This bowl, constructed of metal or plastic, is covered with a series of holes through which the liquid can drain away from foods like boiled pastas and potatoes. They are also useful for cleaning bunches of fruits and vegetables, allowing water to be drained as it is washed over the food.
A colander (sometimes spelled collander) is a type of sieve used in cooking for separating liquids and solids. It is usually made of a light metal, such as aluminium or thinly rolled stainless steel, although it is not uncommon for it to be made of plastic. A colander is pierced with a pattern of small holes for the liquid to drain through, but allowing the solids to remain inside the sieve itself.