Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Getting ready - salad spinner

If you have been following Featherstone Farm on Facebook like I have, you would know that lots of seeds and plants are photosynthesizing their little hearts out down here in Fillmore County so we can enjoy eating vegetables starting in -- June!  Which is not very far off.   It is time to start preparations for the coming of our CSA boxes.   (If you haven't signed up yet - deadline is May 28.)

Today I am thinking in particular of salad greens.  In our house we have been harvesting wintered over spinach from our own garden for several weeks now, so our salad days have already started. Washing and drying greens are an easy part of our regular routine, because we have a salad spinner.  I just fill a sink or large bowl or dishpan with enough water so the greens can float, swish them around, wait a few minutes for all dirt or grit to sink, gently lift out the greens and spin them dry in batches.  Once they are washed and dried you can bag them for later use (this is good fast food) or use them right away. Doesn't this spinach look nice?  Can you just hardly wait for your first greens?  Just remember - anticipation is half the fun.

If you don't have a salad spinner, I suggest you think hard about getting one.  You have about seven weeks to accomplish this task, assuming you want to be ready for the first greens of the season.    I have had mine for over 20 years and it is still serving me well.  I looked for a brand name and it just said Hoan.  It is so old it was even made in the U.S.A.!   Maybe you can find one at a garage sale or score one from an elderly relative whose salad days are past.  But even if you have to buy one (probably will cost about $30.) it will be a good long term investment.

I did some checking online (so you don't have to) and found a great link if you want to explore this topic further.  http://www.galttech.com/research/household-DIY-tools/best-salad-spinner.php
It looks like the Oxo and Zyliss make the most popular models.  There are lots of choices out there - maybe you have a favorite kitchen supply or hardware store - ask them for advice.  And if you just don't want to go the salad spinner route - that is ok too.  There is nothing wrong with spreading washed greens out on a big clean kitchen towel and rolling it up and putting it in the fridge for a few hours.  That is probably what your Grandma did.  I did that for years until I decided I was rich enough to afford a salad spinner of my very own.


  1. The Featherstone Farms spinach is above and beyond the best I have ever had. A little olive oil, a pinch of mineral salt, a twist of black pepper, and a mere mist of oil from a lemon rind, and I could literally levitate from it.

  2. you can also just designate a pillow case for a salad spinner...put the salad greens in the pillowcase and take them outside for a spin!!