Don Smith, a 70-year-old Victoria retiree, called me tonight with a question I’ve never received.
"Where the heck can I find one of those wire-metal strainers? I got a concoction for garlic, but I need to strain the juice away from the seeds."
Smith wants to strain the juice from garlic, cauliflower, grapes, olives and other fruits and vegetables. Why?
"Just think. Use your brain," he said. "Why did God put all this in the Bible if he didn’t want you to use it? God talks about olives, grapes, and they’re both good for you. Onions, another one. I’ll pickle it with vinegar and what have you. I want to drain this off the fruit."
He can’t use conventional strainers, though, because the holes are just too big. He needs one of those wire strainers that allow only the finest of material and liquid to pass.
"I’ve considered using cloth to strain the juice, but I’d much rather find a strainer I could use for many purposes," he told me.
Mr. Smith wants the strainer to be no bigger than 3 inches in diameter. He said he shopped local stores but couldn’t find one.
"Cook healthy. Eat healthy," he said. "My momma taught me that."
Because this blog aims to solicit input from the public, Mr. Smith asked me to post his request here. I figure, what the heck.
Do you know where Smith can find a small, wire-metal strainer? If so, he asks you to call him at 361-576-2433.
Thanks for your help,
Gabe Semenza / Advocate public service editor
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