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Using a Salad Spinner - Buy the Best Salad Spinner

Updated on January 11, 2010

Salad Spinner

Not everyone eats salads, so salad spinners aren't for everyone, but for those of us who enjoy a nice cold salad every now and then, salad spinners are a wonderful tool to have in the kitchen.

Salad spinners are generally made of plastic, but they also come in stainless steel. Either way, they consist of a strainer, a bowl, and a special top that when closed allows whatever is on the inside spin. The spinning motion pulls excess water off of the salad, letting it flow through the strainer where it collects in the bowl. The lid will have either a pump, pull, or some kind of knob to turn in order to spin the strainer on the inside of the bowl.

Salad spinners are great because when you use a salad spinner, you don't have to pat dry the lettuce, and if you leave the water, it'll dilute the taste of the vegetables in the salad and the salad dressing. Salad spinners take the hassle out of preparing a salad, and provide a yummy, washed salad for you to eat.

Using a Salad Spinner

Salad spinners are pretty simple to use, and like explained above they spin the excess water off the lettuce so that it does not weigh down the lettuce nor dilute the ingredients within the salad or the dressing on the salad.

Basically this is how it works:

  • Rinse your lettuce however you like.
  • Place your lettuce inside the strainer.
  • Place the strainer inside the bowl.
  • Snap on the lid.
  • Activate spinning.

Or you can put the lettuce in the strainer first, rinse off the lettuce, and then place the strainer in the spinner, whichever method you find works best for you.

  • After several seconds, stop the spinner.
  • Remove the top.
  • Remove the spinner.
  • Empty the water in the bowl into the sink.
  • Your salad is ready to add your toppings and to serve.

You don't have to use the salad spinner to only rinse off water from the lettuce. You can also use a salad spinner to store lettuce in the refrigerator. All you have to do, is replace the strainer in the bowl and secure the lid, and you have the perfect lettuce hold.

Choosing a Salad Spinner

Because salad spinners come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, it may be hard to decide which one you want. Well, the secret is that they all work with the same basic principle; the only real difference is the lid and what causes the salad to spin. Although, most modern salad spinners have the pump spinners, where you press down on a pump or on the cylinder to start the spinning motion.

Some salad spinners have a brake that lets you stop the spinning by just pressing a button. Generally the pump spinners will have the brake button, but the pull-cord spinners may not have the brake option.

You'll find that most salad spinners are dishwasher safe, but you'll still want to read the washing instructions before throwing the salad spinner in your dishwasher and pulling it back out melted.

As for the size of the salad spinner, you'll find that most come in 2-3 or 4-6 serving size. If you're feeding a large family, you'll probably want the larger option in order to cut down spinning time by doing it all at once.

You'll want to consider the material of the salad spinner, as well as the material on the bottom of the spinner. Most salad spinners are made of plastic, but you can purchase stainless steel salad spinners. As for the bottom, it's nice to have rubber grips so that the spinner won't get carried away and hop right off the counter while spinning.

Salad spinners are ideal for most kitchens, as it makes preparing a meal or even a snack simpler. By using a salad spinner of any variety, you will save time that you could spend with your friends or family.

When buying a salad spinner just make sure that you consider the size of the bowl, grips on the bottom of the bowl, and how the spinner generates its spin. You want to make sure that you're happy with your purchase before the product comes home.


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    • Efficient Admin profile image

      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I love my salad spinner. It makes washing greens so much easier because it dries them as well. This is such a well written and informative hub, thank you for sharing. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting.

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      camdjohnston12 6 years ago

      Good advice using salad spinner. Thanks for the hub you shared.