Spiral vegetable slicer

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A table-top spiral vegetable slicer in use
Zucchini noodles prepared with a spiral slicer

Spiral vegetable slicers (also known as spiralizers) are kitchen appliances used for cutting vegetables, such as zucchinis, potatoes, cucumbers, carrots, apples, parsnips, and beetroots, into linguine-like strands which can be used as an alternative to pasta.[1][2]

Popularity[edit]

According to Good Housekeeping and US News, spiralizers were a hot trending item as of September 2014.[3][4] The LA Times stated that spiralizers became popular in the spring of 2014.[5] Spiralizers are especially popular among people following the Paleo diet, other low-carb diets, and raw vegans.[6][7][8]

Functionality[edit]

Spiralizers usually contain three blades: a round blade for spaghetti, a small flat blade for ribbons, and a large wide blade for spiral strands.[9][10] Vegetables are clamped between the blade and crank. As the handle turns with a bit of pressure, the vegetable is pressed between the turning handle and the blade, which cuts it into spirals.[11]

Usage[edit]

Spiralizers are often used to produce vegan or vegetarian meals or to make a lower-calorie or lower-carbohydrate version of a standard dish. In the case of potatoes, they can be used to make curly fries.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Quin, Chloe. "http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/09/how-to-ditch-carbs-with-a-spiralizer-2/". Lifehacker. Retrieved 3 October 2014.  External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ O'Connor, Jill. "Cooking with late-summer treasures". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Helm, Janet. "A New View of Vegetables: 7 Ways to Change Your Current Approach to Produce". US News. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "The New Way to Make a Homemade (Healthy!) Pasta Dinner". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Brown, Michael. "Experts are divided over spiralizers". LA Times. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Sara (26 August 2014). "Spiralizer: Cut Calories And Carbs With This Fun Route To Guilt-Free Veggie Pasta". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Bratskier, Kate (10 April 2014). "How Zoodles And Spirals Will Change The Way You Eat Veggies". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Brown, Larisa. "'Bullying Amazon copied our product, then undercut us': War of words between online retailer and family-run business which claims to hold exclusive UK rights to machine that can turn vegetables into pasta". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Gale, Hannah (7 July 2014). "The Spiralizer means you can finally eat pasta and stay slim, sort of". Metro. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Francis, Mandy (6 July 2014). "Kitchen gizmo that could shave pounds off you: It turns veg into guilt-free 'pasta' - but what does a real family with two hungry children make of it?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Mowbray, Nicole (14 July 2014). "The spiralizer: Welcome to the latest must-have kitchen gadget". The Independent. Retrieved 30 September 2014.