If you own a salad spinner (and use it) you know it’s great at drying greens so the dressing will cling to them. But that's not all it can do.
There are many other unpleasant cooking experiences that can be overcome simply by giving your spinner a good spin!
Keep Steamed Vegetables Tender-Crisp.
One way to stop the vegetables from cooking is to give them a spin in the salad spinner. The spinning cools the vegetables and removes excess water to keep them tender crisp!
Drain Pasta and Reserve Cooking Water
I like to reserve some of the water I cook my pasta in so I can add it to my sauce for extra starch and flavor. Unfortunately I often forget to ladle the cooking water out of the pot before sending it down the drain. As a back-up I use my salad spinner to drain the pasta so the cooking water ends up in the bowl below.
The spinner also comes in handy to remove trapped water when cooking tubular pasta shapes like rigatoni or penne.
Dry Fresh Herbs before Chopping
Using fresh herbs is a great way to add flavor to salad or dressing. Give them a good spin in the salad spinner after rinsing under cold water and the leaves will be ready to be picked off the stem or chopped!
I wish I could remember who gave us our Oxo Salad Spinner (affiliate link). I'd like to thank them for all the time and frustration it's saved me in the kitchen over the years! Cheers!