Review: The Spiralizer

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Spiralized Zucchini Soup

Today I'm reviewing the spiralizer, here is a demonstration of how you can turn zucchini into “spaghetti” which I think is a wonderful substitution for real spaghetti.

My oldest son was my videographer, he did a great job holding the camera and helping with the commentary.

We have made spiralized beets, carrots, squash, cucumbers, and onions [affiliate link] with our spiralizer.

And here is how we had our dinner:
Zucchini made into "pasta" using the Spiralizer

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22 thoughts on “Review: The Spiralizer

  1. This was great, Starlene! Your son did an awesome job. And now I want one!!! Our 10th anniversary is coming up in September and I may just ask DH for it. I was going to get a watch but it turns out my old one is working fine after all so the Spiralizer might be it!! (P.S. smile!!)

  2. I have to get one of these! My vegetable peeler just doesn’t come close for this job!

  3. Starlene,
    Great video, tell your son he did an awesome job with the camera. I have to tell you that a couple of months ago on the yahoo group you posted about the spiralizer and I immediately put it on my wish list at amazon. I got it a few weeks ago and have really been loving it. It is really amazing how just cutting our familiar veggies into these cool shapes is like having a whole new food.

    Love your cow curtains!


  4. Starlene, can you tell me what it’s like to clean? We have really been enjoying zucchini pasta with meat sauce lately but I’ve just been grating them with a hand grater. My food processor works pretty well but I really don’t like cleaning my food processor. Those long noodles that you made look great so I am tempted. Although I’d have to find space for it in my already very full kitchen…

    One more question if you don’t mind. Do you happen to know when Gut and Physiology Syndrome is supposed to be released? I thought I remembered NCM mentioning the release date on your podcast with her. (Maybe not, but thought I’d ask.) My father-in-law has an autoimmune disease and my husband and I really want him to at least consider the GAPS diet. We thought of buying him the Gut and Psychology book but it’s not exactly cheap and I think the newer book would be a better fit since he doesn’t think he has psychological problems or digestive issues. (Ha! Not sure if I agree with him on those because what we think is “normal” is so skewed because of all the sick people.)

    Anyway, thanks =)


  5. @Meghan, hi there. It is very easy to clean, not at all like a food processor. I just take the pieces apart and rinse them with running water. The slicer piece that cuts the vegetable comes out (there are also two other slicers included, the chipper, which basically makes bigger spirals – they mention potato spirals – and a straight slicer which makes super thin slices) and then the piece that you spin around comes out. You could swish the parts in soapy water but it’s only veggie juice getting on it so I’ve usually just rinsed it and put it in the dish drainer and then back into the box it came in.

    If I remember correctly, Dr. Natasha said she hoped Gut and Physiology would be coming out near the beginning of 2012. I wish she could get it out soon, too. As you probably know, it is going to be the regular GAPS diet, but with more explanation on how gut dysbiosis affects the rest of the body. I know exactly what you are saying!! I know a lot of people don’t even want to think twice about the Gut and Psychology Syndrome book because as you say they don’t think they have mental issues or digestive issues or autism. I didn’t think I had any digestive issues because I could eat just about anything without any stomach upset. I did not connect beginning to have constipation issues or my being overweight with digestive issues! So I can relate to this not really thinking one “qualifies” to be on this diet that everyone thinks is so impossibly restrictive. I read on some comments at some blogs that people are actually scared and hoping it doesn’t come down to them having to do GAPS. It’s really not that difficult and it’s *real* food. Well, I better get off my soap box. Thank you for visiting and commenting, Meghan! ๐Ÿ™‚ Starlene

  6. @Marcie, hello! I did tell him and he said “Thank you”. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you are liking your spiralizer. I really, really love the mouth feel of the zucchini spaghetti noodles and especially love it in soup. It reminds me of Top Ramen noodles, which I used to love (I know, gag!). Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  7. @Tiffany, I have done the vegetable peeler variety and it’s more like flat egg noodles. Which I like this texture too! I used to love all kinds of pasta for different reasons. Now I just want to find some way to make a macaroni substitute. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. @Alicia, you’ll have to let me know if/when you get one! I told my son that you congratulated him on the good job he did and he said, “Thank you!” ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  9. @Magda, my boy is so proud of all the compliments on our video review. We will have to do some more! ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe you will get both a new watch and a spiralizer! ๐Ÿ™‚ As I mentioned in an earlier comment, it comes with three blades altogether. There is another one that cuts bigger diameter spirals and one that make super thin cuts, like round slivers for carrots. It’s a fun kitchen tool! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  10. @Starlene,

    Yeah, I see people all around me that I think should be on GAPS! It kills me that we have someone in my only barely extended family that I think could really benefit from it. I know that the diet will be the same with Gut and Physiology but I sort of feel like I only have one chance at selling it – you know what I mean? Ultimately it may be just too much of a lifestyle change for him but he did COMPLETELY change his mind about raw milk after reading The Untold Story of Milk so I think it’s not an absolutely lost cause.

  11. Great job! I wondered how long the noodles were. I was thinking about getting the spiralizer after the last discussion on yahoo, but then remembered I have an old Duncan Hines vegetable shredder/grater/stringer/etc. I tried it last night and the zuchinni came out short but in kind of the same shape as spaghetti. Thanks for posting this – now I can show my family and they can choose.


  12. @Sandi, oh, these didn’t come out so long. I gave my mother-in-law one of these for Christmas and my father-in-law and I spiralized a zucchini squash and we had a piece that was over TEN feet long! I am dead serious! He held one end and I held the other and we walked into the living room area holding either end of the zucchini noodle. We could have jumped rope with it, you know how two people stand at one end and twirl the rope? If you peel the zucchini it looks even more like spaghetti.

  13. Hi Starlene,

    I just watched your video and it was wonderful! Tell your son he did an awesome job taping for you. I also want to thank you for taking the time to respond to all of us on the GAPShelp website. It isn’t often that you find someone so caring about others. You are an inspiration to all of us! I just love kitchen gadgets. We have a raised bed garden this year and just this week I have gotten six zucchini. To me it looks like it would be easier to use the spiralizer to make spaghetti out of a zucchini than to bake a spaghetti squash and make it that way. Thanks again!

  14. @Amy Jeter, thank you for the kind words and I will tell my son. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow, you are so lucky to have all that zucchini! I am always envious of people who end up with tons of zucchini. I have to hand pollinate or I end up with very few squash. And then the critters decide to eat the ones that do start growing! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  15. Hi Starlene,
    I got one of these a few weeks ago. I love it and how simple it is to work! One thing I figured out is that I only need to cut the end off one end of the zucchini. Then I use the intact end against the tines, that way that little bit at the end that doesn’t get spiralized is just the bit I would have cut off anyhow.

    Great video! Thanks!

  16. Starlene, You are the best! What a great video! I have learned and been inspired by you sooooo many times! Thanks for posting this. I am going to get one. Tell your son he’s a doll.


  17. @Suzy, thanks! I will let him know he has another admirer. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you liked the video! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I just did my first zucchini noodles with this – love it! Super easy to do and clean. Thanks for teaching me about it ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Emily, cool! Thanks for letting me know. We love zucchini noodles and it can use up a lot of zucchini really quickly so a great use for those who have lots of zucchini squash from their gardens. ๐Ÿ™‚

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