If so, then you might need a spiral vegetable slicer! A spiral vegetable slicer is a fun and useful kitchen gadget that turns firm vegetables or fruits into continuous slices or spiral julienne strips that you can incorporate into delicious and appealing dishes that are healthy and nutritious as well as tasty.
While everyone knows that vegetables are nutritious and full of good things like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it can be hard to convince children or picky eaters to actually eat them. With a spiral slicer, you can serve vegetables in new and interesting ways that may be more appealing to your family. Or, if nothing else, you can change their appearance enough to sneak them by. Not that I do this (*cough*). On a related note, did you know that shredded broccoli can pass for cabbage in coleslaw? I usually mix the shredded broccoli with the shredded cabbage so isn’t so obvious that anything is different. Then, I make sure to do the fist-pump under the table when no one is looking.
You can also use this easy slicer to make professional-looking garnishes for elegant salads for everyday instead of only when company comes over. You know how it is…most nights you are lucky to chop up a tomato and toss it on top of your bowl of lettuce. With one of these spiral vegetable slicers, you can quickly shred or slice cucumber, onion, carrots, jicama, beets, radishes, or zucchini in a matter of minutes. I just love the paper thin sliced onion that comes out of the spiral cutter. It is heavenly piled on top of a roast beef sandwich.
You can also reproduce some restaurant dishes that you love at home, thereby saving money. Have you ever eaten those crunchy potato nest appetizers? They are delicious! I haven’t tried making them yet, but this recipe looks wonderful. The World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer can shred your potatoes before they even think of turning brown. Another dish I like to make using the spiralizer is tzatziki, the greek gyro sandwich garnish. Grating cucumber on a traditional grater is tedious and messy because of how moist they are, but the spiral cutter does a better job with less effort and mess.
Here are four types of spiral vegetable cutters available online. I recommend the World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer, but the others have high ratings as well.