kitchen gadget: salad spinner

For someone who makes salad almost every day, I’m not sure why it took me so long to purchase this $20 kitchen gadget. I can tell you that after spinning one batch of lettuce and herbs, I’m hooked. I don’t even know how I survived without it! Drying lettuce on a towel no more!

It produced nice crisp greens that even after being refrigerated for days, still stayed crunchy and ready for lunch-time salads.

This, along with my new wok, are still sitting on the kitchen table, homeless and willing to settle for a less-than-ideal home…I’m hoping to find one for them soon or something else has got to go.

Do you have a cheap, but can’t-live-without kitchen gadget?


  1. says

    I love my salad spinner so much that I have 2. One for lettuce/salad and one for kale or herbs. The other cheap gadget I love is my lemon squeezer. Use it all the time!

  2. says

    My kettle! Or “tea kettle” as they are called here. In England it goes without saying that it’s for tea! I use it everyday. They cost about $15. How did I live before I could boil my water in 2 minutes flat?! Works a treat for boiling water for the stove too – pasta cooking time reduced significantly. Woopa.

  3. says

    I have wanted a salad spinner for so long but I just don’t have room for it in my tiny city kitchen:( Poor me.

    One gadget that I just love is my microplane. I use it for so many things and it barely takes up any space!

  4. Emily says

    What is the difference between the two? I forgot about my citrus squeezer, it broke a while back and I have yet to replace it!

  5. says

    Not gonna lie… there are a lot of times that I don’t wash my lettuce. =/

    Cheep and wonderful? My coffee maker. I think it was like $25… it’s a “single serve” but it uses regular grounds (not those expensive little “pods”), makes just enough for ME, and it’s amazing. :D

  6. Emily says

    You are a rebel!! :)
    I didn’t think you would qualify your new baby as being cheap. Wonderful, yes. Cheap, hardly!

  7. says

    I’m with Holly. That photo of the spinning lettuce is awesome! I have two inexpensive, must-have gadgets. My aeroLatte is used every morning. I got hooked on cafe com leite in Brazil so I turn my coffee into a latte each morning that that handy thing. The second is my microplane. Zest, cheese, etc. I have it out mutiple times a day.

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