I live and die by this salad spinner. She’s no spring chicken, though. She has a pull string. She has those little hairline cracks from being dropped too many times. She’s been with me a long, long time.
I use the strainer part to carry vegetables from the garden to the kitchen for their baths. There are several washing options available with varying effectiveness. This particular solution (below) works to get rid of supermarket yuck as well as homegrown dirt and backyard bugs on fruit and vegetables. The acid in the vinegar helps trash bacteria and the salt sucks the life out of soft-bodied insects (remember osmosis from freshman biology?) I imagine the vinegar doesn’t do the bugs any favors, either. If you know the full science I’d be happy to hear it. My thinking cap is in semi-retirement.
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons salt
basin/bowl of clean water (or your very own Sally the Spinner)
Stir the vinegar and salt into the water and soak your produce for several minutes. Scrub and rinse (Spin, Sally, spin!!) as usual and eat.
*For a simple veg/fruit spray, try a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Keep in a spray bottle, spray produce, let sit, scrub as usual and rinse.
Well, my sweet ole pull-string Sally probably has one more drop in her. I don’t know what I’ll do without her. Do you think it would be cheating to succeed her with this one? I feel disloyal even thinking about it.