Every time a certain sibling shows up in this house, an argument breaks out over the number of dishes this cook dirties when cooking dinner. The specific argument is that using the salad spinner to spin rinse water off of lettuce is unnecessary.
Yes, salads at that particular house are always dripping, and not with salad dressing, either.
For those of us who chose to purchase lettuce in heads and bunches rather than pre-cut in bags, rinsing the leaves is just a fact of life. Like all vegetables, lettuce can collect dirt and debris, and is subject to being covered with pesticides. That requires washing it before eating.
It also requires getting the water out of the crevices. So, against all penny-wise thoughts, and desires to unclutter the house, a salad spinner entered it.
And this kitchen diva ain’t looking back. It is an essential part of life.
When I searched the concept of yea or nay online, it is amazing the number of people who are converts to the salad spinner way of life. The trick is to know how big of one needed for the household involved. Sometimes mine has to spin twice in an evening when the entire family is underfoot. (That doesn’t happen very often.)
There are other ways of drying lettuce, like putting it in a pillowcase, and going outside and swinging it around, but none of those methods could double as one cool toy for the kiddos who like to spin stuff in it (and then just toss the thing in the dishwasher).
When it comes down to it, a salad spinner is a kitchen gadget that isn’t technically necessary, but is a lot of fun, and gets the job it was invented to do done, and done quickly, too. Add it to the list, just like apple peelers, rotary egg beaters…