The Kitchen Tool You Never Knew You Needed

In case you missed it, check out my recent video on YouTube! We made rutabaga noodles using a table-top spiralizer. They’re SO good, and a perfect dish for a fall party. Plus, you can brag about the fact that you made noodles out of a rutabaga. I mean, really! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and give the video a thumbs-up.

I use peelers for everything from cheese to squash, and recently (like within the last year) got into spiralizing using a variety of hand-held and tabletop varieties. Spiralizers are like a peeler on steroids but in a good way. They’ve been around for quite a long time but have had a sudden rebirth the past few years with entire blogs and cookbooks devoted to them (see: Inspiralized. Mind blown.). As a dietitian, I’m totally loving seeing people get excited about vegetables! Get ’em any way you can! When you spiralize or peel in ribbons, you’re still getting the fiber and all the nutrients. The look is just different. Face it, a bed of steamed broccoli trees just doesn’t have the same appeal as a big ol’ pile of zucchini “zoodles” tossed in a zesty marinara sauce with grilled shrimp. Sounds delicious, right?

My husband could survive on potatoes and potatoes alone (like Matt Damon in The Martian), so the other night, I showed him a new way to prepare his favorite starchy veg using a hand-held spiralizer. We made baked curly fries to go along with our burgers. Naturally, he now wants to spiralize everything. Watch out zucchini and carrots! You can be fancy and spend $50 or more on a table-top version, or you can be cheap like me.

Here are my top picks for spiralizing and peeling that will fit any budget:

OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer, Green – $14.99

This little guy is so simple to use, and it gives you the perfect size of noodle or curly fry! It prefers softer vegetables, so stick to zucchini, carrots, potatoes, and other squashes.

Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler with Blade Protector, Stainless Steel Handle – $13.29

You can’t go wrong with Kuhn Rikon products because they last forever. I’m not actually sure how old mine is, but I have used it for everything. You won’t get swirly, noodly peels, but you can peel a zucchini and get perfect little strings for “pasta” just the same.

Tri-Blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer – $29.97

I haven’t used this particular version, but the reviews are great and the blades are high-carbon steel. You want something sharp that will last a long time!

Benriner Turner Slicer – $54.99

My friend Stephanie (the Chef RD in my YouTube video) has a table-top Japanese spiralizer she bought a while ago on Amazon. We can’t find the exact same one, and I don’t know Japanese, but this one seems pretty similar both in functionality and price. Seriously though, the Amazon find worked even better than a similar one from Sur La Table!


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Have you ever spiralized anything before?

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2 thoughts on “The Kitchen Tool You Never Knew You Needed

    • Erinn Gregory says:

      Thanks Natalie! So happy you enjoyed the video too. It’s my new favorite gadget. If you click the links at the bottom of the page to the different types of spiralizers, it’ll take you to their listing on Amazon.com. You can also find them at different kitchen stores or sometimes places like Target. Happy cooking 🙂

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