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Spider Strainers



A Spider Strainer is a low, shallow, round basket on a handle.

The basket can be made of brass or stainless-steel wire. It is called "spider" because it looks a bit like a metal spider web.

The handle is usually made of bamboo or wood.

A small-sized basket may be 4 to 5 inches (10 to 12 1/2 cm) wide, and about 10 inches (25 cm) long altogether. Large ones will likely have a 10 inch (25 cm) basket attached to a 13 inch (33 cm) long handle.

Spider Strainers are used in Asian cooking for stir-frying in woks, and deep-frying.

Some people say Spider Strainers make the best kitty-litter scoops.

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Also called:

Wok Strainer; Zhao Li (Chinese)

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See also:

Strainers and Sieves

Chinois Strainer; Colander; Dumpling Strainer; Spider Strainers; Straining; Tea Balls; Tea Strainers

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