How to Use a Salad Spinner
What is a Salad Spinner?
The salad spinner is a kitchen stool that not only allows you to thoroughly wash your salad ingredients but dries them too! It has always been one of my favorite kitchen gadgets and when my last spinner broke I went on the hunt for a replacement.
First stop was Amazon as I prefer to buy recommended products and I eventually purchased a recommended spinner has so far lived up to the high ratings.
I find the salad spinner is great accessory for the kitchen especially if you experience water drenched lettuce in salad. However, even worse than soggy lettuce is dirt in your lettuce leaves! This is not a very appetizing and you don't want your guests or family members to find dirt in their salad; a good quality salad spinner can prevent both these issues from occurring.
Salad Spinner Purpose
The spinner l is basically a salad "dryer". It does an amazing job of keeping not only the lettuce crisp but any other ingredients that need washing will remain crisp as well. There is nothing better than a tasty salad that has a bit of crunch. Waterlogged lettuce is anything but crunchy!
I can now thoroughly wash my salads with this gadget without the worry of how to drain it. You could see how much hidden dirt particles you were removing from your lettuce just by looking at the rinse water in the spinner. It was amazing that I could wash and spin it many times until the water ran clear without sacrificing the crisp texture of the lettuce.
Types of Salad Spinners
There are several types of modern salad spinners and some of these, like the stainless steel variety, are heavy duty and will last forever. I still have my original salad spinner, its not very pretty, and has recently stopped working properly. It is a white plastic version and has taken a lot of abuse over the years but it still did its job for an incredibly long time. My hope was to purchase another spinner that would give me years of service like this one!
There are four types of mechanisms that run the spinners. These are a crank handle, a push pump, a pull cord or even electricity. Electric spinners used mainly for commercial settings and can be expensive. These are not usually necessary for home use.
Salad spinners are more stylish now then they were when I bought mine. They now come in a range of colours and designs but still retain their functionality.
How to Use a Salad Spinner
Salad spinners are very easy to use and clean. Review the steps below to ensure you make a nice crisp salad every time. You can create a salad you will be proud to serve to guests - no more soggy salad!
- Prepare your salad ingredients by chopping up your vegetables and fruits, do not add any ingredients that do not require washing.
- Remove the strainer basket from the salad spinner
- Put your prepared salad ingredients in the strainer basket. Be careful not to over stuff the basket as it will not spin as strongly and may remain wet.
- Flush the basket thoroughly with water, shaking it gently, ensuring the salad is well washed. Note the colour of the rinse water and keep rinsing until it runs clear.
- Put the strainer back into the salad spinner and put the lid on it. Make sure it's on tight and in the correct position.
- Start the spinning the salad. Depending on the type of spinner you will either turn the crank on the lid, push the plunger up and down, or pull the cord!
- Spin it for at least 15 seconds.
- Take off the top and put your freshly spun salad into your salad bowl, you can now add additional ingredients such as croutons.
OXO Salad Spinner - My New Spinner
This is the best selling spinner that I now own. I purchased it based on great reviews and I wasn't disappointed.
It drys your greens and herbs to perfection. I have recently changed my diet to plant based and now my spinner is a necessary kitchen tool not just a "nice to have". A spinner helps to create healthy and delicious salads that are nice and crisp.
OXO is an excellent brand name. In my research I noted that this company has taken the time to research and develop the mechanics of spinners to ensure their durability and function.
As a result of the OXO research solutions to the problems that cause spinners to break down or not dry the salad properly were addressed. The result is this reasonably priced salad spinner for home use that can benefit all home cooks!
I noted that this product had been rated very highly by thousands of purchasers. I always read reviews before I make any purchase and Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop.
Top Spinner: Oxo Spinner Demonstration
The Best Spinners Improve the Taste of your Salad
Did you know that the taste of your salad can actually be improved by the use of a spinner?
The reason for this is because the spinning dries out the lettuce and this allows the oils and dressings to adhere to the salad ingredients and as a result adds to the taste and texture. When your salad is full of water the dressing oils will not cling but will rain through to create a puddle in the bottom of the bowl. I have had this happen to me on many occasions.
There is nothing worse than serving soggy lettuce to guests. As you can now see the spinner does double duty by not only ensuring the lettuce and vegetables are well washed but by preventing a waterlogged salad as well.
How Do They Work?
Salad spinners all work with the use of centrifugal force to separate the salad ingredients from the water. As demonstrated in the video above they are most often manual devices that use a hand pump.
There are commercial versions that are electric but for home use this is not necessary, the manual spinners work well for serving smaller groups.
The History of the Salad Spinner
It is a relatively new invention that was first patented in France in 1972. It was also know as a "salad dryer" or a "salad washer" and even a "salad tosser" The name "spinner" was patented in the version created by an inventor in Hong Kong. The various patents were for the different mechanisms that could move the spinner such as cranks, pull cords, pumps and electric.
This gadget made its way to the American mass market in 1974 and was a huge success. There were some critics who thought it would not last because they thought it was a new gourmet "fad" but that proved to be untrue. It is still a common household appliance today!
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© 2012 Sharon Bellissimo