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We had taco salads last night for dinner. Cleaning the little bits of shredded lettuce out of the salad spinner seemed to take forever. Despite scrubbing and lots of rinsing, little bits of lettuce were still clinging to the inner bowl (in between the slits in the bowl). I finally resorted to picking out the lettuce bits by hand in order to be sure I got them all. Is there an easy way to clean this thing?

We could try washing the lettuce first, then shredding, but what about the pre-packaged lettuce that's already shredded? I'd heard you're still supposed to wash that too.

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bizarre use of a bounty :P –  hobodave Dec 23 '10 at 5:41
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@hobodave, I'm trying to give an extra 50 points to the checked answer since it worked so well. The system is making me wait a day to award it. –  Kristo Dec 23 '10 at 14:15

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I've never done this, but what about filling the bowl with water, lowering the spinning basket into it so the lettuce shreds lift off, then dumping it out?

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That sounds like a good idea. I probably used at least that much water trying to rinse the stubborn pieces off anyway. –  Kristo Nov 9 '10 at 18:04
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I put an inch or so of water in the basket, then spin as fast as it will let me, the water helps pull the little bits out. It usually works well for me, toss in a bit of soap and you have a dishwasher inside the spinner! Just be careful to stop the spinner before you take the lid off or you'll have a very soapy kitchen. –  FoodTasted Nov 9 '10 at 21:38
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I just wanted to add that I tried this solution today and it worked great! –  Kristo Dec 23 '10 at 2:51

Just use a simple piece of cotton, a tea towel or slightly larger, hold the four corners in one hand with the lettuce in the middle, go outside and enjoy the fresh air for a while as you spin it around

Give the cloth a quick flick and toss into washing basket

Much better for you and no stupid plastic thing cluttering your cupboards

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This is what I do, but... It doesn't answer the question that was asked. –  Shog9 Dec 23 '10 at 3:24
    
@Knives - It does ;-) It's just re-defines what a sale\ad spinner is - from plastic thingy to cloth! –  TFD Dec 23 '10 at 5:21
    
heh... Yeah, but re-defining the question such that it doesn't need to be asked is sorta pointless. –  Shog9 Dec 23 '10 at 18:37

There's a number of ways to avoid this:

  1. You're dead on, wash lettuce and then shred. That will make a huge difference.
  2. Don't buy pre-shredded lettuce as you're paying extra for the grocery store to cut lettuce (really not that hard to do yourself).
  3. Lettuce from the grocery store will often say "pre-washed, ready to eat" or something to that effect. You don't need to wash lettuce if that's the case. If you don't trust the grocery store to wash your lettuce, I'd suggest not shopping there.
  4. If you can't avoid the small bits (maybe you're washing herbs from a garden), I find the easiest thing to do is to use a spray setting on the faucet and spray it from the outside. That seems to be the best approach, but it's still a bit of a pain. Using a sponge on the inside is pretty worthless (at getting rid of small bits).

But in general, avoid the issue by only putting large things in the spinner.

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I always washed the prewashed lettuce just in case. You aren't sure what chemicals may be on the lettuce. Also mom bought the organic bagged lettuce once and she had a beetle on her plate!! Always check :D –  Kyra Nov 9 '10 at 17:22
    
@kyra, do you wash lettuce at home twice too? I understand that you're being cautious, and that's up to you. But I trust my grocery store enough not to worry about it. I also eat at restaurants. –  yossarian Nov 9 '10 at 18:08
    
That came across a little snarky, which it wasn't supposed to. I think prewashed is generally fine. If you disagree, by all means give it another rinse. But don't buy prewashed shredded lettuce and then try and wash it again! Too much hassle. –  yossarian Nov 9 '10 at 18:08
    
I agree.. just figured I would let whoever reads your answer another reason to not buy bagged lettuce or be careful what kinds they buy. –  Kyra Nov 9 '10 at 18:59

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