Beginner’s Guide: How to Spiralize Vegetables

How to Spiralize VegetablesThis photo tutorial guide will show you step-by-step how to use a spiralizer.

There is a huge food trend to use spiralizers to turn everything from beets to zucchini into long, skinny strips.

The skinny strips can easily be used as pasta, curly fries or garland in salads.

Check out which spiralizer I bought, how to use it, and how I liked it below:


How to Use a Spiralizer

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I am a little late on this trend, but I finally got myself a spiralizer. I’m a bit resentful of food trends and can be a bit of a hold-out about trying what “everyone else is trying.” I’m also a clutter-phobe and HATE kitchen unitaskers, so I was pretty resistant about getting a spiralizer.

But this spiralizing thing is honest-to-goodness awesome.

So far, I’ve relied mainly on spaghetti squash as a fantastic alternative to spaghetti. Read more about that here. The problem I run into with spaghetti squash is the the long cooking time and cooling time before I can use it. With the spiralizer, I can make vegetable noodles in a fraction of a time.

How to Spiralize Vegetables

I’ve been drooling over recipes on Pinterest using zoodles (zucchini + noodles) made with a spiralizer. I’ve noticed other recipes popping up using spiralized sweet potatoes, cucumbers and beets. If you’re wondering how those translate into noodles, picture sautéed zucchini or sweet potatoes “noodles” with pasta sauce on top, or cold cucumber or beet “noodles” as the basis for “pasta” salad. There are entire cookbooks dedicated to spiralizing- I can hardly wait to get my hands on this particular one for healthy eating. (Check out that cover art- yummmm!)

I picked up my spiralizer on sale for $26.99 at Home Hardware. In all honesty, I hadn’t done my usual exhaustive research and picked it up on a whim. I really wanted to get spiralizing and jumped at the first one I saw. You can read the reviews of the one I bought here.

In hindsight, I should have waited and ordered this spiralizer (also made by Paderno) instead. It has hundreds of 5 star reviews on Amazon. From the photos, I believe it has a shorter crank handle, which would make it way sturdier.

The manual that came with mine has a list of “suggestions of products that will slice satisfactorily”: potato, eggplant, apple, onion, cucumber, carrot, turnip, butternut squash, zucchini, radish and cabbage. (Honestly, I have my doubts about onions- I picture bursting into tears as I crank an onion through the blade.)

The slicer comes with 3 interchangeable blades. The blade with the smallest grater-like holes creates spaghetti size cuts. The blade with the larger grater-like holes creates medium-thick curly cuts. The straight blade creates wider ribbon-like cuts.

You can check out the 3 blades below. ( Am I only one who feels like this spiralizer is eerily reminiscent of the guillotine? No- just me? Ok, I think I’ve read Tale of Two Cities one too many times.)

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The first blade has one blade and small grater holes. This is the one to use to make spaghetti-like noodles. I decided to test it out using an un-peeled cucumber. I cut off the ends of the cucumber and then jammed it onto the circle bit you can see below. Then I poked the other end of the cucumber with the crank with all the picks in it. Simply crank the handle, while pushing towards the blade and the cucumber cranks out into thin spaghetti-like noodles.

The really funny bit is the snaky centre that gets cored out as your crank. See the photos to see what I mean.

I was really happy with how my cucumber “noodles” turned out. They were super easy and quick to make.  I learned that if you do not want ridiculously long noodles (that will end up being quite hard to eat), simply cut the cucumber cross-wise in thirds and crank it through in sections instead of the whole cucumber all at once.

Check out the easy process below:

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Next up was the blade with the larger grater holes. I decided to try cranking a sweet potato through it. I was not thrilled with the results- I had to apply A LOT of pressure to get it cranked through. It did NOT want to crank and it took about 10 minutes to spiralize.

I would not rely on using my spiralizer to make sweet potato noodles- it was too labor intensive and took too long. I honestly thought the handle might snap right off from the pressure required to press the sweet potato towards the blade- perhaps I’d have better success with a sturdier spiralizer.  For now, I will use my grater or my mandolin slicer to transform sweet potato into “pasta.” My inexpensive version just wasn’t up to this particular task.

Check out my attempt below:

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I decided to give the larger grating blade another shot with zucchini. This worked MUCH better. It took about 30 seconds to turn one zucchini into perfect, curly noodles. I can hardly wait to sauté these “zoodles” with some olive oil and garlic and serve spaghetti squash on top. Total spiralizing win.

Honestly, I would buy this thing for zucchini noodles alone. Soooo excited.

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Lastly, I tested out the single blade. This one can be used to make “curly fries, cutting vegetables for an attractive stir fry, creating garlands of vegetables, or for salads,” according to the manual.

I decided to test out another zucchini. I followed the manual and used a knife to make a 10 mm cut along the entire length of the zucchini. This creates a spiral-shaped garland as the vegetable is cranked through the blade.

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And that, my friends, is how to use each of the different blades on the spiralizer.

Now that I have finally purchased a spiralizer and figured out how to use it, I will be following up with great recipes and serving suggestions.

If you’ve been holding out, it’s time to get yourself a spiralizer. It makes clean eating easier because it instantly creates super healthy noodles.  I never eat gluten and rarely eat grains and am always looking for new ways to whip up “pasta”-based dishes using vegetables. It is a super easy (and fun!) way to add even more vegetables to your diet.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, can you do me one tiny favour? Can you pin the image below so I can show others how to rock this spiralizing trend?

Thanks so much and happy spiralizing!

How to Use a Spiralizer

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3 thoughts on “Beginner’s Guide: How to Spiralize Vegetables

  1. Lindsay says:

    My mom bought me a spiralizer at the dollar store and I love it! I can only make thin noodles, but they still look and taste great. Like with yours, zucchini works best. Can’t wait to try your spiralizing recipes!

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