Hooks to side of pan. Instead of having to pour out an entire pot of hot boiling water into a colander, the noodle strainer allows you to remove the noodles directly from the pot by straining them out. Since cooked noodles typically float to the top of the pot, the long-handled strainer with a fine mesh cup attached lets you skim the noodles from the top. You can then turn off your boiling water, and wait for it to cool before pouring it out. You won’t get steamed or risk burning yourself, as you do when you use a colander. The noodle strainer definitely gets a vote as being safer and more convenient to use.
You can also use a noodle strainer to remove boiling vegetables, or for straining out meats from stock. It’s far easier to use a noodle strainer to lift pieces of chicken out of chicken stock than it is to position a colander over a bowl and hope you don’t lose any of your precious stock. Strainers can additionally help skim fat off the top of soups or stews. Hand wash only.