Kitchen Confidence

Hacking a Salad Spinner

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Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today, one of our community members shows us how to hack a salad spinner. 

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Remember when we asked for your best kitchen hacks? We've got an honorable mention.

Today, our friendly community member vvvanessa is showing us a fun way to dry lettuce leaves (and other salad greens) without a salad spinner. Take a look and try it out if you don't have a salad spinner, or if you just want to make a slightly boring kitchen task more exciting. 

And if you've got any other fun kitchen hacks, share them with us in the comments. 

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Tags: Kitchen Confidence, hacks, salad, salad spinner, honorable mention, vvvanessa, how-to & diy

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over 2 years ago robinorig

Just wondering, is it not compatible with a safari/mac browser? I had to google the video, send it to my phone & open it in a video program to see it.

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over 2 years ago robinorig

Just wondering, is it not compatible with a safari/mac browser? I had to google the video, send it to my phone & open it in a video program to see it.

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over 2 years ago robinorig

I'm not seeing a video or link either ???

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over 2 years ago mcs3000

Genius!

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over 2 years ago Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

I grew up using that method (or sometimes slightly less violent ones). In fact, when salad spinners first came out, it took my family a while before we thought they were anything more than a silly waste of space. And while I'm not throwing my salad spinner away, I still think a towel gets the lettuce drier.

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over 2 years ago vvvanessa

Thanks for the shout-out! Dry lettuce for everyone!

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over 2 years ago SKK

Vanessa, you are a famous genius! Love this!

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over 2 years ago Mlc1977

Here is my fool proof way of getting my pizza off the cookie sheet and on to my hot grill/pizza stone every time without it sticking or getting burned. http://player.vimeo.com...

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over 2 years ago Aimless

Have tried this in the past. Just gather up the corners and hold them securely. Don't be like me and end up with some of your lettuce on the lawn.

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over 2 years ago Aimless

Have tried this in the past. Just gather up the corners and hold them securely. Don't be like me and end up with some of your lettuce on the lawn.

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over 2 years ago PFossil

I'm a Manhattanite. Wish I had an outside. A salad spinner is cheaper.

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over 2 years ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

Our senior editor, Kristen, is also a Manhattanite. Her kitchen has no room for a spinner, and she's been known to use this trick out of a window.

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over 2 years ago PFossil

Full disclosure, I've used the trick inside my kitchen. It's an efficient way to clean my kitchen and dry my lettuce at the same time.

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over 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Actually, I've only done this on my fire escape, but if there weren't screens on my windows, I'd probably try that too. You're brave for doing it inside, PFossil!

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over 2 years ago Mary Goodwin

My favorite way to dry lettuce, herbs or any other washed greens is to rinse the lettuce, place in a single layer on a large towel, top with another towel and roll up jelly-roll fashion. Place the roll around the agitator of a top-load washing machine and set the cycle on "spin". Completely dry in seconds and the lettuce stays completely stationary in the towel.

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over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I am unable to load this video. (It's the only video on the site, other than vvvanessa's gold medal winning hack, that won't load for me.) Would someone please describe the salad spinning hack for me? Thanks so much. ;o)

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over 2 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Looks good! I have a salad spinner but it consumes a lot of real estate so maybe I can pitch it?

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over 2 years ago KristaFriday

Thanks for posting! This looks like fun. I'm also super curious about that gorgeous salad dressing in the main image. Is there a link to the recipe? Thanks!

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over 2 years ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

Here you go: http://www.food52.com/recipes...

Enjoy!

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over 2 years ago KristaFriday

Thanks so much! This looks AMAZING.

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over 2 years ago darksideofthespoon

Kristy beat me to it, but I would like to say, I tried this dressing last week and it is just amazing. Definitely segment the lemon, it's worth it.

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over 2 years ago KristaFriday

Thank you! I'll be trying it tonight! Wondered about trouble of the lemon segments; good to know it's worth it. :)

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over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Super cool. Thanks, vvvanessa!