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Old 03-22-2016, 07:37 AM   #1
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Salad spinners

I buy packaged salad bags. I've never needed to rinse packaged salads until recently. I find that now, if you don't, they may have a dirt taste to them. They stopped fully rinsing them.

Anyways...salad spinners. Suddenly, I want one.
Ikea has one for $4.99. There are lots of others.

Pull string types, jack in the box handle types, press down on button types.

Would a thorough rinse and spinning save one from a batch of salad bag containing salmonella?

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Old 03-22-2016, 09:34 AM   #2
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No. You can't wash all the bacteria off of produce. Bags of mixed salad greens are more likely to be contaminated because the greens come from many different sources. I buy romaine hearts because they're a single thing.

A cheap salad spinner is not likely to last very long. I bought a cheap one and the string broke within a month. I bought a better one and I've had it for probably 10 years.
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No. You can't wash all the bacteria off of produce. Bags of mixed salad greens are more likely to be contaminated because the greens come from many different sources. I buy romaine hearts because they're a single thing.

A cheap salad spinner is not likely to last very long. I bought a cheap one and the string broke within a month. I bought a better one and I've had it for probably 10 years.
Ok. What about the $4.99 one from IKEA ?,

Salad spinners price from $4.99 to $34.99. I didn't have to use a colander until recently. My bagged salads never needed a rinsing before. I think that bagged salad makers have now skipped a fresh water rinse to cut costs.
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We have been using an OXO salad spinner for years. America's Test Kitchen recently rated them tops again.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:54 AM   #5
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I don't know anything about the one from Ikea. I've never been in the store and I don't own anything from there.

I also use my salad spinner to make cole slaw and to clean herbs from the garden. I think it was $15 or $20. I bought it at a local kitchen shop.
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I think I would try the IKEA first, by the time you wear it out you will know exactly what features you want or need in a replacement.

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You could also go low tech, wash the salad and roll it up in a clean dish towel to dry it.

Good luck!
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Old 03-22-2016, 12:53 PM   #7
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Patting leafy vegs with a paper towel. I will never be into that. I use those green bags!

I need to wash all my produce more. Starting with salad bags.

Salad bags used to not need rinsing, now they do in order not to get a dirt taste.
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Like GG, we buy only Romaine hearts for our salads. I do have a giant salad spinner I use only for making salads for more than two people. I don't know the brand but it has a crank on the top that does a great job.

I don't like those packaged salads with all those miro greens that stick to your teeth when you smile.
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Salad spinners

I too have started buying a head of iceberg or hearts of romaine. The bagged stuff has been scaring me.

I have a 20 year old salad spinner with a crank on the top, no string. Takes a bit of elbow grease but it works well.
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I too have started buying a head of iceberg or hearts of romaine. The bagged stuff has been scaring me.

I have a 20 year old salad spinner with a crank on the top, no string. Takes a bit of elbow grease but it works well.
Me too, Dawg. Too many recalls for salmonella, not to mention dead frogs and snake heads found in the bags.
I've thought about getting a salad spinner, but I wonder how often I would use it since I almost always just make a salad for one. They're kind of bulky to store and I'm already kind of pressed for cabinet space.
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