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?

15 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mo@MommyRD
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    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!


    • Emily
      Jul 27, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

      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!


  2. Angharad
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    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. Tracey
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    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!


    • Emily
      Jul 27, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

      I’m still trying to find room – it is literally on the kitchen table for now!


  4. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

    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


    • Emily
      Jul 27, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

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


  5. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    I love my salad spinner too! But my favorite is my hand crank cheese grater. How did I live without it? And why, ow why, did I ever by pre-shredded cheese?


  6. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    I LOVE my salad spinner also! Another cheap gadget I love and use all of the time is my spiralizer and my crinkle cutter. I love gadgets.


  7. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 11:37 am

    i do love my salad spinner!!! another gadget that isn’t too expensive that i marvel over is my mandolin slicer.


  8. Holly
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 1:22 pm



  9. Lori
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 7:10 am

    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.


  10. Karla
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    My salad spinner is seriously my best friend! Makes washing and drying vegetables sooooooo easy!


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