Gone are the days when vegetables were resigned to being a side dish or the least favorite dish in a table spread. There is a unique kitchen tool in town that will turn your opinions about eating vegetables upside down.
The vegetable spiralizer turns your ordinary vegetables into beautiful and appetizing noodles! It’s a new take on eating vegetables that has taken the country by storm.
More and more families are looking to add a spiralizer to their kitchen! If you’re interested in getting one, here’s a breakdown of how to use a vegetable spiralizer so you can make the most of this awesome kitchen tool.
What is a Vegetable Spiralizer?
If this is the first time you’ve heard of a vegetable spiralizer, you’re probably wondering what it is and what exactly it does. A vegetable spiralizer does exactly what the name suggests. It turns your vegetables into noodle spirals.
Depending on the blade attachment or adjustment, your vegetable can be turned into spaghetti, linguini, flat ribbon pasta, or fettuccine noodles. This way, your vegetables turn into the main ingredient or the main dish!
A vegetable spiralizer can also turn your favorite fruits into noodles. This allows you to create absolutely delicious and pretty looking salads and dishes.
How to Use a Vegetable Spiralizer
It’s pretty easy to use a spiralizer, even if it’s your first time. Depending on the model that you choose, your spiralizer might come assembled and ready to use. Alternatively, it may require some assembly, such as setting up the blade of your choice.
1. Pick out the fruit or vegetables you want to spiralize.
You can spiralize practically any kind of fruit or vegetable as long as it fits into your spiralizer. Before you attach the vegetable or fruit to the spiralizer, you want to thoroughly clean it first, especially if you choose to spiralize with the skin on. Make sure to pat dry the fruit or vegetable before attaching it to the spiralizer.
2. Choose your noodle or your blade.
Most spiralizers come with detachable blades in different types to create different kinds of noodles. There are also spiralizers that eliminate the need for you to change out the blade, simply by adding a switch that allows you to change the orientation of the blade.
Depending on your spiralizer, you can make spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine, or wide ribbon pasta like fruits and vegetables.
Once you’ve chosen a blade, make sure the blade is locked in place (if it is a detachable one).
3. Place your food into the spiralizer.
Depending on your spiralizer, the way it works might be slightly different, but essentially you’ll be placing your fruit or vegetable in between the arm crank (blade side) and the core holder which holds the core in place so that the rest of the fruit can be spiraled.
You have the option of cutting both sides of your food to make sure that both sides are centered.You also have the option to cut only one side for the core holder and leave the uncut side for the arm crank.
4. Spin the crank to get your noodles.
This part is pretty easy and it won’t even require you to exert too much effort. In order to spin effortlessly, make sure the bottom of your spiralizer is secured to the kitchen surface so that it won’t be moving around when you spin.
You’ll most likely get long pieces of noodles, so make sure to get your scissors ready to cut it up into more reasonable portions for you and the rest of your family.
Bonus Tips and Tricks
Because the spiralizer is such a wonderful product to have in the kitchen, you’ll want to make use of these tips and tricks to make the most out of it.
- Spiralize only raw fruits and vegetables. Cooking the food first before spiralizing it equals a big mess.
- Don’t throw out the chunk of food left after spiralizing. Keep it in a resealable bag and pop it in the freezer. When you have enough, you can make a soup stock out of it.
- If you produce some half-moons (due to improper positioning or a crooked fruit shape) don’t discard them. You can keep them for salads instead.
- Use a brush when you clean your spiralizer. It’s easier and gets the mess out of the blades without injuring your hand or cutting up your sponge. Simply soak the spiralizer in soapy water and brush away.
If you’re thinking it might be complicated to learn how to use a vegetable spiralizer, then you’re definitely wrong. It’s easy and it will change the way you eat your vegetables! Kudos to healthier meals for you and your family!