This $11 clip-on strainer makes cooking pasta so much easier

It’s tiny, it’s cute (green!), and it clips on to the side of your pots and pans . Simply tilt the pot and it strains the pasta cooking water out of the side into your sink. It also works for ground meats, tomatoes, canned tuna, fruits, vegetables and so much more.

It fits every pan and pot I have. Attach it to a bowl, use it to wash off your berries, and back in they go. No muss, no fuss, no mess. It’s one of those genius time-saving inventions so brilliant that I wonder why I didn't discover it sooner.

Courtesy of Donna Freydkin

Oh wait — did I mention it comes in a variety of bright colors, and that it’s just under $11? It’s made of food-safe silicone and can be cleaned with a simple rinse.

Is it worth it?

Well, if you don’t eat pasta, fruits, vegetables or anything that needs straining, I’d give this a pass. But if you’re like the rest of us and the thought of washed raspberries and easy, painless strained ravioli fills you with utter, unabashed giddiness, I’d say this is most likely the best kitchen purchase you’ll make this year.

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