Give It a Spin
We first chose the OXO salad spinner as our favorite in 1999, and although we’ve tested other brands over the years, we’ve never found a better one. But that product has been redesigned, and new products have entered the market. So we tested eight spinners, including the redesigned OXO, considering capacity, ease of use, design, and sturdiness.
All salad spinners share a basic design: a perforated basket that balances on a point in the center of a larger bowl. The lid houses a mechanism that grabs the basket and makes it spin. Centrifugal force created by the spinning basket propels the contents of the spinner away from the center; greens are trapped while water passes through the perforations and collects in the outer bowl. But the spinning mechanisms, and other differences in design, affect how well salad spinners work.
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Pear-Walnut Upside-Down Cake
by Annie Petito
Pears are sometimes referred to as the queen of fruit, but you’d never know it from a baking standpoint. Their popularity in desserts has always been a distant second to apples. But with pear season well under way, I figured it was a great time to explore pear upside-down cake, which requires a fair amount of fruit and would be a perfect way to showcase pears’ subtle floral flavor and graceful shape.