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Monday, July 31, 2006

Department of unnecessary gadgets

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Tell the truth. When you prepare to wash and dry your lettuces, herbs, or other greens, do you ever think, "If only I could plug in my salad spinner, and let electricity do the job!"? Of course you don't. But that hasn't stopped Westinghouse from designing and marketing an electric appliance for a job that honestly requires no such thing. I discovered this gizmo when researching salad spinners for an upcoming "Gadgets" column, and it strikes me as the equivalent of using nuclear weapons on a backyard anthill. OK, I exaggerate, and in all fairness, this thing also acts as a food processor, chopping vegetables and grating cheese. But you probably already have a Cuisinart or the like, anyway, and I'll bet it works much better than this. For delicate greens, a more delicate touch does the job.

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