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Oxo Salad Spinner

The first time I ever used the Oxo Salad Spinner in Kuwait, I became a fan. Do you ever buy the Kuwaiti Salad Greens at the Sultan Market? I hope you wash them before you use them!

The Oxo Salad Spinner has three parts; an outer bowl, and inner bowl like a seive, and a top that you press on and it makes the inner bowl spin very very fast inside the outer bowl, and the centripetal force makes all the water fly off the leaves and fall to the bottom of the bowl. So you can just lift out the inner bowl and empty the water out.

No electricity needed, it is entirely mechanical, and so well engineered that the bowl will spin on and on and on unless you stop it.

Before I spin the salad, I put all the salad greens in the inner bowl, put the inner bowl in the outer bowl and run cold water over the greens until the bowl is full. I leave it a couple minutes, then pull the inner bowl out, and empty the water from the outer bowl. The water is BROWN with dirt! I put the inner bowl in the outer bowl and rinse again, and again, until the water comes clear. Then, and only then, do I spin the lettuce/greens dry.

After emptying the spin-off water, I can actually put the spinner in the refrigerator, with the greens inside, or I can transfer them to another bowl or sack. They don’t last too long in our salad-eating house.

This is what the Oxo Salad Spinner looks like:


The part sticking out can be locked in the down position for storage. There is also a button that stops the salad spinner’s spinning motion, otherwise it takes a long time for the spinner to slow and stop.

If you are a reader who does not live in Kuwait, but who buys from local markets or farmer’s markets, you will still find this honey incredibly handy.

You can find the salad spinner by Oxo at for $24.95 plus shipping.

April 26, 2007 - Posted by | Cooking, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Hygiene, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Shopping


  1. Actually its the centerfugal force that causes the water to fly away from the spinning greens. centripital force is just the opposite and it never occurs with spinning objects. (FYI) 🙂

    Comment by Abdulaziz | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  2. spinning objects = spinning on their axis

    Comment by Abdulaziz | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  3. Oh Abdulaziz, I am so embarrassed, I thought centrifugal force held us on earth, and centripetal would encourage us to fly off. Aaarrgh. Thanks for correcting me.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi…next time before you order anything from Amazon , just call me, I got the salad spinner at the co-op for less than 1 kd !!!!

    Comment by hayfa | April 27, 2007 | Reply

    • Hi Haya, can you please tell me WHICH co op sells the salad spinners? thanks

      Comment by Sameer | August 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hayfa, you’re kidding! Less than 1 KD at the co-op? ? Holy Smokes, that’s a DEAL.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 27, 2007 | Reply

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