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Veggie Spiralizers

ReenieHJReenieHJ Posts: 1,216Member Member Posts: 1,216Member Member
Anyone have this gadget and is it worth the money? They're not that expensive really but if it ends up simply being a space sucker then it's money wasted.
I used to love noodles but they're one of those foods I just don't eat anymore. But I'd definitely eat veggie noodles. Besides, who couldn't use more veggies in their diet?
If you do have one, do you have any favorite recipes or hints?
Thanks!!

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  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 1,037Member Member Posts: 1,037Member Member
    I have a spiraliser ‘extra’ unit which came as a freebie send off with a food processor. It’s an extra lid, pusher and disc assembly for the main bowl.

    I used it a few times when it first arrived but not since I’m afraid. Mainly because it’s at the back of a cupboard that I need a step stool to reach, so I don’t bother! 😂

    The theory of vegetable noodles is great, and I think it’s worth a try. I’ll resolve to get mine out now you’ve reminded me I own it!

    I did like the result with raw carrots, as the texture was great in salads. Courgettes are the classic for noodles, and if you use them to bulk up actual pasta, are pretty good. I found them a bit lacking in texture when subbed 100% for pasta.

    We also loved potato spiralised and fried but I only did it once because - calories! 😂

    Oh and I also used it a few times to spiralise cucumber for a quick Asian pickle. That was great, looked so pretty and reacted well to the pickling because it was so finely sliced.
  • MelanieCN77MelanieCN77 Posts: 3,899Member Member Posts: 3,899Member Member
    I had a big one that suctioned to the counter and was always disappointed with it, then I have a handheld one I got at Target which is fantastic. I do raw zucchini in summer and have it with cottage cheese and an heirloom tomato as a salad alternative.
  • MomeproMomepro Posts: 1,510Member Member Posts: 1,510Member Member
    I have one with like 8 blades. I use 3 fairly frequently. I'd use it more often, but my hubby is a big, whiney vegetable hater. I like using it for myself though.
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Posts: 3,444Member Member Posts: 3,444Member Member
    I've got a handheld 1 that cost me $3 at Ross.

    I use it now and then. It's worth what I paid 4 it & doesn't take up that much rm.

    I seldom eat pasta anymore as well but don't consider sprialized veggies a sub for pasta.

    I mainly use it as a different way of preping certain veggies (mainly carrots, cucumbers and zuchinni) for soups and or salads.
    edited January 22
  • windra06windra06 Posts: 50Member Member Posts: 50Member Member
    I have a Lurch spiralize and also an attachment for the food processor. although both are great The fad wore off rather quickly so both just sit in the cupboard.
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 4,693Member Member Posts: 4,693Member Member
    I don't use mine that often and only replace maybe 30%-50% of pasta with spiralized vegetables. Useful for making SE asian salads substituting spiralized carrot and granny smith apple for green mangoes and green papaya. I don't have a shortage of counter space though. If you are going to get a counter top model I prefer the vertical feed models to the horizontal feed. Less vegetable waste and easier to use.
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Posts: 10,000Member Member Posts: 10,000Member Member
    I have 4. One crank type, one top down food processor type, one pencil sharpener type, and one kitchen aid mixer attachment. I don't use any of them. I need to stop buying stuff just because they sound cool knowing how much more I tend to lean towards convenience. Chopping vegetables is way less work and cleanup and they taste the same, so I find myself using a knife for most things and all the spiralizers, choppers, and single purpose gadgets and whatnot sit in their boxes. If I have to take them out, assemble them, use them, disassemble them, clean them, then cram them back into the box, it feels like I'm spending more time and effort than I want to in the kitchen.
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Posts: 5,509Member Member Posts: 5,509Member Member
    I agree - Ive never found chopping vegetables arduous, even for those recipes which call for finely diced veg.

    However i do like zucchini spiralized noodles and sometimes spiralized carrots - I buy them ready made ;)
  • nighthawk584nighthawk584 Posts: 1,737Member Member Posts: 1,737Member Member
    I bought one about 6 months ago...used it twice and it is buried in on of my cupboards now. 😂
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 4,877Member Member Posts: 4,877Member Member
    Chopping vegetables is way less work and cleanup and they taste the same, so I find myself using a knife for most things and all the spiralizers, choppers, and single purpose gadgets and whatnot sit in their boxes. If I have to take them out, assemble them, use them, disassemble them, clean them, then cram them back into the box, it feels like I'm spending more time and effort than I want to in the kitchen.

    This is me, but for once I know myself enough to not have purchased one in the first place. Yet still I'm sitting here wondering if maybe my food processor has an attachment I didn't notice and thinking the fast pickle thing sounds great. But long and super thin isn't a shape I want veg in most of the time anyway, although I've had the substitute pasta thing at a restaurant (it was a more interesting dish than that sounds), and liked it. I don't feel a need to do it at home, though.
  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Posts: 7,438Member Member Posts: 7,438Member Member
    I have one, it's ok if you're going to use it, I use mine rarely, but it only cost me around £10 as I got it at rep's price through Avon (their Kitchen Magik Range).

    I quite enjoyed spiralizing potato and making it sort of baked noodles with a little garlic oil sprayed on before cooking and some Parmesan melting onto it.

    Mostly I will just use my potato peeler for courgette (zucchini) ribbons as it's quicker in the long run and less mess.
    edited January 22
  • ReenieHJReenieHJ Posts: 1,216Member Member Posts: 1,216Member Member
    Thank you everybody. I'm always wondering about different gadgets but find when they become more bother than they're worth, they just end up wasting space(and money!) anyways. :blush:
    I still need to update my blender into something of a better quality and have been putting that off so maybe I'll start with that item. :) And buy a pkg. of zoodles at the store just to see. :blush:
  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 8,449Member Member Posts: 8,449Member Member
    ReenieHJ wrote: »
    Anyone have this gadget and is it worth the money? They're not that expensive really but if it ends up simply being a space sucker then it's money wasted.
    I used to love noodles but they're one of those foods I just don't eat anymore. But I'd definitely eat veggie noodles. Besides, who couldn't use more veggies in their diet?
    If you do have one, do you have any favorite recipes or hints?
    Thanks!!

    I have one now for few years. In use pretty much every week one way or another. Mine is from inspiralized. Check out the website, it comes with recipes etc.
  • aries68mcaries68mc Posts: 149Member Member Posts: 149Member Member
    I got one of those hand ones, which was way to hard to use, hard to clean and took too long. Got rid of that. Last year I got a Ninja one and it is great. I spiralized the heck out of zucchini last summer. Takes only seconds.
  • Priasmama416Priasmama416 Posts: 56Member Member Posts: 56Member Member
    I had an electric one from bed bath and beyond, that came with 5 different blades. My family and I loved it, my kids liked to help use it, but the gears broke on it after less than a year. I would give the 3 1/2 stars. Easy and fun to use not expensive, but the parts are small and break easily.
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 22,046Member Member Posts: 22,046Member Member
    I have one of the manual handheld ones, I think I paid $8 for it. I find it to be worth the money because I eat a lot of zucchini/cucumber "noodles" during the summer.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 37,791Member Member Posts: 37,791Member Member
    We use ours quite a bit...more in the summer than winter. We don't use it as a substitute for pasta or noodles though...just a different way to serve vegetables. We have done a few different things, but mostly spiraled zucchini. A frequent dish we make is a butter and lemon shrimp over spiraled zucchini.
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