If you're new to spiralizing, I want to welcome you to a super fun fad that has taken the foodie world by storm. Spiralizing is the art of turning vegetables into noodles using a special tool known as a spiralizer. You might have heard of "zoodles" or zucchini noodles, a trend that has gained popularity among the Paleo, grain-free, and gluten-free movements.
Spiralizing is not only a great way to enjoy healthy and delicious meals, it's also a fun way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. If you think outside the box, you can make a whole lot more than just "zoodles"!
The Vegetti and the Paderno are the most popular spiralizing tools that are used to create long strands of noodles. Both gadgets create endlessly long noodles, which usually need to be trimmed into smaller strands.
The Vegetti is a small, inexpensive hourglass-shaped tool which allows you to turn vegetables into pasta-like strips. It works like a pencil sharpener, with options for thinner or thicker strips at either end. The Vegetti works on a limited selection of vegetables that are 2.5" or smaller in diameter (mainly zucchini, squash, carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, and sweet potatoes). It cannot be used for round vegetables like beets and kohlrabi.
The Paderno is a larger spiralizing tool that is priced between $30 and $40. It comes with 3 spiralizing blades – a 3MM noodle blade, a 6MM noodle blade, and a ribbon noodle blade (a newer Pro version also includes an angel-hair noodle blade). The spiralizer creates authentic-looking noodles and can be used for a large variety of fruits and vegetables. The Paderno is the easiest to maneuver; however, it is a bit harder to clean.
While not necessarily a spiralizing tool, the julienne peeler deserves an honorable mention. It resembles a traditional vegetable peeler; however, its stainless steel blade is divided into multiple mini-blades that turn your strips into julienned slices. The julienne peeler is the easiest to use, the most inexpensive and the smallest. It makes the quickest "zoodles"; however, it yields the most waste.
Regardless of what tool you use for spiralizing, experimenting with vegetable noodles is a great way to keep your Passover meals healthy, fun, and exciting!
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WHAT YOU CAN SPIRALIZE WITH THE PADERNO SPIRALIZER:
Any fruit or vegetable that is at least 2.5" long and at least 1.5" in diameter. The fruit or vegetable cannot be hollow or have a pit, and it must be firm.
- zucchini or summer squash
- sweet potatoes
- russet potatoes
- butternut squash (the neck only)
- yucca root
TIP: Zucchini and cucumbershave a lot of water that can dilute sauces. You may want to drain them on paper towels to remove some of the moisture, or consider salting and rinsing them to draw out some of the water before using.
USING THE SPIRALIZER, YOU CAN MAKE:
- Sandwich 'buns'
- Risotto curly fries with any vegetables
- Crusts for fish, shnitzel, sausages, or hot dogs
- Noodles for soups, pad Thai, salads
Use this method to create pappardelle-style noodles for salads or “pasta” dishes.
Use this method to create rice, couscous, or risotto.
I usually prefer to sauté my zoodles, but adding them to the soup, raw, just before serving, yields the perfect tender noodle.
Use this method to create pizza crusts, sandwich 'buns,' or latkes.