Chinois worth purchasing if I already have bowl-shaped strainers?

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  1. robenco18

    robenco18

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    Hello all!

    So I have various sizes of the CIA Masters Collection bowl-shaped strainers.



    I love them and they have worked wonderfully for my many straining needs from stocks to drinks to whatever else I've used them for. I also use Michael Rulhman's straining clothes in tandem, which are fantastic.

    Are there any major advantages or things I can't do with my strainers I have now compared to a chinois? I do plan on purchasing a tamis so I do understand the differences between that and a strainer, but a chinois seems to just be a much larger conical strainer.

    Any thoughts? Is a chinois redundant?

    Thank you!