If you’re trying to cut down on carbs, eat a healthier diet, or simply make eating vegetables more exciting, a spiralizer (Japanese Turning Slicer) is a must-have kitchen gadget. Read our best spiralizer round-up to find out the best machines for the job.
You might have find the Japanese Turning slicer is very popular on every online store recently. While it looks rather simple, it can do a lot more than first glance betrays. Dare we say, you also need to know what you are doing with it, or all you’ll get is vegetable mush.
The mandoline is the simplest and most widely used of the vegetable slicers. It is a cooking utensil used for slicing and for cutting flat vegetable slices and juliennes. The advantage of a mandoline over slicing with a knife is that slices are uniform in thickness which is important for cooking foods as well as presentation. In addition slices can be made very thin and quickly with less effort than by using a knife.
The mandoline consists of two parallel working surfaces, one of which can be adjusted in height. A food item is slid along the adjustable surface until it reaches a blade mounted on the fixed surface, slicing it and letting it fall.
If you haven't heard of a vegetable spiralizer, then you've almost certainly probably seen food prepared with one somewhere...
...whether in a salad, or in cooked form: Courgettes (aka zucchini) are a common one - so common in spiralized cooked form they even have their own name now, known as 'courgetti' or 'zoodles', as a grain free, low carb, low calorie alternative to traditional spaghetti or noodles. And if you've ever been for sushi, you've quite possibly noticed the pretty spirals of Japanese white radish served alongside slices of sashimi.
Many vegetables (and also some fruits) are excellent candidates for being spiralized to add to salads, stir fries, fritattas, soups etc., or to eat in place of pasta and noodles. With thicker cut strands or plain spiral cut, they can also be tossed in a little oil and roasted, to add to or make delicious warm salads, or as side dishes, snacks or garnishes. Spiralizing vegetables can also make them more appealing to those who aren't keen on conventionally served vegetables or salads - including children!