Meet the Spiralizer, My Favorite New Tool!
A spiralizer is a kitchen tool, originally invented in Japan, which quickly cut long thin noodles out of vegetables. The spiralizer allows you to create vegetable noodles for stir-frys, salads, stews, and low-carb “pasta” and, depending on the type of blade you use. The spiralizer is an easy way to get fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet without incorporating calorie-heavy ingredients.
There are two basic models, the hand model, and the table model. The hand models usually have a fixed blade size and are perfect for small dishes such as adding to a salad. I recommend the table models for their versatility in creating an entire dinner or small dinner salads.
Table models put your vegetable on an axis, and then you turn a handle to turn the vegetable and push it to the cutting blade. Most models include three sets of interchangeable blades: 1/8-inch spacing, 1/4-inch spacing, and one straight blade for ribbon cuts.
What to look for when buying your Spiralizer
• Models that have strong suction cups to keep the machine tightly to your table.
• Models without the ability to stay firmly attached to the table are okay for soft vegetables and fruits but cannot easily cut, for example, beets.
• Many models offer blade storage underneath for the two you’re not using too.
• The machine is easy to clean and packs away neatly
STANDARD SPIRALIZABLE VEGETABLES
The vegetable must have a firm, solid flesh (no squishy, juicy fruits or veggies.)
Following this alphabetical list is a complete, detailed description of each vegetable, including best practices for cooking and storing:
• Apple, Pear, Peaches
• Bell Pepper
• Daikon Radish
• Sweet Potato
• White Potato
• Winter squash o Butternut Squash
• Zucchini + Summer Squash
What can you add to these noodles?
1. Fresh herbs
2. Chopped tomatoes
3. Chicken, shrimp, chickpeas, tofu
4. Steamed greens
5. Cut, crumbled, or fresh cheeses
You might wish to try one of these sauces on your noodles:
1. Yogurt sauce
2. Pesto sauce
3. Bolognese sauce
4. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar and garlic
5. Spicy peanut sauce
6. Alfredo or roux sauce
7. Warm broth base for soup
8. Stir fry sauce.