If you’re not a good cook but you still enjoy eating at home, there are essential tools you need. How do I know this? I’m not a good cook. In fact, if I can get someone else to cook for me, I’m over the moon.
Honestly, the idea of slaving over a hot stove for hours on end sounds more like torture than a great way to relax or unwind. I mean, I enjoy assisting others. Give me vegetables to prep, and I’ll chop them up quickly for you.
But don’t ever expect a home cooked meal from me, unless you’re helping me cook it.
Now that I’ve made my aversion to cooking clear, I also have to mention that I don’t enjoy eating out at fast food places or overpriced restaurants. Why buy it if I can make it at home and it costs less?
Other members of my family enjoy cooking. They say it helps them relax, which is an alien concept to me because I view cooking as work.
So, if I’m able to cut corners when it comes to cooking, I’ll do it. If you look through my cabinets and cupboards you’ll most likely see all the gadgets and gizmos from infomercials.
One of my favorite kitchen tools is the salad spinner, which I found through Spinning Salad. Even if you’re not a fan of salad, there’s so many other things you can eat.
Before I had a salad spinner, I used paper towels to dry my lettuce. This was time consuming and wasteful. I also noticed I didn’t eat as many vegetables because I was lazy to deal with the washing and drying.
Now I just wash and chop my lettuce, put it in my salad spinner, and shortly thereafter my lettuce is ready for salad or tacos or spring rolls or wraps or anything else I can think of.
I also like using the basket inside the spinner as a colander for other vegetables, such as kale leaves. It has become such a time saver for me. Plus, it’s actually fun to use as well. Just don’t tell anyone I shared this tidbit with you.
Recently, I invited a friend over for dinner, but only because she offered to do the bulk of the cooking. I offered to make a salad, which seems to be my only specialty.
When I pulled out my salad spinner she was impressed with how quickly I finished everything. She was convinced that she needed a spinner too. Sure enough, the next time I went over to her place, she proudly showed me her new spinner. I think I started a trend with my friends.
When my mom visited me last week, I asked her if she needed a salad spinner. As usual, she said no. She’s an old school type—she barely started using a cheese grater about a year ago.
However, when I showed her how quick and easy the spinner was, she told me to bring her one the next time I came over.
After that, I made it my mission to get as many salad spinners into my friends and family’s homes. I found their reactions so amusing. What was even funnier was that they started telling people they knew about salad spinners.
I know it seems strange that these people would get so excited about salad spinners, but you have to remember that for the longest time most people considered a salad spinner a waste of money and kitchen space. At least that’s been the initial response I’ve encountered among traditional cooks.
My aunts loved it because they found so many great uses for it beyond lettuce and salad ingredients. One aunt called me up a few days ago to tell me that she figured out a better way to drain rice. This piqued my interest, so I went over to her house to see how she did it. Plus, she bribed me with dinner, so you know I had to be there.
She showed me how she put a layer of cheese cloth inside the spinner basket so the rice grains wouldn’t fall out. Then she put the damp rice in the basket and proceeded to use the spinner as usual.
A few seconds later she showed me the rice. Now she wouldn’t have to wait for the rice to drain anymore before cooking it. I was proud of her.
Isn’t it funny how a salad spinner brought my family closer together?