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Uses for a salad spinner other than the obvious

Hank Hanover Jul 17, 2011 07:30 PM

I just got a kitchenaid salad spinner ultracheap at a garage sale.

Are there any other uses for it than drying off salad greens?

  1. goodhealthgourmet Jul 19, 2011 05:45 PM

    one that hasn't been mentioned yet - a quick whirl (just a pump or two, no more) helps drain some of the excess cooking water that gets trapped inside hollow pasta shapes.

    it's also great for drying out leeks after they've been cleaned.

    1. Passadumkeg Jul 19, 2011 04:50 PM

      I clean my latex paint brushes in one.

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        petek Jul 19, 2011 05:14 PM

        Do you spin -dry it after?

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          Passadumkeg Jul 19, 2011 06:53 PM


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            petek Jul 19, 2011 07:09 PM


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              petek Jul 19, 2011 07:10 PM

              Nice! Who'd a thunk it? :D

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                Passadumkeg Jul 19, 2011 07:15 PM

                A multi-purpose tool. I also wash my grand kids marbles in the spinner; does a great job.

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            Isolda Jul 19, 2011 05:33 PM

            I hope you don't have a septic tank!

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              Passadumkeg Jul 19, 2011 06:54 PM


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            rHairing Jul 19, 2011 04:40 PM

            I actually use it for the salad when the dressing has been added. It evenly coats and gets rid of excess. I wonder if you could use it for nuts? I do a lot of hiking. I love nuts but only very lightly salted. I tumble them in a small strainer to get the excess salt off.

            1. Hank Hanover Jul 19, 2011 04:26 AM

              You know how you're supposed to rinse dry beans and pick through for small stones? I would think the spinner would do both.

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                escondido123 Jul 18, 2011 05:21 PM

                I washed and thoroughly rinsed a blouse and wanted to get it spun before throwing in the dryer--my washer does not have a spin only cycle--so I used the lettuce spinner. Did a great job. Then I gave it a quick wash and put it away to continue its life as a salad spinner.

                1. Bada Bing Jul 18, 2011 12:45 PM

                  I use the dome portion, inverted, to cover a rising pizza or other dough on a floured counter. I can see through the clear plastic as the dough rises, unlike with most of my other big bowls.

                  1. MandalayVA Jul 18, 2011 09:25 AM

                    I use mine to drain tuna sometimes.

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                      LRunkle Jul 18, 2011 09:24 AM

                      I sometimes use it to remove excess grease from fried foods.

                      1. Kagemusha Jul 18, 2011 09:18 AM

                        Amusement for pet rodents?

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                          Hank Hanover Jul 19, 2011 04:24 AM

                          or torture...

                        2. elfcook Jul 18, 2011 08:54 AM

                          totally non-food use, but do you have kids? Makes great spin-art, and if you use food coloring instead of paint, you can wash & reuse for salad. (Hey, at the time I was desperate to entertain 3 small kids & couldn't leave the house!)

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                            wanker Jul 18, 2011 08:37 AM

                            It's great for rinsing and drying canned beans and shrimp after brining.

                            1. ipsedixit Jul 17, 2011 09:34 PM

                              Aerobic exercise?

                              1. Chemicalkinetics Jul 17, 2011 09:13 PM

                                I use it to wash vegetables like a laundry washer. Put the vegetables in and fill it up with water. Then spin and stop, spin and stop. At least I tell myself that it is washing the vegetables.

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                                  rainey Jul 17, 2011 08:09 PM

                                  When I make ratatouille I salt the eggplant and zucchini to draw off a lot of fluid. I do it right in the strainer of the salad spinner so that it's free to drip through. After it's had a good salty rest, I rinse it in the same stainer and then give it a good whirl in the spinner to get it as dry as possible. Then I finish it up by pouring it onto layers of paper towel so I can get a nice brown when I sauté it.

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                                    goodhealthgourmet Jul 19, 2011 05:43 PM

                                    you beat me to it - i thought i was the only one who used the spinner for drying salted eggplant & zucchini! does a great job.

                                  2. petek Jul 17, 2011 07:36 PM

                                    They're great for drying off fresh basil,cilantro,mint any leafy herb that needs a good washing.

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                                      Hank Hanover Jul 17, 2011 07:47 PM

                                      Well that's better than spin dryng my wife's panty hose.

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                                        petek Jul 17, 2011 08:03 PM

                                        Well I guess you could still use it for that as well :D

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                                          kaleokahu Jul 17, 2011 09:15 PM

                                          Uh, maybe dedicated spinners for each purpose?

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