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How to dry salad greens

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I’ve just found a better way to dry my salad greens for a lot less money and with a fraction of the storage space required for a bulky salad spinner.

You need a clean cotton pillowcase.

EVERYDAY Wash your CHEAPSKATE greens well, shake off the excess water and stuff them into the pillowcase.

MARY HUNT Gather the open end into your hand so that it is completely closed and step outdoors. With great gusto, swing it around in circles for a minute or two, windmill style.The water will be thrown to the edges of the pillowcase due to centrifuga­l force then absorbed by the fabric. Your greens will be crisp and dry, and you’ll get a little exercise and entertain the neighbors at the same time.

Simply classic. It’s hard to beat fresh, cold, dry romaine topped with fresh, homemade Thousand Island dressing. It’s nutritiona­l, economical and just plain delicious. Here’s my favorite recipe.Yum!

THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING

1 egg, hard-boiled

1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon white vinegar 2 teaspoons sugar 2 tablespoon­s ketchup 2 tablespoon­s sweet pickle relish

1 tablespoon finely minced onion

1/8 teaspoon salt Dash black pepper

In a bowl, mash egg with a fork. Stir in the rest of the ingredient­s until well-incorporat­ed. Best when used immediatel­y, however, this delicious dressing will last up to three days in a covered container in the refrigerat­or. Yield: About 1 cup.

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