s s s spiralizer – a review

28 Jul

Remember this?

Be still my beating heart.

The first spiralized meal I ever had.  Beautiful, spiral zucchini with homemade vegan pasta sauce poured over top.

As I mentioned before, I’ve wanted a spiralizer for as long as I can remember!  While most of us (including myself) love a good, steamy bowl of pasta, I love the idea of getting to enjoy “pasta” with the husband without feeling like I’m overdoing it on carbs/calories.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be partaking in the great Italian staple from time to time, but for a person who is trying to lose those last 10 lbs that are clinging for survival on her body, zucchini pasta is where it’s at!  And the best part?  It tastes healthy, fresh and delicious! I honestly loved it as much as the real thing.

There are many spiralizer recipes, using a variety of different fruits and veggies, that are out there. And they aren’t just for people trying to keep their calorie counts down.

You will love a spiralizer if you…

  • love veggies and want to incorporate more of them into your diet
  • don’t love veggies and want to incorporate more of them into your diet;)
  • are interested in trying more raw foods
  • enjoy making beautiful presentations with your food
  • love food
  • want a quick, easy way to make a more exciting salad

There is a plethora of foods that you can spiralize: potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, onions, beets, squash, apples, pears, cucumbers…just to name a few!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by CSN stores and offered an opportunity to review one of their products.  I made a deal with them that I’d review their spiralizer if they’d be willing to give one away to one of my amazing readers.  And they agreed!

Over the next couple of months, I’ll be posting recipes and ideas for using the spiralizer.  Then, to kick off the beginning of fall (my favorite season by the way:), one of you will have the chance to win your very own!

First, let me tell you about this little gem.

The Paderno World Cuisine Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer (whew!  that’s a mouthful!)..

“…cuts vegetables and fruits into curly, ribbon-like slices.  By placing the vegetable or fruit on the prongs of the wheel and turning the wheel while pushing the base toward the vertical julienne blade, continuous spiral strands and curled julienne strips are created.”

Honestly, I was a bit skeptical of this gadget when I first laid eyes on it.  Based on it’s inexpensive price and the fact that it’s made of plastic, I figured it might not work great/ hold up very well.

I was pleasantly surprised the day I received it in the mail and tore it open.  I immediately scavenged in the fridge for anything that could be sliced/spiralized and came up with a zucchini and a potato.  Without even reading the instructions (I don’t recommend this:) I went to work. Within minutes I had this:

And then this

Take my advice – do not go out and pay an exuberant amount of money for a spiralizer.  This baby worked like a charm and costs only $35!  It was easy to put together, easy to use and easy to clean up!  And it comes with three different blades for a variety of different spiral creations: thin spaghetti like spirals, medium spaghetti like spirals and a straight blade for ribbon spirals.

ribbon blade, thin spiral blade, thicker spiral blade

In summary, the following is a list of pros and cons of the Paderno World Cuisine Vegetable Spiralizer

Pros

  • no assembly required – just slide one piece onto the other, and you’re ready to go!
  • inexpensive
  • easy to maneuver
  • makes beautiful cuts
  • extremely easy to clean + dishwasher safe
  • makes a variety of different spirals

Cons

  • It is plastic, so it might not hold up as long as a more expensive version
  • Because it isn’t stainless steel, it doesn’t look as nice to sit out on the countertop

With the world of raw food becoming more and more widespread, having your very own spiralizer is the perfect way to get excited about making healthy meals and to enjoy some of your favorite fruits and vegetables in new ways!

Now get excited for the chance to win one of your own (if you can hold off from buying one for a little while;) and stay tuned for more details and recipes to come!!

**I received this spiralizer free of charge in exchange for sharing with you this honest, unbiased review.  I have not received any other compensation for this review, and I would not hesitate to give a negative review if this product garnered such.

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8 Responses to “s s s spiralizer – a review”

  1. Rhea July 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    Hello my spiralista sista! Glad to see you’re loving yours. I took the plunge this weekend and I’ve been having so much fun with it. It’s like my own little foodie Play-Do Fun Factory 😀

  2. Heather (Where's the Beach) July 28, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    See, you’re an enabler 😉 I never would have thought I would have wanted one. Now I “need” one.

  3. amber@SAHM's musings July 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    fall is my fave too!

  4. Briana July 30, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Hi there 🙂 I have been non stop reading about blogs and food blogs, vegan, vegetarian blogs and on almost every SINGLE one of them there was zucchini pasta. So i went and bought a zucchini and attempted to make pasta without a sprializer because i didn’t have one and let me tell you, i almost cried in disappointment, i was so excited to make my hunny some zucchini pasta because he is a big carb eater and i wanted to share my passion of heathly eating with him and it so didn’t turn out like pasta hahahah. 😦 Although i can laugh about it now, it was horrible at the time and i got so upset with myself but he took me out to a nice dinner instead of eating my dinner to cheer me up. But i guess this is just the beginning of my cooking experiments. BUT i would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE to try and win a spiralizer! How freaking amazing would that be! PLEASE let me know details. :)))))

    • candice August 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

      Aw, way to go for trying to share your passion of healthy eating! You’re awesome!

      That kind of thing happens to the best of us – and it sounds like your husband was so sweet about it:) I have tried to make new recipes and had them fail countless times. It’s always so discouraging! But for every fail, you’re one step closer to a success!

      I’ll be doing the spiralizer giveaway around the first to middle of September, so stay tuned. If you check back regularly/follow me on twitter, you’re sure to hear about it and get a chance to win!

  5. autoversicherung vergleich October 28, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    I had been arguing with my close friend on this issue for quite a while, base on your ideas prove that I am right, let me show him your webpage then I am sure it must make him buy me a drink, lol, thanks.

    – Kris

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