I don’t really like to collect a ton of kitchen gadgets, and there’s definitely a size to usefulness consideration, since cabinet and counter space is always at a premium no matter what size your kitchen is. That being said, I really get a kick out of my spiral slicer (or spiralizer, depending on who you ask). Is it something you really absolutely need in life? No. But I got mine for like 10 bucks at Ross and it’s not particularly large so it gets to stay. This thing is so fun! Basically what it does is cut vegetables into either very thin slices or spiral shaped strings – almost like noodles. It makes adding veggies to salads and things a lot more fun, and it’s awesome for making veggie pasta – meaning that you can literally replace the pasta noodles with zucchini strands for a gluten-free, super healthy spaghetti experience. You can probably use other veggies too, I just usually use zucchini because it works so well and has a relatively neutral flavor.
The reviewers on Amazon seem to think the style of slicer I have is hard to work with but I’ve found it to be really easy. Allow me to demonstrate. First you peel your zucchini (or other vegetable) and cut it into pieces that are about 3 inches tall. Like so:
Then you center it in the spiral slicer:
Lock the lid on and press down on the handle so your veggie is wedged in nice and tight (Wedge your Veg! That should be a bumper sticker or something)
Then just crank the handle while applying even downward pressure and your spirals will start coming out the bottom:
Finally, the cooking experience Play-Doh promised me all those years ago!
You get a surprising amount of “noodles” out of one medium sized zucchini – I’d say this one yielded about 2 cups.
There is usually a small piece of veggie left once it’s done slicing but it’s maybe 1/4 inch thick and you could always chop it up manually if you don’t want to waste any.
That’s all there is to it – quick and painless. I also enjoy using beets (it’s a great way to be able to eat them raw):
Or you can flip a little switch on the side and get nice thin round slices, which works great with cucumbers for salad:
If you eat as many vegetables as we do, you will find yourself spending a fair amount of time chopping and slicing them, so any tool that makes that quicker or more fun is fine by me!
Now go cover your lovely “noodles” in a delicious homemade marinara sauce and enjoy the pasta experience without any guilt!
Note: Nobody has paid me in any way to endorse these products, I just genuinely like them and want to share my enthusiasm with you. If you click the link and buy them from Amazon I’ll make like 37 cents through their affiliate program, so that would be sweet, but that’s the only compensation happening around here.