I was so looking forward to sharing the joys of my salad spinner with you only to find out that it seems to be a figment of my imagination. It does not exist outside my kitchen. I looked everywhere online and nobody seems to sell this particular salad spinner. The closest I could find is the Rösle Salad Spinner but considering it is over $100, well, as much as I love it I would not spend that kind of money of a salad spinner.
It is imperative to have a salad spinner if you make your own salads at home. Obviously oil and water do not mix so if there is a lot of water on your greens, the dressing will not properly coat the leaves and the flavour will be lost. I have tried the old trick of putting the greens in a tea towel and spinning it around and all that does it get water all over your kitchen ceiling and end up with a still-wet salad. It is a cool idea though! Just wished it worked.
I have had many salad spinners that were a disaster. All plastic and almost completely useless. I have lots of hand and shoulder pain and hurt myself practically every time I used it, thus, the avoidance to eating salad began. One day in the Superstore my husband spotted this fancy stainless steel retractable cord salad spinner and was completely impressed with the design. He said there was no way I could break it (which I am so good at) because the design was so simple and the materials were so strong. You pulled on it and it spun. No pushing down on a button or churning of a lever. I figured there was no way. I mean spending $25 on a salad spinner seemed ridiculous! I had no idea until now, just what a deal it was.
First, I love using it as a cleaning vessel for my greens. I fill it up with water and add a little vinegar and then toss them in and swish. It already has a its own strainer of course so I lift it out and then do the process all over again with just water. After straining, I put it back inside, put the top on and pull the cord over and over again. Easy.
Everything will not be bone-dry but the greens will not be soaking wet. This salad spinner works like a charm and recently I have been using it to store my greens in it after washing them and putting them in the fridge. They are always ready to go for an impromptu salad. The raised strainer gives it a lot of air to circulate around the leaves and because it is covered it prevents wilting.
So I apologize that this post is a bit of a tease! You can totally tease me back. So do you love or hate your salad spinner? Do you use one at all? We’re having a great discussion about it at Food Network Canada and my Facebook page. Would love to hear your opinion! So far most people have one and love it!