I like salads. I like salads a lot. But for many years the washing and drying of fresh lettuce was a pain. It would turn into an all day affair – spreading out the paper towels on the sink, then then wet lettuce, then another row of paper towels. Drying always took so long, after multiple layers of the towels. Often, I was too lazy to go through the process and would therefore not use the lettuce before it went bad in the fridge. Sometimes I would buy the bags of prewashed/precut lettuce, but they always taste old to me and once the bag is open it doesn’t last very long.
That was until I broke down and bought a salad spinner a couple of years ago after seeing it at a friend’s house. When I got home from the grocery store yesterday, my initial reaction to washing lettuce was the pre-salad spinner aversion to having to wash it. But, I pulled out that salad spinner, separated and washed the lettuce, and wound the spinner. Within seconds, the lettuce was water free and ready to store.
Fresh lettuce lasts so much longer when washed and stored correctly. I can get almost two weeks out of it.
The salad spinner has been a welcomed addition to the kitchen. It’s probably in my top 5 most-used kitchen equipment – worth every penny!