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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