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SALAD SPINNERS: Please help me save my friendship!

Was at my friend's house and we got into an argument over her salad spinner.

She yelled at me as I hand washed the greens in her spinner basket. "The purpose of a salad spinner," she said, "is to wash the greens. So why on earth would you spend time doing it by hand?"

"Absurd," I said. "The primary purpose of a salad spinner is to dry the greens, so after washing the leaves will dry sufficient so that the oil from the dressing will stick to the leaves."

I've looked at some salad spinner web pages (see links below) and the argument goes both ways. Who is right? Is there a definitive "Joy of Cooking" purpose listed for salad spinners?

Thanks 'hounds!

Mr Taster

Pro drying description:
http://www.cooking.com/products/shpro...

Pro washing description:
http://www.stacksandstacks.com/html/1...

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  1. I believe the purpose is to DRY the greens !!
    Like a spin dryer is for clothes !

    1. You're both right. It can be used to wash greens first in the bowl, then spun dry in the basket.

      Win-win. Be friends. Make salad together. Where do I send my invoice?

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      1. re: Professor Salt

        Seriously, as long as you're cooking together, who cares what some websites say? Wear it on your head while you give the greens a milk bath if it makes you happy.

        (I wash and dry in the spinner)

        1. re: Professor Salt

          Professor Salt, Rent the movie "Intimate Strangers". Trust me, it's your kind of film.

        2. I concur with the Professor: you put the greens in the basket, the basket in the spinner, and fill the whole thing with water, shaking the basket a few times to dislodge the stickier bits of dirt. Then you lift out the basket, pour the water out of the spinner, put it all together and spin away. Washed and dried greens in one utensil. One of my favorite utensils ever, actually.

          1. According to Gordon Ramsey salad spinners are the work of the devil as they tend to bruise the greens. This doesn't stop me from using mine though. I tend to put the salad into the basket, wash it under running water and then use the spinner to dry.

            I had no idea people were using it any other way, but now that you've told me I can see the logic in it.

            1. Food safety dictates washing the greens in a good amount of water and lifting them out, which leaves any dirt or sediment in the water, rather than pouring the wash water and greens into the spinner, which can serve to put the dirt/sediment right back into the greens. What I do is to remove the spinner from the basket, completely fill the basket with water and wash the greens in that. Then lift the greens from the water and place in the basket, pour the water out of the spinner and rinse once, put the greens-filled basket back in and then spin.

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              1. re: Deenso

                Sediment yes, bacteria no (looking below). Rinsing won't get rid of bacteria. But so long as you're not immunocompromised, a little bacteria is inevitable and will not hurt you.