Saturday, September 11, 2010

Spin Those Salad Greens Round and Round!

When preparing my salad mix, one of my perennial problems has been the removal of the water that's used to rinse and cool the greens. In years past, I'd tried all sorts of methods: draining in a big colander (too much of the water remains on the leaves), swinging them in a mesh laundry bag (more effective than the colander, but hard on the ole shoulder), processing teensy batches in a kitchen-sized salad spinner (waaaaay too time-consuming for farmer's market prep), etc.

I am happy to report that I've finally arrived at a solution that works almost like magic.....drying large batches of salad thoroughly and efficiently. The answer? A washer machine!! Set on the spin cycle, with the agitator removed, the mix is cooled, rinsed and ready to be bagged for market in no time!!