I Heart My OXO Salad Spinner

I am not a big fan of green salad. I am simply not into raw vegetables. Ask any Asian on how much green salad he has had this week, or this month, or this year? Most probably the answer would be close to none.

If you are in Asia and you suggest that you are going to bring a green salad (not fruit salad, not potato salad) to an Asian party, don’t be surprised if no one jumps up and down out of excitement. It’s not you, it’s us.

My mom bought lettuce from the market and she chose to stir-fry it. Frankly speaking, I quite enjoyed the dish.

I decided to eat more raw vegetables this year, so I started a new lettuce veggie bed.

I threw some seeds in my veggie bed and now the lettuce greens in my veggie bed are growing like wild horses! Seriously. I have given away bags of greens to friends and even my dog is getting some in each meal too. And still, I have a hard time keeping up with my lettuce!

FYI. My dog does eat vegetables. Here’s him chewing on a celery stick when he was four months old.

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Now it only makes sense for me to consume more greens too. I know, I know, eating greens is healthy and blah blah blah. Knowing it is one thing, but actually eating it is a whole different story.

I picked some lettuce from my garden and washed it. The greens were damp, soggy and the salad didn’t turn out good. I was pretty bumped.

When there’s a problem, there must be a solution. What can’t you find on internet? Thank God for internet.

Who doesn’t know about the existence of salad spinner, please raise your hand.

Has this product been around for a long time? I have never heard of it. Pardon me!

Definition of Salad Spinner from dummies.com.

salad spinner: A two-part device made up of a plastic basket inside a large plastic bowl. Place washed greens inside the basket and spin it (using whatever method your spinner offers). Centrifugal force removes the water from the greens.

Ok. Boys and girls, now let’s give a big round of applause to whoever invented the salad spinner!

The process is much like the last cycle of your washing machine: spinning the access water off your clothes.

I was sold on the idea and quickly ran to the At Home store and bought one.

Now, drum roll, please.
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OXO Salad Spinner

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1. Put freshly washed salad greens in the non-slip bowl (you can wash the veggie in the basket).

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2. Press the non-slip knob to start the basket spinning.

3. There’s a built-in brake to stop the salad spinner.

4. Done! The greens are crisp and dry! If the greens are still little damp, just put them in the fridge for a few hours. They would dry out naturally.

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5. To store the greens away, simply press down the knob and lock it.

I noticed that the greens stay fresher longer when I store them in the salad spinner.

We learn something new every day. Don’t we? :-)

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One pistachio, two pistachios, then a bowl of pistachios in just five minutes. Yum.

It seems like Twitter is getting more and more popular. I get to know about Twitter a few months ago through ABC News. Now, Twitter is everywhere. It’s on online retailer homepages, email newsletters, magazines, etc. It’s getting extremely popular.

I have been resisting to get to know more about Twitter. I don’t plan to follow anyone or let anyone follow me. Facebook already keeps me pretty busy. So, there’s no way I am going to sign up Twitter.

No!!! Say “No” to Twitter.

But as an Ecomm Consultant, I would have to accept the fact that I have to keep up with all the social networking tools. No matter how much I resisted the idea of Twitter, I finally checked it out.

The first impression was … Twitter is kind of simple and … cute. :) Not in a million years that I would have guessed this Twitter concept would take off.

I get the idea of fans of certain brands, celebrities, friends, etc want to get regular updates. People have desires to be connected and share information.

Fine! It’s really just like Facebook’s What’s on Your Mind.

It’s more fun to update Twitter using your mobile phone too.

140 characters, that’s all you get to share.

Updating your Twitter is better than sending out text messages to all your friends because then we don’t have to reply to your text messages.

“After hours party at Mina! In?”

People would get the message if they care to follow you on Twitter. Else, they don’t really give a damn about what you do. So, you can stop texting party info to all your 500 friends.

I would expect more companies are going to provide social networking service or hire Social Network Web Specialists.

Digg, Stumbleupon, delicious, Facebook, MySpace, ShareThis, Reddit, Technorati, LinkedIn, Blogs, etc. Gotta keep up!

Although I don’t plan to use Twitter any time soon, I did sign up Twitter in order to reserve my name. :)

http://twitter.com/yewming

If you own any company, reserve your name fast to protect your brand! It’s free.

Don’t forget about facebook.com/username too.

I got mine http://www.facebook.com/yewming.

I also reserved a name for my future company. What is it? Shhhh…. let me be secretive for once. :)

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