Bulky colanders and wire sieves take up premium cabinet space but are necessary for draining cooked veggies and pasta, or straining stock. Chef’s Planet’s new Clip & Drain ($12 to $15) can turn almost any pot into a strainer. The 6-inch wide perforated, rounded triangle, which comes in black, red, and white, is made of sturdy plastic and clips onto the pot rim. Liquid drains through the holes while the food stays inside. Give it prime cabinet space — you’ll use it often — and tuck away space-hogging colanders. Available at Kitchenwitch JP, 671 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-6800; Tags Hardware, 29 White St., Cambridge, 617-868-7711; Concord Cookware, 13 Walden St., Concord, 978-371-2286; Sur la Table locations; or go to www.chefsplanet.com.
ANN TRIEGER KURLAND