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Colander (right) with other sieves

A colander is a large perforated bowl used to drain foods. It generally has a stand, so that it can be set to stand in a sink or larger bowl, allowing liquids to drain out the bottom and sides. Colanders are usually made from light-weight metal, such as aluminium or thinly rolled stainless steel, but are sometimes made from enamelled iron, ceramics, or plastic.