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There’s nothing worse than damp salad, which is why we’ve put this site together to help you find your perfect salad spinner.
Actually, we just told a bit of a lie, unwashed salad is potentially a lot worse than damp salad, and has the potential to make you ill. Even bagged, washed salad has recently come under closer observation, and some experts are now suggesting that this should be washed before being eaten too.
All the more reason, then, to spend a surprisingly small amount on these clever devices to get the best from your leaves after they’re rinsed!
- 1 Best Salad Spinners
- 2 Why Do You Need A Salad Spinner?
- 3 Should I Wash Salad?
- 4 Can You Put Salad Dressing In A Salad Spinner?
- 5 Can You Put A Salad Spinner In The Dishwasher?
Best Salad Spinners
Let’s get started by diving straight into our favourite products.
Kitchen Craft Large Salad Spinner
The Kitchen Craft healthy eating large salad spinner and dresser is a popular product, and at the time of writing tops Amazon’s best seller list in the salad spinner category.
The unit consists of a clear outer bowl, with a green colander-like inner bowl. The white plastic lid attaches to the outer bowl, using a green plastic clip on either side of the lid, locking it into place. The green handle then spins the inner bowl inside the sealed unit, allowing you to dry the salad leaves. There’s even an opening in the lid that’s available to add salad dressing into the leaves, perfect to help distribute it more evenly throughout your salad.
OXO Good Grips Little Salad and Herb Spinner
Next up, it’s a salad spinner by OXO, the company famous for stock cubes! Their Little Salad and Herb Spinner continues their kitchen Good Grips range of gadgets, a well regarded line that is known for easy to use solutions.
Unlike the Kitchen Craft option above, the OXO design features a pump mechanism to spin the inner bowl, just press to spin. This innovative solution makes using the spinner a breeze, particularly for those who struggle to grip a handle.
Just like the Kitchen Craft spinner, the basket separates easily from the bowl, doubling up as a colander and salad serving bowl respectively.
Kela Salad Spinner
Our third product choice comes from relatively unknown brand, Kela. This offers a very affordable salad spinner, perfect for those on a tight budget to try out their first salad spinner.
Kela offer a massive range of products, particularly concentrated around the bathroom and kitchen ranges. While you’re not going to get a spinner that lives up to the durability and quality of the OXO above, it’s still a perfectly capable device, and does what it says on the tin, spins and dries salad!
Just like the other spinners, this consists of a bowl with a smaller basket inside, and like the Kitchen Craft product, features locking clips on either side of the lid and a handle to spin the inner basket. It’s harder to use than OXO’s solution, but is also a much cheaper buy (based on RRP – there may be deals available from time to time – check the Amazon prices using the buttons next to each product).
Why Do You Need A Salad Spinner?
Salad spinners have been around for years, but only recently are they becoming commonplace in UK kitchens.
What Does A Salad Spinner Do?
Without sounding silly – the role of a salad spinner is simple – it spins salad! The idea is you place your salad into the basket and rinse it under cold water. The basket is like a colander, so most water will run straight thorough. Wet salad isn’t great though, so these clever devices solve that issue.
How Does A Salad Spinner Work?
Simply place the basket into the outer bowl of your salad spinner, place the lid on (and lock it in place with clips if your model has them), then you use the mechanism to spin the inner basket inside the bowl, and centrifugal force means the remaining water escapes out into the bowl. Remove the lid, take out the basket and empty the water from the bowl. You’ve then got a basket of fresh, dry salad, which you can even serve in the outer bowl.
Should I Wash Salad?
It might come as a surprise to learn that there’s growing evidence that all salad should be washed before eating. You’ve no doubt seen a phrase along the lines of ‘Washed and ready to eat’ on a bad of pre-prepared salad, but is that safe to rely on?
Is Pre-Washed Bagged Salad Safe?
The fact of the matter is food poisoning from salad is rare, but it’s not unheard of. The problem stems from the plants growing outdoors. Birds overhead can cause droppings to fall onto them, and the soil them grow in can possibly cause contamination with bacteria, including e.coli.
Should I Wash Bagged Lettuce At Home?
That said, it’s debatable how much washing salad at home will do on top of the commercial salad washing that happens in preparing bagged salads.
More concerning perhaps is what’s going on inside of the bag of salad between it being sealed and you opening it at home. Typically, look for signs of the bag swelling up or wet looking leaves inside – both could mean bacteria are spreading inside.
Is It Better To Prepare Leaves Myself At Home?
If you’re really worried about salads and bacteria, it might make more sense to buy a lettuce and wash and chop it yourself at home after purchase. That means there’s less opportunity for bacteria to multiply after the salad is prepared.
It’s important to note that research is still fairly inconclusive, and official advice remains that bagged salads are safe to eat after they’re washed and bagged prior to arriving on the supermarket shelves. It won’t do you any harm to avoid leaving them until their use by date to consume though, instead eating them as soon as you can after purchase.
How Do You Wash Greens Without A Salad Spinner?
We’re not trying to suggest that it’s essential for everyone to buy a salad spinner, it’s perfectly possible to wash your leaves by hand.
It’s important to always rinse salad well – it’s hard to know what might have come into contact with the leaves in the field or during the journey to your home.
Drying is possible with kitchen roll – it’s also preferable to using a tea towel which may be harbouring germs that its picked up since the last wash. In fact, a lot of people don’t realise that washing tea towels in the normal laundry isn’t going to leave them completely germ free.
Remember though, using kitchen towels each time is less environmentally friendly and over time will cost more than a salad spinner.
Can You Put Salad Dressing In A Salad Spinner?
It’s a common question and the answer is… of course! Some spinners even provide a hole to pour it through, allowing you to add it to the freshly dried leaves. Just remember to spin and dry the salad first, or you’ll effectively end up with diluted salad dressing.
Can You Put A Salad Spinner In The Dishwasher?
When you’re buying something to make life easier, you want it to go as far as possible to reduce the effort you need to use it – that’s why investing in a spinner that’s dishwasher safe is high on many people’s priority list.
Some people chuck everything in the dishwasher, and I’m guilty of that from time to time, but really it’s a good idea to check things. The risk is that you’ll end up with deformed items coming out if they can’t handle the temperature, and worse still some plastics are suspected to pose a health risk if they’re subjected to the conditions in a dishwasher.
To be sure, always look for the dishwasher safe logo on the product before putting the in the dishwasher, paying particular attention to instructions like ‘top shelf only’.