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A sieve

A sieve (also known as a strainer) is a kitchen utensil used to separate liquids or fine dry foods (like flour) from larger particles. It can also be used to break up lumps in dry ingredients (like cocoa powder) or to purée cooked foods by passing them through the sieve. Modern sieves are usually made from fine stainless steel mesh that has been pressed into a hemispherical shape, and then embedded in a plastic or steel carrier with a handle.