Giveaway: Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

November 5, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

Over the years, one of the things I’ve learned about myself is that I am not a kitchen minimalist. I like useful tools, sturdy knives that hold their edge, and gadgets that make cooking and preserving projects faster. If it works well and serves a role in my regular culinary life, I will make room for it in my overstuffed (but well-stocked) kitchen.

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

This is why my assortment of kitchen gear includes a specialized yogurt strainer (for homemade Greek yogurt), a sweet little pan designed specifically for making caramel sauce, and Hamilton Beach’s SaladXpress. The SaladXpress is the newest tool to enter my kitchen and I’ve found that even though I’m outfitted with a food processor and a number of slicers, peelers, and graters, I’m happy to make room for it.

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

What I like about it is that it has a smaller footprint than a traditional food processor, dispenses right into your mixing bowl or saute pan, and cleans up more quickly than any food processor I’ve ever used. I’m totally smitten by the crinkle cut blade, because it means that I can give my pickles a classic wavy edge.

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

Thanks to a spur of the moment apple chip making project at my canning workshop last weekend (one of the class participants just happened to have a dehydrator in her car), I am currently on something of dehydrating kick. When I got home from the workshop, I pulled out the SaladXpress and my trusty Nesco and got down to work. I like to toss the sliced apples with a little cinnamon, lemon juice, and freshly grated ginger before laying them out on the trays.

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

Another thing that the SaladXpress does very well is the shredding of potatoes and other root vegetables for latkes and fritters. I find that it creates a flat, wide shred that feels closer to the one you get when you hand grate. I prefer it to the thicker, narrower piece that food processors typically produce (though I know that there are multiple schools of thought one the best way to prep potatoes for latkes).

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

Thanks to the incredibly generous folks at Hamilton Beach, I have eight of these SaladXpress devices to give away. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about a gadget or tool that you make room for in your kitchen. Whether it’s the spaetzle maker that you use twice a year or the ableskiver pan that you know you’ll make good use of someday, I want to hear about it.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random (using random.org) and will be posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email or social media.
Disclosure: Hamilton Beach gave me a SaladXpress for review and photography purposes and is providing the eight units for giveaway. They did not compensate me to host this giveaway beyond the use of that single review unit. All opinions expressed in this post remain my own.

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909 thoughts on "Giveaway: Hamilton Beach SaladXpress"

  • I keep an expensive mandoline that I have never really been able to get along with. It was a gift, and it’s great in theory, and I hope to like it one day. I have dreams of using it to perfect French Onion Soup.

  • My gadget/tool that I have and only use a few times a year – my big steamer. It works great when we are having a lot of people over, but nonsense to use for just myself and my husband. Frees up the stovetop for other items. 🙂

  • So many, but I will go with the Mouli food mill for making roasted tomato sauce during the tomato days of summer. The rest of the year it lives on the very top shelf of the cabinet.

  • I tend to buy a lot of gadgets that I sadly only use once. This summer I bought a cherry pitter because a neighbour gave me cherries and will probably not use it again. I do love my random gadgets though for when someone says ‘you wouldn’t happen to have a _____ ‘ and I am able to say yes!

  • I have collected kitchen gadgets since I was first married 40 years ago. I LOVE them! Ever since I got my Kitchen Aid for Christmas though, there has been room for it on my itty-bitty kitchen counter. Of course, my daughter got one the same year so hers is under the counter in what we call the appliance holder. We has our crock pots, food processors, mixers (hand and Kitchen Aid) waffle iron, pancake grill from my mother’s day, Cuisinart Electric inside grill/hot dog roller, mini pie maker, mini donut maker, corn dog maker, espresso maker, cappuccino maker, rice cooker, extra coffee makers and 3 deep fryers. I used to have WAY more but had to leave a lot of gadgets when we lost our house back in 2003. I cried for days. A salad shooter was one and the cookie press was one also. Funny, huh?

  • I have separate small graters or microplanes for garlic, ginger and nutmeg. Each one produces a slightly different result, and they are all absolutely necessary IMHO!

  • Despite having a kitchen with limited counter (albeit much more than our Brooklyn apartment), I find it necessary to have my Kitchen Aid mixer. We use it several times a week.

  • My 9 quart Le Creuset French Oven. I use it maybe twice a year when the whole family gets together for gumbo or red beans and rice. It’s huge and heavy, but it was a wedding gift from my late grandmother and is a treasured, if little used, part of my kitchen!

  • It is a toss up between my Kitchen Aid mixer and my Zojurushi bread maker. After being told that kneading bread was no longer an option for me, both make my life happier by allowing the smell of fresh baked bread to accompany all of those wonderful preserves I have found recipes for.

  • My dehydrator! I am on Day 6 of baking, slicing, and dehydrating our Halloween pumpkins into dog treats.

  • I make room for a baked donut pan 🙂 I’m gluten intolerant and end up making almost everything from scratch, so I end up with a lot of weird baking pans!

  • My pasta maker gets pulled out once a month tops, but I love it. My enormous pressure canner on the other hand sits on my stove from June to October and the month of January-I definitely have to “make room” for that one.

  • Jack Lelaine juicer and a blender. My daughter is a vegetarian and she’s always concocting delicious, but strange-looking beverages.

  • A pasta maker. I use it very rarely but it reminds me of times with my dad . I had to crank and he would pass the beautiful pasta sheets through.

  • Oh, goodness. I am the queen of countertop appliances. I think the one I can’t bear to part with but haven’t used in ages is my Snackmaster.

  • My crock pot. I don’t actually use it that much, and when I do its usually for making Iced Tea (yes, seriously iced tea, its awesome)!

  • My husband teased me about this when we got married, but now he likes having it. My rice cooker! I actually didn’t even know you could make rice without it before I met him.

  • Our big canner. Just don’t can like we used to for just the two of us now. But you never can tell when we’ll want to again 🙂

  • For me, my gadget of choice is my bread machine. It is such a time saver. I love being able to put all my ingredients in the pan, turn it on, take a nap and wake up to fresh bread.

  • A spaetzel maker, seriously!!! I love making the stuff, except for the part where I smash the dough through my strainer or grater.

  • My Kitchenaide mixer changed my life! But the appliance that most warms my heart is the little electric whisk for foaming up my coffee creamer,

  • I love kitchen gadgets and have many. My electric knife sharpener is used the least often, but I can’t imagine running my kitchen without it.

  • I’ve just made room for a microplane (after swearing for years that the fine side of my box grater was good enough!) My most single purpose and rarely used tools are a food mill and a vacuum sealer..

  • I have a special drawer for my mandoline slicer even though I hardly ever use it…because when I do need to use it, it’s awesome!

  • I keep my breadmaker even though I do make bread traditionally. Sometimes I decide at the last minute that we need bread with a meal and can have a loaf ready in an hour.

  • I, too, love my kitchen gadgets. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer several times a week. At first I tried to find a cupboard spot for it, but that didn’t last long – it’s been on the counter ever since, for years now!

  • Food processor for almost-weekly batches of peanut & almond butter. So much tastier than store-bought in our family’s opinion 🙂

  • After spending a bit of time skinning and seeding a hundred pounds of tomatoes by hand for canning, a friend asked why I didn’t use a food mill. I had never used one. I didn’t recall my mother ever having used one. Well I went and purchased one – holy smokes it was a lot easier, the next fifty pounds processing time flew by. That simple item became this newbie’s favorite gadget!

  • I love all of my kitchen gadgets & small appliances. My favorite is my KitchenAid mixer. It’s about 25 years old and is an absolute workhorse! Each year around the holidays I make about 1700 cookies! I wouldn’t be able to do it without my KitchenAid!

  • I make room in my kitchen for all my serving platters. We only use them 1-2 times a year but I just love knowing that I have them for when we have parties!

  • I just can’t part with my gigantic toaster oven. I RARELY use it, but there is no other way to reheat a slice of pizza! It takes up way too much precious space in my pantry, but I just can’t let it go. 🙂

  • Second to my beautiful Kitchen Aid stand mixer, that I use daily. A very inexpensive rice cooker. The original was a gift, I’m now on my second one. This was a complete surprise to me, who would of thought?

  • I’m happy to devote some counter space to my Kitchen Aid Mixer!

    The SaladXpress would be a helpful addition to my kitchen as my vintage food processer is missing its shredder and slicer attachments.

  • Oh gosh, where do I start. I have a tiny kitchen and yet on the counter lives my slow cooker, stand mixer, dehydrator, and vitamix. Mostly because I just don’t have room anywhere else to put them. 🙂

  • I make room for my magic bullet blender for smoothies. I eat one almost every day. It’s small, but is a great tool!

  • I always have my huge convection toaster oven out. It takes up a lot of room, but it does almost everything my oven does, for a fraction of the time and energy costs, particularly when you’re cooking for just one or two.

  • I purchased a set of biscuit cutters several years ago. They are sturdy, perfectly round and the one time a year I decide to make biscuits they come out just perfectly!

  • Mine is my Pampered Chef food chopper. I LOVE it. Truly saves me so much time and takes up very little space.

  • My Whirly-Pop: it has only one function, takes up a ton of room, and has a ridiculously long handle that gets caught on everything within a foot. I know that I could make popcorn in a saucepan, but I’d be missing the split lid and risking many more burnt kernels. Besides, I found the Whirly-Pop at a yard sale in the first neighborhood I really loved for $1. It’s moved with me ever since.

  • Our rice cooker is one favorite because it easily makes perfect rice for my husband, who usually eats rice daily. My other favorite is my Blendtec for making green smoothies, sometimes daily. Salads would be a lot easier to prepare with this great gadget!

  • My one bulky, yet satisfying gadget is the ice cream churn attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer. It takes up so much space in the freezer, but nothing beats homemade ice cream!

  • Lately the dehydrator has been out. I haven’t used it in years but decided to get it out and make good use of it.

  • I’m glad to have finally found an OXO food mill that works as well as my genuine antique Foley did. For some odd reason, my husband objected to bits of rust on the old one.

  • I have an old hand crank Sqeezo I use for canning tomato sauce and applesauce. It’s held together by a wing and a prayer.

  • One of our new favorite gadgets is the Yonana machine by Dole. It turns frozen bananas and various other fruits into soft serve “ice cream.” It is my sweet tooth savior. I love it and so do all my friends.

  • Oh I could totally put that to good use in my kitchen! My favorite gadget is my electric kettle. I use it every day, 2-3 times a day now that the weather is cooling off. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I have been lugging a pasta maker around with me for two decades. It was a gift from a wonderful friend who thought that was something I would enjoy doing. He made fresh pasta, and was a wonderful cook – but rather from a different tradition than my (very southern) roots. I have never once used it. I don’t even really eat pasta! And I’m trying to avoid white flour anyway. But for some reason, I keep it – I guess mostly out of love for my friend.

  • My bread machine. I bought it in New Zealand so not only do I have to find space for it, but I also have to find space for the transformer so that it works in North America! There is nothing quite like waking up to the smell of baking bread – and so we keep it (and have transported it half-way around in a container!).

    Anne

  • I couldn’t live without my cast iron Hong Kong Waffle Pan. It makes these unusual bubbled pancakes that are delish on their own or rolled up with some jam. It’s impractical but I’m obsessed with it!

  • I make room for a toaster oven. It is great for lunches or baking potatoes. The kitchen doesn’t get hot when I use it.

  • BOTH of my slow cookers. Being pregnant & having a 2.5 year old, I don’t have time to stand & cook dinner. These things have saved my life!

  • I keep my crockpot nearby. LOVE it for Superbowl Sunday or just a lazy Saturday . . . bbq ribs, or Mexican style chicken. Throw everything in the crockpot and move on to something else! When its time to eat, everything is ready! Its AWEsome!

  • I always make room for the crock pot. They take a lot of counter space and aren’t that easy to clean but they are a huge help this time of the year with all the fall sporting events etc

  • Foodsaver! I can enjoy pineapple in fall that I cut up in summer and it still tastes fresh, unlike that canned stuff.

  • I constantly use my old crockpot. But it’s the endless slicing and dicing that limits me to making good meals only on the weekends when I have time for the prep work

  • Definately my kitchen aid mixer and crock pot. I’d love to have a salad xpress because I don’t even own a food processor and we love to eat salads.

  • Believe it or not, I make room for my air popper. My kids love popcorn, and it is a good snack for me when I am counting weight watchers points. The chemicals in microwave popcorn scare me a bit, so I like to have the air popper handy for a quick, healthy snack.

  • I have a Vitamix and my Cutco knives that never leave my counter but I am going to be making room for a Kitchen aid stand mixer very soon. The crockpot moves back and forth on a pretty regular basis, if I had the room, I’d leave it out.