Name: Fine Mesh Strainer - Chinois
- Description: A chinois is a fine mesh strainer used to capture solids of a liquid, such as a sauce, flavored vinegar, a sorbet or ice cream base, custard mix, and more. When chinois strainers are used, the result is a very smooth liquid. It has a conical shape with a handle, and some models have protective wires around the end of the cone. The fine mesh of these strainers are typically made of stainless steel.
- How to Use It: Liquid is poured into the cone and it is worked out through the end by using a ladel, spoon, or pestal, pressing on any solids to extract all the liquid.
- Related to: A china cap.
Image above: I used a chinois to strain a prickly pear and mango sorbet before processing.
Below is a video on how a chef uses a chinois to strain a butter sauce.
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