Kitchenography with David Myers Part 4

Jul 5, 2011 4:01 pm

How to dry salad without a salad spinner

David Myers portrait
Photos: Lesley Balla

Yes, it's time for another Kitchenography with David Myers. The LA-based chef behind Comme Ca and other fine restaurants has been helping out those with limited kitchen resources to find quick-fix tricks to allow anyone to cook like a pro. Want to strain a fine puree but don't have the equipment? No problemo! Need to filter broth but lacking the proper chinois cloth? David's got you covered. Want to temper chocolate or keep your sauces warm? Grab a blanket! Next up? What to do if you don't have a salad spinner handy but you do have some strainers on hand. Take it away, Chef.

lettuce in bowl
Wash lettuce

Wash the lettuce and place it in a bowl.

David Myers moving wet lettuce to strainer
Transfer the wet lettuce

Remove the wet lettuce leaves from the bowl and place in a wire mesh strainer. 

Kitchenography with David Myers Part 4
Cover strainer with another strainer

Place your second wire mesh strainer over the first, holding over bowl to let some of excess water drain out.

Kitchenography with David Myers Part 4
Shake vigorously

While holding this makeshift salad-shaking contraption over the bowl or a sink, shake vigorously to remove remaining moisture from the leaves. Don't stop until leaves are completely dry.

Kitchenography with David Myers Part 4
Transfer dry leaves to plate

Once your lettuce is completely dry, you can transfer the leaves to a plate or bowl and begin assembling a delicious, nutritious salad.

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