I started seeing a lot of posts about this nifty little gadget called the Spiralizer. It slices up produce in spiral shapes that resemble noodles. I thought it looked really cool! So I purchased one for myself from Amazon. The official name is Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer.
Using My New Spiralizer
When I unboxed the Spiralizer, it was very easy to put together. I really like that there are four suction cups on the base that hold the device in place on your countertop. Very handy!
The first item I put through the device was a sweet potato. It had a bit of a tough time gripping to the claw that holds it into place. At first I was trying to hold it in place with my hand (BAD idea! Do NOT do this!). I promptly grazed my index finger on one of the cutting blades. Thankfully it was a minor graze, and there was barely a scratch.
To remedy the problem, I just took the potato out of the claw, and I sliced the end off to give it a new surface to adhere to. It worked!
Next I spiralized a zucchini. That was WAY easier than the sweet potato, I must say.
I will note that you will likely want to choose a relatively straight zucchini. Some of them are curved, and this may make feeding them through the grate a little bit tougher. Same for yellow squash, which I did next.
I really like this device! It cuts the veggies just as advertised. You can use the smaller cutting blades to make veggies noodles. These can take the place of pasta in a dish, or you could mix them with traditional noodles to “volumize” your meal and make it feel more substantial for fewer calories.
I used the veggie noodles all by themselves. I sautéed them in a nonstick pan with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. They do shrink down a bit after cooking, FYI.
While I would never try to convince you that they tasted anything like pasta (they don’t), it did taste very good! In my opinion, pasta is really just a vehicle for the topping anyway, and zucchini work well as an alternative. This would be great for anybody trying to go gluten free or low carb. Even though I do not fit into either of those categories, I will be using it to reduce calories of traditional pasta dishes. And I am excited about that!
I also will be using the larger spiral to make baked fries, both regular and sweet potato varieties. Very excited about that!
1. The Core
Worth noting is that a small strip (core) remains after the produce is fed through. This is because there is a fixed forward axle for whatever you are slicing. It consists of a round hollow cutting edge with an approximate 3/8 opening. This simply means whatever you are slicing will lose a 3/8 cylinder from its center. For this reason, I think it would be impractical to put skinnier produce through it, such as carrots or parsnips. It is fine for cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes and squash.
2. A Bit Messy
When the spirals come out it is a little bit difficult to manage collecting them. It would be nice if there was a catch basin for the strands as they fall from the blades. I just stuck a bowl under there and just swept the strands away with my hands.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. I would recommend the spiralizer to others. Given the price point of about $30, it is my opinion that the value of this product far outweighs any drawbacks.
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