I’d like to thank Janel for giving me the opportunity to guest post while she is off enjoying her exotic and relaxing honeymoon. My name is Jess and I blog at A Fete for Food about cooking and eating healthy, local, delicious food when I can find it. In French, “fete” means party; my blog is essentially about celebrating all food has to offer us (after all, who doesn’t like a good party?)
I thought I’d talk a bit about my favorite kitchen appliance: the salad spinner. I’m one for clean greens, and I’ve found the only way to get lettuce and other greens squeaky clean is to use a salad spinner. I’ve chewed up many-a-garden-grown salad with gritty sand still buried in the leaves. This is a total appetite turn-off.
I bought the Oxo Salad Spinner (both the big and small, by accident… oops) and when you place the lettuce in, the cover on, and start the spin cycle, it creates this whippingly fast vortex that removes virtually all of the water from your greens, thus preventing a wilted salad later on. I’ve also used it to clean bunches of cilantro and parsley; works like a charm.
It also keeps the salad greens out of the sink. The sink can harbor some creepy crawly bacteria I’m sure you’d prefer not to have on your salad – the salad spinner has grips that make it stick securely to the counter or flat surface your using.
The only disadvantage of the salad spinner is its size. The large size takes up a good amount of cabinet space, but is efficient when you’re cleaning large bunches of greens. I personally recommend the medium-sized one for general day-to-day salad prep. I’ve tried a couple other salad spinners, but find this one superior in quality, durability, and ease of cleaning.
Now that spring is here and fresh, local greens are becoming available, I can’t wait to start using this more often!
Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote this Oxo product, and I paid for the spinner(s) with my own money. I just really enjoy using it.