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.
How to Wash Lettuce and Other Greens
- Fill a sink or large bowl with cold water.
- Add greens to water and let sit for a few minutes, occasionally agitating gently.
- 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.
- Place all greens in a clean pillowcase and hand to nearest child.
- Send child outside to whirl pillowcase about head until no more water comes out.