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Spring 2018 
By the Heirloom Gardener Editors

Salad Spinner for lettuce 

As someone who grows greens year-round in cold frames, tubs, raised beds, and anything else she can drop a row cover on, editor Rebecca Martin knows the value of a good salad spinner. Even when you harvest carefully, you’re still bound to get a little soil mixed in with your mesclun. But why shouldn’t a salad fresh from your garden be just as grit-free as packaged store greens?

Rebecca uses the OXO Salad Spinner, which is widely recognized as one of the best — if not the best — on the market. The OXO’s basket spins easily inside its bowl, and doubles as a colander. Rebecca carries hers directly into the garden and loads it with just-cut greens, rinses the greens in the sink, and then drops the basket inside the bowl for spinning. The basket’s capacity is about 5 quarts, perfect for those family-sized harvests, and the spinner is BPA-free and dishwasher safe.

If you grow and eat a lot of salads, and you don’t like the hassle of water baths and towels, the OXO salad spinner is a bargain.