Creative Uses for a Salad Spinner

A salad spinner can be used to dry herbs and vegetables.
By Erika Jensen
August/September 2003
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As an avid gardener and salad eater, I have always loved my salad spinner. Now I use it for all kinds of things besides salad. For example, I use it to spin-dry herbs after I've washed them. I find my pesto tastes better if the basil leaves are dry before I process them with olive oil.

This summer I used the spinner when I froze surplus vegetables from the garden. After blanching, vegetables are usually soaked in ice water to cool them down quickly, then patted dry with paper towels or dish towels and finally packed into plastic storage bags. When I process vegetables, I use my salad spinner to spin the vegetables dry. This cuts down on paper towel use (expensive, wastes trees). Plus, it's much faster!

Erika Jensen
Prairie Farm, Wisconsin 

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Suzanne Horvath
3/23/2011 5:57:56 PM
Pam, your washing machine is not food safe. There might be a bacteria problem - even if you use bleach when you wash, this is probably not a good idea. You can buy restaurant size salad spinners that hold 5 gallons, which would be a lot of vegs.

Pam Feldhues
3/23/2011 12:42:55 PM
If you have large quantities of vegetables to spin out, how about using your washing machine's spin cycle. I read this in a book about using what you have, and it does work for salads, so why not, lots and lots of vegetables?

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