I thought that this: is both a sieve and a strainer, depending on what it is used for: -- sieve for "separating" or breaking down dry food like flour; -- strainer for separating solids from liquids. A colander has the same function of a strainer but the design is optimized for certain kind of foods and actions, like taking pasta out of boiling water when cooked, or wash smaller/smaller-cut size vegetables. But I am never really sure . . . EDIT: what is the thing for making tea (take the tea out of the hot water) called? SERIOUS EDIT: I corrected the spelling to "sieve" . . . seeing all those endings in "-er" I added a final "-r" to sieve and make it into a "siever" which is incorrect, though I don't feel bad because it does the job of sifting . . .