I held out on purchasing a salad spinner for years, because I’m a stubborn idiot. Drying lettuces on towels is for chumps. It takes far too long, takes up too much counter space, and never gets the leaves fully dry, resulting in soggy salads (boo).
When I started growing my own lettuces, I knew it was time. Pre-washed, bagged salad just does not last as long or taste as good, but there is dirt on the lettuce in my garden, and it must be washed off, which means it must be dried. If you’re worried about space, I have great news: Prepworks makes one that collapses for easy storage. (It’s also fantastic for drying mushrooms.)” —Claire Lower, senior food editor