for one that is well balanced, not too big for your sink, fits in your cupboard, and has a nice solid base. You can pay over $50 for a great one, or find a surprising one for less than $10.
If money and space is no objection, then definitely look into the All-Clad Stainless 5 Quart Colander ($69.99). The large capacity will allow you to strain almost anything and the heavy stainless steel is corrosion-resistant and non-reacitve to acidic food. The handles have been sized for a firm grip and have re-inforced rivets for strength. Oh and did I mention that it's actually dishwasher safe?
Three more colanders, including one for a tiny apartment, so read more