Become a Better Cook! This Just Maika Cooking: Cook’s Notebook section will focus on everything related to using a salad spinner connected to all my recipe posts, updated frequently.
5 Things You’ll Be Glad You’ve Learned about the Salad Spinner
- 5 Things You’ll Be Glad You’ve Learned about the Salad Spinner
- What is a Salad Spinner?
- 1. Tips for Soggy Greens
- 2. Your Favorite Kitchen Pal for Fast Prep
- 3. Use even for Herbs
- 4. Steps on How to Garnish with Herbs
- 5. Where to find these Salad Spinners?
- Video Overview Using the Salad Spinner
- Cook's Notebook: Become a Better Cook!
To develop most of my recipes, I've used the Cuisinart Salad Spinner.
What is a Salad Spinner?
A useful tool to wash and dry leafy greens. The spinner is usually divided into three parts: a basket insert, bowl container, and lid with a mechanism to spin it, usually by pumping or spinning a nob.
1. Tips for Soggy Greens
After washing greens, you’ll deal with them being wet and soggy. This is not great, especially if you are adding dressing to it. The salad spinner helps wash it and dry it so that the greens are back to their original state.
Plus, if you find your greens getting soggy, try adding a couple of ice cubes to the water bath, drain, and dry to crisp them back up.
2. Your Favorite Kitchen Pal for Fast Prep
If you deal with a lot of greens, from salads to herbs, it’s ideal for you. It can make prep time much faster, with fewer tools, and easy enough to put away when done. You won’t need a colander or a bowl. Just place it into the container, fill it with water, and remove the basket to drain. place the basket back in and spin. Then plate it up or serve it.
3. Use even for Herbs
You’ll notice I mentioned herbs when you buy them; there is still dirt on them. If you watch many cooking videos, they will mention rinsing and patting dry your herbs before using. I prefer to use the salad spinner since I don’t have to waste paper towels and grab other equipment, and it dries it instantly, cutting my prep time in half. The benefits of dried herbs, it’s way easier to chop without worrying about scrapping your blade to remove the clumped wet herbs.
4. Steps on How to Garnish with Herbs
If you like to get fancy and want to make your dishes look nice for your family and friends:
- Always prep your garnishes ahead of time.
- Use one or half of fresh herbs (for example, fresh cilantro or parsley). Note: Yeilding about 1 to 2 ounces, according to MyRecipes.com.
- Rinse the herbs on the stem in water.
- Note: Watch my video on using a salad spinner below for ideas on rinsing and drying.
- Dry the herbs of the excess water using a salad spinner, or pat dry with a paper towel.
- Remove the leaves from the stem.
- Note: You can save the stems for making stocks.
- Gather the leaves into a bunch.
- Chop to the desired fineness.
- Storage: Place leftovers in an air-tight container with a paper towel folded lining the bottom of the container and pour the chopped herbs on top.
- This can be kept for a couple of days in the refrigerator.
5. Where to find these Salad Spinners?
Since it is a very common tool, you can find these salad spinners practically anywhere. I always find them at my local Asian markets to supercenters. If you still can’t find them, you can order them online.