Spin ‘n Store
Hackable salad spinning bag
There are many salad spinner devices out there that do a fine job of shedding water from freshly washed salad greens (like the previously reviewed OXO Salad Spinner), but most are costly and take up a lot of space. None are as efficient, portable or cheap as Spin ‘n Stor.
You simply place freshly washed greens in the bag, twist the top of the bag closed, make a fist around the twist and spin the bag vigorously a few times quickly. Water is automatically collected into a reservoir at the bottom of the bag and drains out from a channel running along one side. Works as well as any salad spinner I’ve ever used.
Both the packaging and the website have excellent illustrations to help you do it right the first time, but it’s kind of obvious once you see the bag and there are brief written guides and arrows printed on the bag itself. It’s so ridiculously simple that once you’ve done it, you’ll never forget how.
Perfect for travelers because it’s just a cleverly designed plastic bag that you can fold up and take with. It stores anywhere, even a pocket or tucked in a corner of a briefcase. Because I sometimes travel on a moment’s notice and frequently make my own salads, I keep one stashed in every travel case, tucked inside a small zip lock bag.
The bag can also be used to store the greens. Just fluff the greens in the bag, use a twist tie to close and it keeps greens fresh in the refrigerator much longer than the bags they come in from the market.
A further advantage of Spin ‘n Stor that I’ve discovered is that it can also be used for drying freshly washed fruits and veggies without risking bruising the delicate ones, which would occur in any other kind of salad spinner.01/21/11
(Note: This is another example of a product whose simple idea almost demands a DIY version; so please share if you have found an easy way to make one for yourself.-- OH — editors)