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A mesh strainer type of sieve

A sieve, or sifter, separates wanted elements from unwanted material using a filter such as a mesh or net. However in cooking, especially with flour, a sifter is used to airate the substance, among other things. A strainer is a type of sieve typically used to separate a solid from a liquid. The word "sift" derives from sieve.


Sieving is a simple and convenient analytical technique of separating Pratheen particles of different sizes. A small sieve such as is used for sieving flour has very small holes which allow only very fine flour particles to pass through them. The coarse particles are retained in the sieve and are broken up by the mechanical action performed on the sieve. Depending upon the types of particles to be separated, sieves with different types of holes are used. Separating tea leaves from tea is not considered as sieving.

Types of sieves used in cooking

  • Colander, a (typically) bowl-shaped sieve used as a strainer in cooking
  • Chinoise, or conical sieve used as a strainer, also sometimes used like a food mill
  • Tamis, also known as a drum sieve
  • Zaru, or bamboo sieve, used in Japanese cooking
  • Flour sifter, used in baking
  • Mesh strainer, or just "strainer," usually consisting of a fine metal mesh screen on a metal frame
  • Spider, used in Chinese cooking
  • Tea strainer, specifically intended for use when making tea
  • Cocktail strainer, a bar accessory

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