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26 July 2019   Lynne LaMaster

To Spiralize or Not to Spiralize

You mean you can’t find EVERYTHING  on the Internet?

After an extensive search, the only information about the origin of the spiralizer is that it was first mentioned in early 2014 and by late 2014 had achieved food fad status. The concept has been around on an industrial scale for quite a while (curly fries anyone.) One of its ancestors appears to be the mandolin, that somewhat dangerous slice/julienne gadget. But the idea of making zucchini into noodles with a home kitchen device—who can say?

Why spiralize? Largely because by spiralizing vegetables, you can substitute them for actual pasta, which is a no-no on a low-carb diet. Purchased vegetables that are already spiraled are available, but they can be expensive. 

Someone we know bought an electric spiralizer, so now the question is, “Does it really work that much better than the elbow grease kind?

We assembled four quite different machines to put through our tough tests and here are the results.

Item 1, a hand spiralizer from an unknown company.

Item 2,large round plastic model.

Item 3, a sturdy model that attaches to your counter by suction. This spiralizer or something like this is shown in all the spiralizing videos I have seen. It comes with three different cutting blades

Item 4, the Cuisinart electric slicer and sprializer.

We spiralized yellow squash, butternut squash and sweet potato with each machine. You can spiralize all sorts of vegetables and fruits, however, including beets, carrots, zucchini, apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and more.

Results

#1 The hand spiralizer, worked well on the yellow squash, although it was hard to get the long even noodles they show in the photos. 
Pros—inexpensive and simple to use, easy to clean
Cons—hard to produce even results

#2 The round plastic model, hard to use, not stable on the counter
Pros—with practice made noodles with squash, didn’t work well on sweet potato
Cons—not stable on counter, hard to clean, bulky

#3 The crank model with the suction device worked well on all vegetables we tried. It made nice even noodles of three different shapes.
Pros—stable, low waste, widely available, worked well with a minimum of fuss
Cons—has a lot of parts to clean, doesn’t adapt easily to oddly shaped veggies

#4 The electric Cuisinart is fast, slices as wall as making noodles and is very stable.
Pros—good if you need lots of noodles or thin slices (even waffle cuts)
Cons—more waste and need to pre cut to fit, cleaning is complicated, more expensive

 

Conclusions

If you are going to use often or need a lot of cut vegetables, the electric model would be handy. It does make nice even cuts but it leaves a lot of waste and often requires shaping the veggies to fit in the feed tube. 

For most people, a nice hand crank machine that suctions to the countertop should be good. It works well, isn’t too complicated to clean and is not expensive. 

For any machine, check out the tips and directions to help you get the results you want. 

Who knew that raw beets tasted so good (especially with a little mustard dill dressing.)

Spiralizing Tips & Tricks

Spiralizer Primer—How to Spiraiize

If you have an air fryer, try this to give your spiraled noodles a better texture, or maybe lay out on a sheet pan and pop that in the oven for a few minutes.

I think the zucchini noodles would be great with a basil pesto sauce.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—Lots of Digital Deals. Some are only good Friday and Saturday, like Hostess Cupcakes or Belvita Breakfast cookies for only $.99/pkg. Others are good the whole week, Kroger cheese for $1.49/pkg, selected varieties.

Safeway—The Extra Special Digital Coupon this week is forYellow Peaches $.19/lb (first 5 lb only.) There are a number of click or clip coupons too: Knudson cottage cheese, $1.99/each, Luna, Lara, and Clif bars, $.75/each. Watch for the 10 for $10 shelf tags for items on sale for $1/each including Blue Bunny Ice Cream (personal size), frozen burritos, Green Giant canned corn and many other items. 

AND—There is $5 Friday this week. $5 for a rotisserie chicken, a full size watermelon or a pound of sliced roast beef from the deli.

Sprouts—Vitamin & BodyCare Extravaganza—25% off ALL items in this department. Limited to stock on hand. AND if you spend over $100 on these products you will get an extra 10% off. 

This includes all vitamins, supplements and body care products, including CBD.

National Food Days This Week

July 25Hot Fudge Sundae Day AND Chili Dog Day (add a salad and call it a meal)
July 26—Coffee Milkshake Day
July 28Milk Chocolate Day
July 30Cheesecake Day
July 31Avocado Day (That’s the beginning of the next week, but buy now to ripen)

More Foods For Hot Weather (An *means there is a video or recipe below.)

Main Dishes

Spiralized Sweet Potato Carbonara *
Pan Broiled Fresh Fish
Lemon Garlic Slow Cooker Whole Chicken *
Grilled Hamburgers
Barbecue Steak *
Chili Dogs

Sides and Salads

Spiralized Thai Salad *
Green Salad
Fresh Corn Salad *
Watermelon Wedges
Spiralized Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries *
Cilantro Lime Brown Rice *

Desserts

Spiralized Apple Pie *
Hot Fudge Sundae
Coffee Milkshake *
No Bake Oreo/Nutella Cheesecake *

Spiralized Sweet Potato Carbonara

If you don’t like underdone egg, try some of the liquid pasteurized kind. Can also serve extra fried eggs on top to add protein. 

Lemon Garlic Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Barbecue Steak

BBQ Pit boys go Primitive. Try this on your next camping trip.

Thai Salad, Spiralized

Peanut Butter in the dressing would be even more Thai (and you probably DO have that.) I would definitely cut the noodles into smaller sizes before truing to serve and eat it. Love the color combinations though and the dressing looks great. 

Fresh Corn Salad

Spiralized Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Spiralized Apple Pie (no crust, no bake)

Even Vegans might want a pinch or two of cloves and ginger. And non-vegans might want to use a pat of butter in the skillet and a big dollop of whipped cream on top.

Coffee Milkshake

Every recipe I looked at uses instant coffee! At least this one uses Ice Cream.

No Bake Oreo/Nutella Cheese Cake

Selected Items on Sale This Week (O) = Organic)

Meat

Beef Steak—$5.97/lb @Safeway, ribeye, T-Bone or New York, Bone In. $5.77/lb @Fry’s, Rib Eye
Ground Beef—$3.99/lb @Sprouts, 100% grass fed, $2.47/lb @Safeway, value pack. $4.95/5 lb pkg @Fry’s
Pork Chops—$.97/lb @Safeway, sirloin. 
Sausages—$3.99/lb @Sprouts, Chicken or Pork, with Hatch Green Chilis, Made fresh daily.
Fresh Fish—$4.99/lb @Sprouts, Tilapia Fillets, $9.99/lb @Sprouts, Fresh Alaska, wild, Sockeye Fillets. $16.99/lb @Fry’s, Wild Caught Halibut Fillets
Chicken Breasts, B/S—$1.49/lb @Safeway, at full serve butcher counter.
Chicken, Whole or parts—$.87/lb @Sprouts. $.88/lb @Fry’s
Ham—$.99/lb @Fry’s, Sugardale hame portions.

Fruits and Vegetables

Yellow Peaches or Nectarines—$.69/lb @Sprouts. $.77/lb @Fry’s, and plums. $1.99/lb @Safeway, Nectarines only.
Apples—$1.49/lb @Sprouts, HoneyCrisp.
Cherries, Red N.W.—$1.48/lb @Sprouts. $2.99/lb @Safeway. $1.99/lb @Fry’s
Strawberries—$3.98/2 lb pkg @Sprouts.  $2.50/1 lb pkg @Safeway.  $3/1 lb pkg @Fry’s, (O)
Blueberries—$1.88/18 oz box @Fry’s. $2.50/18 oz box @Sprouts, $2.50/6 oz pkg @Sprouts (O).  $2.88/18 oz pkg @Safeway (first 2).
Raspberries—$2.50/box @Fry’s
Greens—$2/pkg of 2 @Safeway, Romaine Hearts.  $3/each @Fry’s, Simple Truth (O) Salads
Tomatoes—$2/box @Safeway, grape. $.98/lb @Sprouts, Hothouse. $2.50/box @Sprouts, grape, (O)
Sweet Corn—$1/8 ears @Sprouts. 
Bell Peppers, red, yellow, orange—$.98/each @Sprouts, $.99/each @Safeway
Broccoli Crowns & Cauliflower—$.98/lb @Sprouts. $.99/lb @Safeway.
Asparagus—$2.49/lb @Fry’s

Other Good Deals

Cereal or Milk—$.98/each @Safeway, Milk, 1/2 gallon or 12-18 oz Signature Select, select var.
Bakery Treats—$5/each @Safeway, Devil Dog 8 inch cake, Fri Only.
Whole Cashews—$5.99/lb @Sprouts, bulk bins, raw, roasted, salt, no salt.
Crystal Geyser Water—$2.50/24 pk @Sprouts
Cottage Cheese—$1/16 oz carton @Fry’s, or sour cream or dip
Cheesecake—$4.99/each @Fry’s, Strawberry or plain