I have been eating a clean eating diet for the past couple of years and many recipes are served with veggie “noodles”. I have been using a vegetable peeler to make the “noodles” which takes forever. When I saw an offer to try this product for free, I jumped on it because I figured it had to be easier than using the vegetable peeler.
It comes with a manual, the base unit, the pusher section, the tower with a slot for the blade, three blades (large ribbon, thick curl, and thin curl) plus a cleaning brush. The curl blades make small or large “noodles”. The ribbon blade can made slices. For any blade, you can make long strands or you can cut the veggie to make circles or half-moon curls. To make circles, cut the veggie halfway through before placing in the machine. To make half-moons, cut the veggie on each side until about 1/2 inch from the center before placing in the machine. To cut, first you cut the ends off the food to make them flat. Then center the food between the circular holder on the blade and the spiked food holder on the pusher section. Push forward with the left hand on the lower handle while turning the upper handle clockwise. A small core will push through the circular holder as you advance the food forward with the right hand.
It is a compact unit the measures about 11 inches long by 5 inches wide by 7.5 inches high. The pushing section slides on and off. The blade in use slides in and out of the tower.
Two blades are securely stored in the base while not is use.
You release them from the base by pushing on the back side.
The tower section can be removed by pushing a release button on the side.
On the side when the pusher section slides on is a suction lever that you turn to set or release the suction on the bottom of the base.
The unit breaks down into three parts so that it fit into a kitchen drawer. It is super easy to break down and put back together, which I like very much. I don’t like to keep anything extra out on the counter if I can help it, there is enough stuff there already!
Here it is all apart in the drawer
All the pieces apart
Back together in less than a minute
I have tried it on carrots, zucchini, onion, and apple so far using the ribbon blade and thick curl blade. The apple and zucchini cut up beautifully. The carrots were on the small size and the core from the circular holder was nearly the size of the carrots so that didn’t work out very well. It would be fine with very large carrots though. The onions though – I will never cut onions for salad any other way now, so thin, like restaurant salads, and my eyes didn’t tear up. I will be sad when I have to chop or dice onions instead of spiralizing them.
Here are the onions done on the ribbon blade – first spiral, then curls, then half-moons and finally, the core that is left behind.
Here are the different blades using a zucchini – first ribbon, then large curl, then small curl, and finally the core that is left behind. The large curl is about twice as wide as the small curl.
The only negative about this product is the suction to hold it still on the counter. It didn’t really work. The unit kept sliding across the counter and I had to brace it up against something to be able to push the food forward. It isn’t too big a deal, but it would be nice to have the unit stay still with better suction.
Overall, I would recommend this spiralizer if you make lots of veggie “noodles” or you just like fun sliced veggies. My kids won’t let most veggies touch their lips. I will have to try some “noodles” on them and see if they will give them a try.