Spiral slice your way to smiles.
Have some picky eaters at home? I bet they won’t be if you feed them spiral food. I tried out the Spiral Slicer from Paderno. For an inexpensive piece of plastic, this thing can do a lot for you and your family. It’s a pretty simple device. It comes with three blades, one for small spirals, one for larger spirals, and one for thin straight cuts. You put the blade of your choice in and then crank the fruit or vegetable of your choice through it. Some foods my 7 year old stepdaughter doesn’t normally like, gladly gets eaten once it’s been spiralized. I find the same is true even for me. I’m not a big fan of zucchini, but in a spiral, it’s somehow much more palatable to me.
Most foods go through the machine very easily. Apples, potatoes, cucumber and zucchini are no problem and are probably the most popular foods to slice. I tried an uncooked beet through the straight blade. That was difficult, because the uncooked beet was too hard, although I’m sure a cooked beet would do fine. A regular carrot was too skinny to make good spirals. A giant fat carrot should work better. The suction cups didn’t work great on my countertop, but it’s easy enough to operate even without the best suction. Check out my video to see. I think some foods might eventually stain the white plastic, but so far no stains, even from the beet. It’s all very easy to clean as everything can be run under water and scrubbed easily.
I’m having a lot of fun coming up with different ideas of what I can make with it. Zucchini noodles were a big hit with my wife who tries to avoid a lot of carbs and who generally dislikes zucchini. We substituted them for noodles and cooked them with tomato sauce. I tried baking fries in the oven. It was easy to make perfect spiral curly fries, but I personally failed in baking them. Although they tasted good, they didn’t satisfy my french fry obsession. I’m just going to fry them next time, or I’d love to test an air fryer out.
I sliced a cucumber very thinly with the straight blade and pickled them in rice wine vinegar to make the Japanese dish, Sunomono (pickled cucumber). This is a great healthy snack. Thinly sliced apple is popular with everybody in my family, especially our one year old baby.
The Paderno slicer really is something fun and easy to use that can make simple foods more interesting and taste better. It can be found here on Amazon for $33.24.
All opinions in this article are mine. The spiral slicer was provided by Paderno World Cuisine.