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Tamis and chinois, what size openings for general use?

Seitan | Dec 3, 201501:13 AM    

I have one tamis and three ordinary kitchen strainers that I've been using for a long time that are starting to break down. So I'm looking to upgrade. After a bit of research, it looks like I almost have too many choices.

Tamis:
3 mm hole
1.6 mm hole
1 mm hole
.7 mm hole
.5 mm hole

Chinois:
(single mesh)
.5 mm hole
1 mm hole
(double mesh)
.5 mm hole

I don't even know what size opening my current tamis or strainers are, so I'm not sure what to look for. To give myself the most versatility, should I pick a large and also a small opening, or should I get a few different sizes, or do I even need more than one size?

What types of things are the different sizes ideally suited for?

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