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Salad shooter recommendation

Post by Theseus » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:03 pm

I have been eating salad 3-5 times a week for lunch. Usually I make it for 2-3 days at once. Since I like chopped salad, preparing it is taking too long a time. I am wondering if a salad shooter would save time? And if anyone has a recommendation of which one to get that would be great. Money is not an issues as I will get a significant use out of it if it really works.

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by Bogle7 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:49 pm

Alton Brown says: Don't buy single purpose tools.

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by JoeRetire » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:52 pm

Theseus wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:03 pm
Since I like chopped salad, preparing it is taking too long a time. I am wondering if a salad shooter would save time?
Waste of money.

How long does preparing your salad actually take? How long do you imagine it will take to clean one of those "shooters"? And you will still need to peel your vegetables anyway, and cut them up into small-enough pieces. I doubt you'll save any significant amount of time.

These kinds of single-use gadgets are seldom worthwhile. Invest in a good set of knives instead.

If you have a good food processor, use that instead. If not, listen to a good podcast while you are preparing your salad ingredients.
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Knives or ...?

Post by Bogle7 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:06 pm

JoeRetire wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:52 pm
Invest in a good set of knives
And, a good knife sharpener.
These people make one to suit your needs -- https://chefschoice.com

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by UpperNwGuy » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:52 pm

Chopping salad ingredients by hand with a good knife is one of life's finest pleasures.

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by Prokofiev » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:27 pm

And you make your salad 2-3 days or more in advance? Doesn't sound good . . .
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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by fortfun » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:31 pm

We have one like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DFP-14 ... 905a130047

Expensive, but worth it. It can be used for lots of things but I use it to make chopped salad (brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, etc.)

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by anonsdca » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:01 am

I find that salad holds up well for a few days. I'd just make a big batch and cover well.

Or, just buy the kind of greens you dont need to chop. Baby spinach, spring mix, power mix, I find myself eating those mostly anyway.

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Re: Knives or ...?

Post by ivk5 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:17 am

Bogle7 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:06 pm
JoeRetire wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:52 pm
Invest in a good set of knives
And, a good knife sharpener.
These people make one to suit your needs -- https://chefschoice.com
And maybe a knife skills class with a chef or cooking school.

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by snackdog » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:35 am

When I ran a busy salad bar in a restaurant we used a Cuisinart food processor to prep all the veggies. No knives. It was fast and clean. These units last for decades and you can pick one up at a garage sale for $15 from someone who doesn’t know how to use it. I have had one for 30 years.

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Re: Knives or ...?

Post by lthenderson » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:24 am

Bogle7 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:06 pm
JoeRetire wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:52 pm
Invest in a good set of knives
And, a good knife sharpener.
These people make one to suit your needs -- https://chefschoice.com
+1

I own one of those and my knives are always wickedly sharp.

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by Sandtrap » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:51 am

UpperNwGuy wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:52 pm
Chopping salad ingredients by hand with a good knife is one of life's finest pleasures.
+1
DW and I eat large salads as meals and also with meals.
There are a zillion ways to prepare salads with a good chopping board and knife.

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by watchnerd » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:20 am

I've never had a salad shooter because they seem like single purpose gizmos that aren't actually going to save me time compared to my ninja knife skills.

But more importantly:

Cleaning

Don't you have to dismantle them, take out all the little blades, etc?

The knife cleans in 10 seconds under the faucet.
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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by Theseus » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:21 am

Thank you everyone for the input. While some of you enjoy chopping it, this is not something I like doing. That's why I was looking for an easier way. But I get it that additional single use appliance is useless.

My salad usually has Greens (Arugula, spring mix, whatever). I chop that as well as I like them chopped. Then Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers , brussel sprouts in general. I also include small cut apple, sliced strawberries etc. And some other fruit like Pomegranate, blue berries, black berries etc.

So preparing all this takes a while.
snackdog wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:35 am
When I ran a busy salad bar in a restaurant we used a Cuisinart food processor to prep all the veggies. No knives. It was fast and clean. These units last for decades and you can pick one up at a garage sale for $15 from someone who doesn’t know how to use it. I have had one for 30 years.
Thank you. I will look at this as an option.
anonsdca wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:01 am
I find that salad holds up well for a few days. I'd just make a big batch and cover well.
Exactly. Mine last 2-3 days easily in the refrigerator.
fortfun wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:31 pm
We have one like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DFP-14 ... 905a130047

Expensive, but worth it. It can be used for lots of things but I use it to make chopped salad (brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, etc.)
Perfect !! Thank you.

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by Jablean » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:09 pm

A note for those who buy loose leaf lettuce. I have found I can keep it without wilting or molding for 10-14 days with a few simple steps.
-unwrap the twist tie and toss
-shake water off and place in dry plastic bag if wet
-place half paper towels on 3 sides (inside the bag)
-store in fridge drawer

To prep I put appropriate number of leaves in water and add some cider vinegar to clean, tear into smaller pieces to preference, rinse with clean water, spin to dry. If I have extra I put in a ZipLock with a half paper towel.

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by Trader Joe » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:10 pm

Theseus wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:03 pm
I have been eating salad 3-5 times a week for lunch. Usually I make it for 2-3 days at once. Since I like chopped salad, preparing it is taking too long a time. I am wondering if a salad shooter would save time? And if anyone has a recommendation of which one to get that would be great. Money is not an issues as I will get a significant use out of it if it really works.
For myself, I use a good knife. Nothing better.

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Re: Salad shooter recommendation

Post by Dottie57 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:24 pm

A kitchen mandolin can be used to slice vegetables thin or thick.

The OXO brand mandoline looks great.

https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-Chefs- ... publish-20

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