These mesh strainers are meant to be used directly over a pan or pot for sauces. Balance the hooks on one side of the pot and the handle on the other and you have hands free capabilities to add whatever ingredients you see fit. The strain can also be used to fish unwanted ingredients, such as bay leaves, out of the pot. When working this close to hot water, it is important that employees remember to follow proper burn precautions from water. Anytime cooks are planning on moving the pot, even if just a little, gloves or a towel should be worn over the hands to prevent burning from the extremely hot sides or handles of the pot that can heat up rapidly when cooking.
Never peer directly into a boiling pot, the water bubbles that are bursting are unpredictable and can pop right in an employee’s face causing severe burns. The same goes for removing the lid of a pot that has been simmering for a while. The steam that has built up under the lid is not only hot, but has a lot of energy behind it and can cause extremely painful burns.