Preparing a healthy, delicious salad right at home is much easier if you have a salad spinner to help you out. These kitchen tools come in a wide variety of designs, colors and functionalities, with models suitable for all budgets.
The budget spinner
Made of plastic and synthetic rubber, this is the most basic type of spinner on the market. You just get your salad ingredients, rinse them thoroughly, and place them in the spinner. Then, start spinning with one hand, while holding the lid down with the other. There are more expensive models that do all the spinning for you.
With a commercial spinner, you can have a large amount of salad ready in one go, saving you trips back and forth to the kitchen whenever you have many guests over at Thanksgiving or Christmas. This is the type of salad spinner used in restaurants, so you can expect it to be sturdy and durable.
Also consider a multi-functional device, such as a salad spinner with chopper, or a spinner with colander; go to Spinning Salad to read more about them.
A salad spinner with an in-built chopper is a type of kitchen tool better known as a combination spinner, and it has many different functions. There are several chopper tops to use with the spinner; a good return for your money is a chopper with three different blades that you can switch according to your needs.
To prep your favorite veggies, use the mini blade for finely chopping onions and other veggies, the larger chop when you want your vegetables sliced roughly, and the serrated blade for slicing tomatoes evenly.
In addition to the spinner and the three chops, some models also have a lettuce knife and an air-tight storage lid. This will greatly reduce your salad-making and dish-washing time, as you don’t have to use extra knives and bowls to prep, serve and store your salad; you have it all in your combination spinner.
The spinner with a detachable colander is yet another useful addition to any kitchen. Use the spinner bowl to hold food while you prepare it, to store your fruit and snacks, or to embellish the table at parties (if it has an attractive design). Moreover, the colander is great for straining veggies, fruits, or pasta. And, if you don’t care much about a fancy design or color, you may even be able to get a spinner with colander at a very affordable price.