Pros: Cleans lettuce keeping it crisp. Versatile. Durable.
Cons: Nuisance to store and retrieve for use.
I have always thought of fruitcake as something that gets passed around at Christmas time because no one wants it. I have had the same experience with salad spinners. On occasion I would hear from a friend that she received this dreaded gift on her wedding, birthday, or a holiday. We received the OXO Salad Spinner as a housewarming present from my husband's coworkers. My first thought was, "this must be a re-gift." I thought of re-gifting the item myself, but my husband talked me into keeping it.
This item usually sells for $24.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Purpose of a Salad Spinner:
To clean and dry lettuce resulting in crisp, not limp, lettuce in a salad.
Why I was skeptical:
I was raised to remove the first two leaves from lettuce and discard. Using the rest of the lettuce for a salad without the need of washing it.
OXO Spinner Description:
A transparent plastic bowl 10 inches in diameter and 7 inches in height with white plastic colander like object inside for draining. A white plastic lid with a pump to start the spin and a brake to stop the spin. Another white plastic lid for storing the salad after drying. Salads this size usually serve 8-10 people.
I have come to enjoy using the salad spinner, although it is a pain to store and sometimes I am too lazy to fetch it.
With the price of lettuce rising, I now use the entire head. I wash it and put it on the spin cycle in my OXO. In a matter of minutes I have crisp lettuce. I also use the spinner to remove water from washed carrots, celery, and other salad items. After items are dry, I pull out the white strainer, dry the inside bowl, and return the salad to the bowl. I add the lid and I am ready to bring the salad anywhere or store it in the refrigerator.
I have also used the strainer for pasta and the spinner to remove excess water from pasta. I have used the bowl and lid to serve and store pasta as well.
The pump is easy to use and has a rubber coating for comfort. The spinner wobbles a little while on spin cycle, but not enough to move itself across the counter. The entire spinner is made to last. It is easy to clean; I usually spin some soapy water through it and rinse.
I recommend the OXO salad spinner for anyone wanting a crisp fresh salad. This OXO product may be a pain to store and retrieve for use, but it is versatile. Not only can I spin the lettuce in it, but can use it to spin, serve, and store my entire salad. It has come in handy for pasta and I am sure to find even more uses for it.
Lean & Mean