Lately, you might have heard a lot about spiralizing — cutting vegetables and produce into ribbons or spirals. This trend is about more than just making a healthy alternative to pasta. It speaks to a push toward healthier cooking that is sweeping the country. With over 32 thousand Instagram impressions, #Zoodles (zucchini noodles) has quickly found a home with health-conscious foodies like me.
I’m the assistant buyer for Cooks’ Tools here in Seattle, but I’m originally from Berkeley, California, where the slow food movement is king. At first, I thought it was a little “new age,” as many of the trends emerging from Berkeley can be. But once you’ve eaten at a restaurant that harvests all of its produce from local farms or, better yet, from its own rooftop garden, you’ll quickly realize that slow food is trending for a reason.
As people become more cautious of the ingredients they put into their bodies, they’re looking for more and more ways to spice up their homemade meals. That’s where spiralizing comes in, by adding fun texture and intrigue to what can otherwise be a ho-hum dish.
Types of Spiralizers
Spiral slicers have been around for quite some time; however, as healthy and raw food trends have found popularity, spiralizing has seen a lot of growth in the US market.
Various spiralizers use different mechanisms to accomplish this task but, generally speaking, each one uses a process that involves forcing produce through julienne-like blades while rotating around a center pivot. What makes a spiralizer unique is that while most cutting/chopping gadgets can be replaced with a good knife and a steady hand, in this instance the gadget is essential to the process. You can’t make true “zoodles” without one, and we carry four great options to choose from.
If you just want to get your feet wet, the GEFU Spirelli is a great entry-level piece that acts essentially like a pencil-sharpener for your veggies.
For those looking for maximum output with minimal effort, go for the Sur La Table Vegetable and Fruit Spiral Slicer.
Looking for something more traditional? Try the Benriner Vertical Spiral Slicer, a long-time staple in Asian kitchens.
And if you’re serious about spirals and want a tool with all the bells and whistles, check out the GEFU Spiralfix, for safe and easy spiralizing with built-in storage.
Whichever option you choose, you’ll be zoodling in no time!
For me, spiralizing is all about experimenting with healthy, local produce to see what happens. Grab what looks fresh in the produce department of your grocery store, or leave it up to chance and let your CSA box determine what you’ll be spiralizing today. I like a twist on Greek salad with spiralized cucumber, or try spiralized beets a la caprese (with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella).
Or you might take a few of our favorite recipes for a spin:
Are you a spiralizing pro or a veggie noodle newbie? Share your thoughts and recipes with us! You can also check out a side-by-side comparison of two of our most popular spiralizers here.