Alton Brown's Smart Tool for Making Salad Dressing at Home

Alton Brown's Smart Tool for Making Salad Dressing at Home

Sarah Rae Smith
Dec 13, 2017
(Image credit: @altonbrown/Instagram)

I'm a firm believer in the fact that a salad is only as good as its dressing, and man do I have have some favorite dressings. You should probably try this creamy two-ingredient dressing, or this classic Italian salad dressing. And this miso-tahini number is — kisses fingers like a chef — so damn good.

There are an unlimited amount of dressings to try, but how do you go about making the dressing in your kitchen? Many of us might use a canning jar or smaller jelly jar to whip them up and store them easily, but Alton Brown has a pretty awesome alternative. It might be one of few unitaskers in his kitchen, but it's a good one nonetheless! Do you have this item in your cupboard?

In a recent interview with Imbibe, Alton Brown talks all sorts of things, including what he eats on the road when he travels, and family traditions around the holidays. The most interesting tidbit, I think, was a little nugget on how he makes salad dressings at home. Apparently he has a dedicated cocktail shaker for the task. He uses a shaker with a metal ball bearing which, he explains, "makes one hell of a noise, but my dressings stay emulsified quite nicely."

Although Alton is known for his hatred of unitaskers in the kitchen (items that only have one purpose), he makes the exception for this piece. "I've relegated just one shaker to [making salad dressings], I don't go back and forth and make cocktails in that." But he also mentions he isn't against using it for a dirty martini here and there.

If you're not yet the proud owner of a cocktail shaker, make sure to check out a few of our favorites that are as pretty as they are useful.

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