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Jun 12, 2013 06:14 AM

the salad spinner: kitchen essential or waste of space?

Just wondering what your opinions are...
Do you love them or hate them?
And if you're a fan, do they do anything else to earn their place in your kitchen besides drying lettuce?

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  1. They do take up a heck of a lot of space, but I use mine nearly every day and really find it to be the best way to get leaves washed and (nearly) dried. I also use it for washing greens and herbs.

    1. Ran out of space in my small apartment kitchen and bought one of these collapsible salad spinners:

      Yes, it takes 30 seconds to set it up, and some reviews said the string frays rather soon than it ought to. So I bought mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond where I could return it if I had a problem with it. So far, though, maybe two years later, so good. And it did free up considerable space.

      1. Absolutely necessary if you want to make a decent salad. We have the oxo spinner. Use it nearly every day. How else do you get the greens dry? Watery greens means watery dressing. But if you don't eat salads regularly, no need for one.

        1. I had one of the collapsible ones but the string did fray and break so I just bought an OXO on Amazon. You just push the button. I'll find a place for it as my DH eats alot of salads.

          1. i use mine all the time. i buy organic lettuce and kale from the farmers markets and it's bug city. it dries the leaves perfectly too.