HOME > Chowhound > Cookware >

Discussion

Uses for a salad spinner other than the obvious

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. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. They're great for drying off fresh basil,cilantro,mint any leafy herb that needs a good washing.

    3 Replies
    1. re: petek

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

      1. re: Hank Hanover

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

        1. re: petek

          Uh, maybe dedicated spinners for each purpose?

    2. 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.

      1 Reply
      1. re: rainey

        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. 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.

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