When it comes to preparing fresh foods in the kitchen, the prospect can be intimidating thanks to all the chopping, dicing, and shredding that the process tends to encompass. Sure, a blender or food processor can come in handy when you’re making salsas, dips, and sauces, but they don’t usually do the trick when you want to garnish a salad with pretty carrot curls or make a veggie noodle soup. Not to mention, cleaning up food processors and similar appliances can be time-consuming once your kitchen prep is complete.
Luckily, a spiralizer can take some of the work out of preparing a fresh meal whether you are on a tight schedule, or you just want to get back to your movie. For example if you’re in the mood for some angel hair pasta, yet you don’t have the time or inclination to cook pasta, a spiralizer can help you create a fabulous zucchini pasta dinner in just a few minutes.[caption id="attachment_1481138920" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Source: Raw Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado-Cucumber [/caption]
Here are five excellent spiralizers that would look great in your kitchen:
1. Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer
The Paderno World Cuisine spiralizer is an impressive little machine that allows you to create tasty noodles out of both fruits and vegetables within just a few seconds. The machine is constructed from tough material that doesn’t bend, slip, or bust even after years of regular use. This machine comes with three stainless steel blades for shredding and spiralizing both thin and thick strands of your favorite produce.[caption id="attachment_1481363357" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Source: Paderno World Cuisine [/caption]
This system is impact resistant to ensure a long life of use, and it’s also BPA free to provide you and your family with worry-free food prep. There is no need for electricity to use the Paderno World Cuisine spiralizer, making it easy to take on vacation or go camping with it! You can simply put it in your dishwasher between uses, but it’s so easy to clean by hand that you probably won’t bother. $22.95
2. Joyce Chen Saladacco Spiral Slicer
This Joyce Chen Saladacco Spiral Slicer can be used with a variety of different types of produce to create long thin noodles reminiscent of angel hair pasta, or thick curly strands that are perfect for salads and soups. The two blades this machine uses are built into one piece, so there aren’t a bunch of pieces to keep track of. Once the produce is inside and the top is on, you turn the handle at the top (a little elbow power is needed) while pushing down with a little pressure, and your spiralized veggies are caught in a nice little bowl at the bottom.[caption id="attachment_1481363359" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Source: Joyce Chen Saladacco Spiral Slicer[/caption]
The Joyce Chen Saladacco spiral slicer is made of heavy-duty BPA free plastic that’s machine washable and compact enough to store in a small cupboard. The white material does tend to stain when veggies like carrots and beets are regularly used, but it doesn’t affect the machine’s performance overall. 36.99
3. Kitchen Active Spiralizer
One of the best things about the Kitchen Active Spiralizer spiralizer is its conveniently compact size. Its cylinder is not much bigger than a glass, so it is easy to take along while on a road trip or when you just want to make something super fresh for lunch. The Kitchen Active spiralizer is also easy on the budget, coming in at under $10.[caption id="attachment_1481363355" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Source: Kitchen Active Spiralizer[/caption]
You’ll need to stick to elongated veggies like carrots and zucchini for the best results with this machine. But although the produce options are a bit limited when using this spiralizer, it is really easy to use by giving it a few quick twists. So if you face a busy lifestyle and want dinner on the table in minutes, this is the option for you.
4. GEFU Spiralfix Spiral Cutter
You can turn just about any fruit or vegetable into long julienne noodles with the help of the GEFU Spiralfix Spiral Cutter spiral cutter. It’s as easy as opening the top and putting your produce inside, and then choosing your desired spiral size before turning the wheel. You’ll be rewarded with long beautiful noodles good for a variety of your favorite dishes. The stainless steel blades are designed for use even with the toughest veggies, like potatoes, so you can make your own curly fries with ease.[caption id="attachment_1481363354" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Source: GEFU Spiralfix Spiral Cutter[/caption]
The container that catches all of your spiralized goodies comes with a lid for easy storage in case you don’t use up all your noodles at once. The GEFU Spiralfix comes in a sleek black design that looks svelte on any kitchen countertop. As like most other spiralizers out there, this one is easy to clean and can be put right in the dishwasher. $49.59
5. Breiftons Stainless Steel Spiral Slicer
The Breiftons Stainless Steel Spiral Slicer fits right in the palm of your hand and works by putting your veggies in the end of it and then turning the produce into it, similar to sharpening a pencil. This machine comes with a bonus brush to make cleaning its interior easy. You can create two different julienne sizes of noodles, making it possible to enjoy everything from stir-fry to fettuccine with just a few twists.[caption id="attachment_1481363353" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Source: Breiftons Stainless Steel Spiral Slicer[/caption]
The pencil-sized core that is left over from your veggies once you spiralize them can be cut up and used for soups, casseroles, and other meals that require veggie chunks. This ensures that nothing goes to waste! When you aren’t using the machine, you can store it right inside your silverware drawer for easy access when you don’t have a lot of time in the kitchen. 26.99
Whichever spiralizer you choose to use at home, you’ll find that a tool like this makes fresh food prep easy and convenient – especially when you’re on the run.
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