An Ingenious Bonus Use for Your Salad Spinner

published Jan 19, 2017
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The party problem: You’ve got to transport a homemade cake, but you don’t have a carrier or a box.

The party trick: Use the bowl from your salad spinner — and a plate.

We’re all about using kitchen gadgets for as many jobs as possible, and the salad spinner is way more of a multitasker than people realize (see: 10 Alternative Uses for Your Salad Spinner). Perhaps one of its most handy uses — aside from, duh, drying lettuce — is as a cake dome.

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Simply center your cake on a large plate, turn the bowl from your salad spinner upside down and put it over the cake. Note: The plate needs to be larger in diameter than the salad bowl (a dinner plate will usually get the job done).

Of course, the bowl can move around a little during transport, so this hack isn’t better than a cake carrier, but it’s better than nothing (yes, nothing = some toothpicks and some plastic wrap!). Continue to proceed with caution and take comfort in knowing your cake — and professional-like icing job — will arrive intact.

Even if you’re not hitting the road with your cake, this salad spinner hack is still a great idea. Just use the bowl to protect your cake during or after a party. Once you’ve cut a slice or two, this will help keep the remaining cake nice and moist.

Ready to upgrade and buy a cake carrier? We love this one: The Perfect Cake Carrier for Bumpy Journeys (and Small Kitchens)

Have you ever done this? What else do you use your salad spinner for? You know … aside from spinning salad.