Kitchen Stuff: The Salad Spinner

Salad Spinner

In a small kitchen, you don’t need a lot of equipment to cook great food. Still, you do need some pots, pans, utensils, and dishes–obviously. In the BGSK book, you’ll find a bare bones list of necessary tools, but I’ve long wanted to bring you a similar resource on the web.

So we’re going one by one, stocking up our virtual pantries and maybe our real ones too. You can see the whole “set” here.

We could probably all use some extra salad in our lives. For me, one of the biggest deterrents to eating more greens comes in the form of prep work: washing and drying the greens. That’s why–even though it occupies a whole shelf in a my cabinet–I own a OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner and wouldn’t trade it for anything. By spinning the greens with lots of centripetal force, the water flies right off, making the whole job less annoying. The alternative is dabbing each leaf with a paper towel til it’s dry and ready for dressing. Not fun.

If, however, there’s just no room for a spinner, you might try using a fruit and veggie drying mat. I’d recommend washing the lettuce an hour before dinner, then leaving it to airdry on the mat, flipping it once.

Here are the salads you’ll eat way more of now that you (top to bottom):

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  • Janice (@Kitchen Heals Soul)

    Seems to me, I read on The Kitchn that you can also spin your “delicates” in a salad spinner to ring them out without damaging them. That’s what I call a multi-purpose tool 😉

  • Sammi Sunshine

    I wish I had one of these! My parents have a salad spinner, and never use it!


    • BGSK

      Ha! Maybe you can “borrow” it from them…

      • Sammi @Sammi Sunshine

        Great idea! They’ll never miss it. Lol

  • kittykaite

    Get a collapsible salad spinner!! It takes up a third of the space

    • BGSK

      You have a link? I’d love to see!

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