A few weeks ago, I brought my fine mesh strainer to a friend’s house for a cooking project and forgot to take it home, kicking off 36 hours of torment. “No strainer, no strainer,” I chanted quietly on the way home from work, hoping to keep myself from falling into the trap I knew was coming—but it was no use. “I have no idea what we’re going to cook.”Like a Swiss Army knife or Inspector Gadget, a fine mesh strainer is ready for anything. Fine mesh strainers come in all shapes and sizes, from teeny and pointy at the bottom to stand-alone and very large. Dependable and versatile, inexpensive and no-nonsense, it’s possible that a fine mesh strainer is the ideal kitchen tool.