Have you seen all the recipes out there for vegetable noodles? My Italian grandmothers would not approve.
But, with people leaning toward less carbs (again), or toward a Gluten Free, Raw, or Paleo diet, many are turning to veggies to get their pasta fixes. For us, we like veggies, we’re GF, and my husband isn’t crazy about GF pasta. Bring on the Spiralizer.
I bought the Palermo Spiralizer from Amazon for $25 this winter when my Pinterest Feed was blowing up with veggie noodle recipes. Months later, this is what I think:
- The basics-It comes with three different blades (A, B, C) to make different sizes (thickness) of ‘noodles.’ We like size A better than the others, so that’s what I stick with for the most part.
- Aside from the blades, the other pieces are the crank and the base, crank slides easily into base.
- You really need to read the directions. And if your are like me, you may even need to look up a youtube video.
- It’s sharp. Really sharp. I cut myself the second time I used it. Granted, my spatial ability isn’t the best.
- It’s a bit tricky to clean by hand. But after running the blade piece through the dishwasher it was ok. Not even beets stained it.
- You are supposed to be able to anchor it to the counter with the suction cups. I’d say they work pretty well, but not 100%. It slides a little bit when I am making pasta with something harder, like sweet potatoes. Our house came with granite counters, so I don’t know how it is on other surfaces. Slides a little bit on the counter. My friend who has it says the suction cups work on her countertops just fine.
- It makes for fast noodles. You can eat the veggie noodles raw, or sauté them like we do to soften them a bit. Great for a quick meal.
- I tried to sell “rainbow noodles” to the kids. Ava ate them (and often requests cucumber noodles). The boys were appalled.
Verdict-if you want to make veggie noodles in larger quantities, the Palermo Spiralizer is worth the cheap price tag. The same model is also sold at Williams-Sonoma in other colors for a bit more money. We actually do use it a decent amount. Our favorite recipes (from Inspiralized.com) are Spiralized Bi Bim Bap and Buffalo Sweet Potato Noodles with Roasted Cauliflower. We prefer sweet potato noodles to zucchini noodles because they have more substance. My kids also like to make “apple noodles,” which is fun. You could sauté the apple noodles in cinnamon and coconut sugar for a treat.
Happy Noodle making 🙂
**As a side note, if you are not looking for a countertop spiralizer/want to save storage space/money, my sister in law also gave me THIS hand spiralizer. It is really good for carrot and zucchini noodles for one. I use it for lunch sometimes. It’s easier to clean than the Palermo Spiralizer, but requires more effort for less output.