Poor Man's Salad Spinner

I hate soggy lettuce, but could never justify spending the money on or losing cabinet space to a salad spinner. Instead, I sort of shook it dry into the sink after washing and just sort of dealt with soggy lettuce.

Things changed, though, when reading through my copy of Nourishing Traditions. Sally Fallon recommends putting your greens in a pillowcase and running them through the spin cycle on your washing machine. I thought it kind of odd to use all that electricity on a few greens when I have a decent source of free labor perfectly capable of whirling a pillowcase full of lettuce at high speed: children.

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How to Wash Lettuce and Other Greens

  1. Fill a sink or large bowl with cold water.
  2. Add greens to water and let sit for a few minutes, occasionally agitating gently.
  3. As they are clean, place them in a colander over a sink or large bowl to drain for a minute or two. Give them a gentle shake.
  4. Place all greens in a clean pillowcase and hand to nearest child.
  5. Send child outside to whirl pillowcase about head until no more water comes out.

This post is part of Freaky Friday, Fresh Bites Friday, Simple Lives Thursday, Fat Tuesday, Full Plate Thursday, GAPS Friendly Friday, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.

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8 comments to Poor Man’s Salad Spinner

  • Awesome idea – I love the pictures!

  • jen

    That is great! :) Now to find me some children to do this for me . . .

  • Trinity

    Oh my gosh, this is SO AWESOME! I’ve been processing a lot of greens from my garden lately and keep thinking, “There’s GOT to be a more efficient way to do this!” I do have a salad spinner, but it’s not good for a large volume of greens. I can’t wait to try this method – and I’ve got 4 potential “spinners” to help me out! :)

  • Kurt

    Hmmm, so you don’t end up with any pillowcase lint or anything?

    This seems like it’d work great with a mesh bag made of some kind of artificial fibers, though.

    • It seems like the lint gets caught in the inside corners of the pillowcase, so I either just dig them out or turn it inside out. I use a pillowcase because we have a ton of them, but it does seem like a mesh bag might work better! Like a laundry bag?

      • Kurt

        Yeah, something like that would be along my lines of thinking. I like the idea, though. I hate washing lettuce and it’s something my wife asks me to do a lot.

  • Hi Kelsy,
    I am just smiling and wishing I had this idea when my kids were small, and now I am going to try it with my grandchildren. This is a great tip! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Wow this is great. I never imagined this idea… thanks for this tip. :)

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