The Chef Basket Review: Overview, Pros and Cons, and Special Features

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The Chef Basket is a cooking tool that promises to take your cooking skills to a whole new level. The Chef Basket is a collapsible wire-mesh colander that can be used for indoor or outdoor cooking. The device stows away easily than a large colander. The Chef Basket is quite versatile too. It can be used in the steamer and allows cooked food to be transferred to a serving dish with ease.

The Claim

So what makes the Chef Basket different from your average colander? This nifty tool can be used as a deep fryer caddy, as a strainer, and as a traditional colander. The Chef Basket can be used in boiling, parboiling, steaming, frying, poaching, and blanching. And what sets this tool apart from other kitchen utensils is that is collapsible. Chef Basket is perfect for small kitchens with very limited space. It is also compact so you can take it outdoors.

The Pros and Cons of the Chef Basket


  • Collapsible, it folds completely flat for storage
  • Can be used to rinse and cook different types of food
  • Perfect for blanching and steaming
  • Cook healthy, yummy food in a jiffy


  • The material feels flimsy; the construction does not seem durable
  • Does not fit all types of pots
  • Holes may be too large for certain types of pasta
  • You can use a traditional colander to get the job done

This kitchen utensil will set you back $10. One of the biggest draws of this product is that it allows users to strain pasta just like a chef. The construction of the Chef Basket allows for efficient cooking without burning the fingers from the heat. The handle of the Chef Basket is also designed to remain cool to the touch.

The Chef Basket has a timer so you can cook food perfectly. Just pour the pasta into the basket, drop it in boiling water and wait until the timer goes off. After the timer goes off, you can drain the pasta without using a separate strainer.

Our Final Thoughts

Chef Basket is an excellent tool especially if you love eating healthy dishes. The device is unlike other kitchen utensils that gather dust because of lack of use. That said, the basket is not a perfect tool. Again, the holes are too big for certain types of pasta. This device will not work for macaroni and smaller pasta shape. Chef Basket is also very easy to clean. The device can be cleaned manually or in a dishwasher. The Chef basket is also user-friendly. There are no hidden parts or small components that could get lost when you use it. And there is also less cleanup after cooking, which is a plus if you are hosting a large event.

That said, we could not guarantee that this device will replace traditional colander. And unless you are eating rigatoni pasta for the rest of your life, it is hard to use the Chef Basket to cook other types of pasta. The construction looks flimsy so it is not designed for heavy duty cooking.

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