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Makes many tasks easier
on 15 December 2009
I've had one of these attachments for years and have used it frequently to make smooth tomato sauce; sieve out the seeds from raspberries and blackberries when making fruit sauces; mash potatoes, parsnips or butternut squash; and sieve out the fibres from soups such as fennel or celery which may remain after liquidizing. I simmer frozen peas with stock and pieces of ham and then sieve the lot to remove all the fibres of meat and pea skins leaving a delicious puree. I also use it when making a smooth Meditierranean fish soup. After liquidizing one has a slurry of fish, stock and vegetables and, as a first stage of clearing out all the fibres, I use the colander before finally passing the liquid through a fine-mesh conical sieve. Using the colander first greatly reduces the amount of effort needed with the fine-mesh sieve.
The only negative points are that you have to scrap the under-side of the sieve to get all the material off and the removable sieve can fall out and make a mess. Seeds or compacted food material can get stuck in the holes of the sieve and need to be vigorously brushed with something like a toothbrush or on occasion I have to use a fine metal skewer and poke seeds out manually. The fine sieve is much more useful than the coarse one. Don't be tempted to put the sieves in the dishwasher: it ruins them.
The colander works better with the plastic Kenlyte bowl with handles than the stainless steel bowl with no handles as the circular motion of the blade can cause the colander to rotate too.
This version of the colander only works with the Chef and not the Kenwood Major. I've just bought the latter and had to buy the colander that fits