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Time for a Spiralizer?

Cutting down on carbs? Want to get the kids to eat more veggies? A spiralizer could be the answer. So, what is a spiralizer exactly? While the spiralizer has been around for a while now – sometimes referred to as a spiral vegetable slicer or a vegetable spiral – it has only come to the wider attention of home cooks in the past few years. Quite simply, a spiralizer transforms various fruit and veggies into long noodle-like shapes, allowing them to be substituted for traditional noodles when cooking. This makes them the perfect choice for anyone on a low-carb diet, for anyone who wants to eat a little healthier, or for anyone who wants to sneak more veggies into their kids’ meals.

Selecting a Spiralizer

When choosing between any kitchen utensils or appliances, there are various factors to consider. The spiralizer is no different. First up, look at the various types of spiralizer available. In general, there are three types of spiralizer on the market: the benchtop spiralizer, the electric spiralizer, and the handheld spiralizer. A benchtop spiralizer sits on the kitchen counter, allowing the user to manually ‘crank’ the fruit and veg through the machine either vertically or horizontally.

An electric spiralizer can be a standalone appliance or an attachment on a compatible stand mixer. Using this type of spiralizer is easier, as it requires less effort to use. Lastly, the handheld spiralizer is portable, where again, the user exerts manual pressure to create vegetable spirals. As it is handheld, this type of spiralizer can make it difficult to create uniform spirals, and can be too narrow to spiralise larger fruits and veggies, such as apples. Try to choose a spiralizer that features a catching bowl, and that has a range of blades in various sizes. For inspiration, simply check out all the great spiralizers eBay has to offer! From the simplest of food graters to the most fancy of kitchen gadgets, eBay has kitchen essentials covered.

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