Tuesday, September 28, 2010

5 Minute Fix: DIY Salad Spinner

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

Yay! Greens have started to reappear in my CSA box. Even with summer coming to an end, I am still eager to eat salad, but what I am really looking forward to is spinach in comfort foods. Soup, casserole, gnocchi, biscuits - all laced with spinach. mmm...

Since my greens come fresh from the farm, they are often not clean. No pre-washed plastic-bagged veggies in this house! Also no plastic salad spinner. Yes, I do wash my lettuce, I assure you. I am sure a little dirt will not kill me, but that does not mean I wish to eat it. I just use a low-tech, low-impact method of drying my greens.

It goes something like this:

Wash your greens.

Place greens on a clean, thin towel.

Fold towel over on greens.

Gather towel corners to create a neat little package.

Now spin!

It is best to do this outside as you will have water flying everywhere. I don't know what I was thinking once when I did this inside. I had a streak of water up the wall, across the ceiling, down the wall behind me, and all along the floor! It eventually dried, but still, do this outside.

Just keep spinning until no more water flies out. I stop once or twice to open up the towel and shift the greens around. That way no water gets trapped between leaves. It is simple, effective, cheap, takes up way less shelf-space in your kitchen, and keeps one more piece of plastic out of your life.


Earthdrummer said...

I did the same exact thing the first time I decided that I didn't need a fancy contraption! Water everywhere!! Now we run out side with chickens chasing us, with hopes that some will fall out!!

Barb said...

Yeah one more plastic item bites the dust., beautiful cotton embroidered towelsnR always better!

Dea-chan said...

Awesome! So many people talk about how much they use their salad spinners, and I couldn't get over the plastic, and the space needed for it!

Green Bean said...

Uh-oh! My post for tomorrow includes, among other things, a salad spinner!

Nina said...

ha, I did this in our house too the first time. and with my son in the room who promptly started screaming! :) made me laugh I was so ditzy

oneordinaryday said...

Hah! I just watched Ina Garten doing this on Barefoot Contessa too. :)

Daisy said...

I wonder if the mesh produce bag I like so much would work?

Chris Worthy said...

I really need the specs on that snowman embroidery pattern... :)

Anonymous said...

I knew there was a better way! After all, there had to be a good way to dry lettuce before plastic was invented! Aside from patting each leaf down and using a dozen towels in the process (like I have been doing).


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