Salad Spinner Hacks  - 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with a Salad Spinner

If adding one more gadget to your kitchen seems like overkill, we’re here to convince you otherwise. Trust us, you’ll want to make some space for a salad spinner. You already know how incredible it is for getting your salad greens clean and dry, but a salad spinner can do so much more. It’s a multitasker that’s ready to work for you, and we’ve found 7  salad spinner hacks–tasks this tool can tackle aside from drying greens. Our favorite spinner, the Good Cook Delux Salad Spinner, has a large capacity bowl that’s ready for cleaning sandy salad greens and a slew of other amazing kitchen prep tasks!

1.Defrosting Shrimp

A salad spinner is your best friend when it comes to defrosting shrimp. It’s a watery process, and the salad spinner easily separates thawing shrimp from the leftover water. We’ve got the perfect Grilled Ginger Orange Shrimp recipe to give it a try!

Grilled Ginger Orange Shrimp Skewers


If you like Orange Chicken, this spicy take on Shrimp will become a new favorite. Serve this Grilled Ginger Orange Shrimp with white rice, and you’ve got yourself a meal in minutes! Get your shrimp cozied up on some Good Cook Kabob Skewers for easy grilling.

2.Draining and Drying Pasta

Cook your pasta per instructions on the package instruction, then drain and spin the pasta in your salad spinner. No more soppy pasta! The salad spinner works perfectly for penne, since all those tubes can trap extra water. This Creamy Chicken Taco Alfredo recipe calls for a creamy sauce, and dry pasta is crucial to keep it non-watery.

Creamy Chicken Taco Alfredo

We’re loving this 5-ingredient Creamy Chicken Taco Alfredo. It’s creamy, comforting, and perfect for an easy dinner that the whole family will love. Get it all cooked up in a Good Cook Cast Iron 11″ Skillet.

3.Rinsing and Draining Beans

Rinse and drain canned beans in the salad spinner, or spin sturdy beans like garbanzos to drain thoroughly. We’ve found the perfect Baked Taco Cups recipe to give your beans a spin:

Baked Taco Cups


Your next party needs Baked Taco Cups. These fun 3-bite eats are perfect as an appetizer, or enjoy them as a serving-sized dinner. Use the Good Cook AirPerfect Nonstick 24-Count Muffin Pan, our oversized pan that makes it easy to cook up enough for a crowd.

4.Washing and Drying Herbs

Toss a whole bunch of herbs in your salad spinner and rinse thoroughly. Spin away to dry, and you’ve got ready-to-use herbs in no time! Give it a try with this delightfully flavorful Thai Ribbon Salad.

Thai Ribbon Salad


Crisp veggies, crunchy peanuts, and fresh herbs are tossed with an utterly delicious, flavor-packed dressing that’s got addictive Thai taste in every bite. This Thai Ribbon Salad is a refreshing take on traditional coleslaw and makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat, burgers and hotdogs, or a lightened-up lunch. Use the Good Cook Mandolin Grater Set to make veggie prep quick and easy.

5.Removing Seeds From Canned Tomatoes

Don’t you hate the bitter seeds from canned tomatoes? Dump whole canned tomatoes into the spinner, break them up with your hands, and spin a few times to separate the bitter seeds. Give it a try with this Authentic Marinara Sauce.

Authentic Marinara


Traditionally known in Italy as “gravy” this basic Authentic Italian Marinara recipe makes enough to make and freeze, having it on hand and use over pasta, on pizza, or to make lasagna. Fresh basil makes this recipe even better, and the PROfreshionals Herb Mincer makes quick work of this task.

6.Cleaning Cruciferous Veggies Like Broccoli

Veggies like broccoli and cauliflower can trap dirt and pesky insects, so a quick rinse and spin in the salad spinner easily takes care of hitchhikers. Cut broccoli or cauliflower into pieces, soak and spin dry. Get your broccoli good and clean for this amazing Teriyaki Chicken.

Slow Cooker Sesame Teriyaki Chicken


Make your favorite Chinese dish right at home with this Slow Cooker Sesame Teriyaki Chicken. It slow cooks and simmers all day for a hot and ready meal when you walk in the door. Get chopping with the Good Cook Touch Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife for dinner prepped just right!

7.Washing Berries

Why didn’t I think of this before? Rinse and dry fresh berries in a salad spinner for easy berry prep. Fill the spinner bowl with water, let the berries soak for a few minutes, then lift the strainer section of the spinner from the water to remove without bruising! Try it on the berries in this scrumptious No Cook Berry Éclair Crunch Cake.

No Cook Berry Éclair Crunch Cake


Fresh, plump berries, a sweet, cloud-like filling, and a crunchy lemon layer come together in this luscious No-Cook Berry Eclair Crunch Cake. It’s splendidly no-bake, and whips up in a matter of minutes. Let it all come together in a Good Cook 9 X 13” AirPerfect Nonstick Bake Pan.

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