How on earth are you going to declutter your kitchen with a fine mesh strainer? You certainly can’t use it to haul junk out of there—but what we mean is you can use it so many different ways that it serves as a multipurpose tool, so you don’t need as many gadgets in your kitchen!

Use It as a Sifter – Most people don’t bake cakes from scratch very often, and even the flour available in the grocery store is of such fine quality that having a sifter in the cabinet isn’t usually necessary any more. For those times when you do bake, or need a sifter for making sure you aren’t adding lumps of flour to gravy, your stainless steel food strainer sifts just fine.

Wash Small Fruits and Vegetables – It’s easy enough to pick up each apple or potato that you need to wash and give it a scrub and rinse, but what about berries? You sure don’t want to pick up each one of those and wash it by hand. A food strainer is a great alternative to a fancy produce-washing bowl that just takes up extra room in the cupboard any time it isn’t in use. Elisabeth Nielsen’s larger food strainer is the right size for all your smaller produce like berries, cherry tomatoes, and brussels sprouts.

Rinse Grains and Seeds (even Quinoa!) – Most colanders and even some strainers have holes that are too big for rinsing small grains like rice and millet. Quinoa has become extremely popular over the last few years because it is gluten-free and high in protein, but those little seeds fall right through strainers with larger holes, so a fine mesh is perfect for rinsing them in preparation for cooking.

Brew Tea – The smaller strainer works well for brewing tea. The mesh is fine enough to hold back leaves. For extra convenience, the strainer set comes with a three-piece tea infuser ball set at no extra charge. The tea infusers are small enough to fin in a utensil drawer, so you won’t need any extra storage space for the added convenience of having a tea steeper ready to brew up a cup, or even a pot, of your favorite herbal tea any time of day.

Strain Pulps and Juices – Probably the most basic use of a food strainer is to separate out solids from liquids, like when you are making a broth. They also useful for removing pulp and seeds when you want to make a smooth sauce from cooked vegetables or fruits.

Drain pasta – Instead of a plastic colander, you can use a stainless steel food strainer to capture cooked pasta and let the water run through. If you want to cook a whole pound at a time, you may have to drain it in increments so you don’t overflow the strainer, but the handle with its plastic grip makes it easy to empty the contents and get ready for more.