How to Use a Salad Spinner
One of my favorite tools in the kitchen is the salad spinner. If you have ever experienced water-drenched lettuce in your salads or tried to prepare and wash any salad ingredients, you will appreciate this handy tool.
Dirt in your lettuce leaves or a fruit salad sitting in a pool of water are other common problems and a good quality salad spinner can prevent both of these issues from ever occurring.
What Is A Salad Spinner?
The salad spinner is a versatile kitchen tool 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 and couldn't be fixed, I went on the hunt for a replacement.
My first stop was Amazon. I prefer to review ratings and purchase recommended products when I shop online. I eventually purchased a highly recommended spinner that has so far lived up to the high ratings.
What Is The Purpose Of A Salad Spinner?
The spinner 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 can see how much hidden dirt particles you've removed 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; it's not very pretty, and it 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, and an electric mechanism. Electric spinners are used mainly for commercial settings and can be expensive. These are not usually necessary for home use.
Most home use spinners use the crank or push top button. I have used both these types and like them equally. The crank is a handle that you turn in a circular motion on the side or top of the spinner. The push button is on top and you continually push it down as it pops up. I have never used a corded spinner but they work by a pull cord that you just keep pulling as it snaps back.
Salad spinners are more stylish now than they were when I bought mine originally. They 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. Follow 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
Chop up your vegetables and fruits and do not add any ingredients that do not require washing.
Lift out strainer basket and place your ingredients in it
Be careful not to overstuff the basket as it will not spin as strongly and may remain wet.
Fush thoroughly with water
You can rinse right under the tap then lift shake the basket gently, ensuring the salad is well washed. You are essentially using the strainer basket as a collander.
Put the the lid on the spinner
Make sure it's on tight and lined up correctly in position.
Start spinning the salad
Depending on the type of spinner you will either turn the crank, push the plunger button, or pull the cord! Spin it for at least 15 seconds or longer.
Remove your ingredients
Place your freshly spun salad into your salad bowl. You can now add additional ingredients such as croutons, bacon bits, seeds, or nuts.
It dries 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.
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 emerged when the different mechanisms such as cranks, pull cords, pumps and electric were invented.
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