A hundred-years-ago Good Housekeeping magazine had a column that contained household tips submitted by readers.
When I wash lettuce, it’s always a little tricky to get it dry before making a salad, so I was very excited when I saw a tip for drying lettuce in the magazine:
To Dry Lettuce for a Salad
The most effective way of drying lettuce, I have found, is to place it in a clean dish towel after washing, gather the sides and corners in the hand so as to form a bag, step to the kitchen door, and whirl the bag at arm’s length three or four times. This drives out almost every particle of water from the lettuce.
Mrs. C. H. C., Colo.
Good Housekeeping (January, 1916)
Of course, I had to give it a whirl.
Do I recommend whirling lettuce to dry it?
Naw—I just about froze. It’s way too cold to whirl lettuce in January.