|my salad spinner|
There are an astonishing number of kitchen gadgets in the world. I'm pretty sure that growing up my Mom's collection of gadgets was minimal, but if I tried to list them it probably wouldn't look minimal.
Most of the time all I use in the kitchen is my santuku knife and my cutting board collection. Basics like a cheese grater and a peeler hardly count as gadgets. But I'm still trying to figure out how I own a blender, a hand blender, and a food processor (and they all do different things).
I've generally resisted gadgets, though I enjoy looking at the wall of them at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I really don't need a something designed to cut strawberries, something designed to cut tomatoes, something designed to cut avocados, something designed to cut eggs, etc.
And for years I didn't think I needed a salad spinner. I mean really. I have a sink, hands, and paper towels. It's not that hard.
Sometime last year Zorro pointed out that if I had a salad spinner I would save money on paper towels. That was all it took to win this thrifty Yankee. So I hunted around till I found a deal on a spinner that was very simple--hand turned rather than pulled like a lawn mower.
It's one of the best gadgets ever.
It's a little colander for rinsing the leaves--all leafy things, even if I have to use my hands to clean them up properly (yay home grown dirt!)--and then drying them takes two seconds.
I know. Get with the times, salad spinners are hardly new or complicated. But it's a gadget, and it really is practical and spends more time out being used than it does put away.