Knowing we loved lettuce, a friend gave us a salad spinner as a gift years ago. I guess just about everybody knew what a salad spinner was but me. So, I was a bit surprised to see this fancy plastic contraption for drying lettuce.
You put the lettuce in the plastic colander basket inside the plastic container and turn the crank. The basket spins and the water falls through the holes in the basket to the larger container. When you take the top off, your lettuce is a lot drier and you just empty the excess water and dry the spinner.
It worked great. Until the plastic part broke from lots of use.
That was about 25 years ago. I never bought another one and thank goodness no one gave me one.
The Plastic Bag Method
I went back to my method of using a plastic bag. You know – like the ones they put your food in at the grocery store.
I fill the bag with my just-washed-lettuce and step out my back door. Then I twirl (fling) the bag around for about 30 seconds. After that I hold the bag so the water drains to one corner. Then I tear a hole in it to let the water drain out.
When Bill positioned himself to take this picture of me flinging the bag around, you can imagine our surprise to discover the bag already had a hole in it. As centrifugal force kicked in — it was Bill who got wet. There wasn’t much water left to drain out after that. But you get the idea.
Last year a friend discovered that the same ease and results could be obtained from using a lingerie bag you can pick up at Wal Mart for a dollar. He gave me one.
You don’t have to tear a hole in it to drain the water, but you do have to take it outside with a bowl under it or the water will drip on the floor.
The Great Chefs of the World
After using the plastic bag method for years I read someplace that some of the great chefs of the world use the same method! How about that! Boy, was I in good company.
And it wouldn’t surprise me if some of them haven’t turned to using the lingerie bag method. (Just in the interest of being up-town you understand.) 🙂
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