I haven't felt the need for a salad spinner until recently because I had always just bought the pre-washed bag of salad. When I actually started comparing prices between a head of lettuce and a bag of lettuce, I realized that I was paying a couple of dollars just for a factory to cut and wash my lettuce for me. "I can totally do that myself," I thought.
Well, I realized that drying lettuce is no easy feat. I chose the Barefoot Contessa method of wrapping wet lettuce in a dishtowel and slinging it around fast-pitch softball style. This is kind of fun, but water gets everywhere. I tried to do it in the general direction of the trash can, but there is really no hope in aiming it, so I settled for sprinkling the mini-blinds. It was also an "oops" waiting to happen. I can just picture me giving the towel a hearty sling, my grip slipping, and lettuce flying like confetti all over the kitchen.
With a couple of gift cards and the ever present 20% off Bed Bath and Beyond coupon, we were able to get a salad spinner for $1! Not only does it get the job done much faster, but it also is pretty fun to operate.