Salad Spinner Article

For Better Salads

A Salad Spinner is fine for washing and drying lettuce, spinach, herbs, and other greens.

Be careful about washing and drying blackberries and raspberries in your spinner. They may get a bit mushy.

I have tried using commercial lettuce spinners.

They work, but they are heavy.

Salad Spinners

At home I use to have a sturdy plastic spinner-washer that worked just as well and is much lighter and easier to use than a commercial spinner. It is large enough for my family's needs and we eat a lot of salad.

That is one factor to think about when deciding on what spinner you might purchase. How much volume do you need?

OXO makes two good lettuce spinners; one is small, the other is larger.

The small OXO Good Grips 1045409 Mini Salad and Herb Spinner pictured on the right works the same way as the larger one.

OXO Good Grips 32480 Salad Spinner is pictured to the left.

One hand is all you need to press the soft, cushioned knob to start the spinning. The knob locks down so you can store it easily. There is a built-in brake when the job is done and you can use the basket and bowl separately.

The small OXO spinner is really only for one or two salad eaters and you can store the salad in your refrigerator after washing and drying to keep it fresh.

Zyliss also makes a small salad washer and it also does a good job.

Check out the Zyliss Small Easy Spin Salad Washer.

It holds 6 cups and is only about 6 inches high x 6 inches wide x 9 inches long. Zyliss also makes larger models.

If you have a large refrigerator you can place the larger models in it but many people simply do not have enough room.

All of these are dishwasher-safe on the top rack.

What do I use?

I have an OXO Salad Washer, but honestly, I clean greens in the sink ...the old fashioned way.

This is an item you can "pass on." Save your money.

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