My New Gadget: The Vegetable Slicer

zucchini noodles on a plate

I did it. I broke down and bought yet another gadget for the kitchen. Did I need it? No. But I wanted it. Oh yes…I even tried replicating the results with something I already had but it just didn’t do the trick. I. Needed. Wanted. That. Gadget.

I felt like I could justify the purchase because I knew I had the space to store it. And no, not on the counter but in a cabinet, tucked away yet totally accessible.

So I began to research as I always do before buying something totally new-to-me. I found bloggers who provided sponsored reviews of various gadgets and some that were completely unsponsored, just sharing their own personal opinions. I read any review I could find and finally made up my mind. I’m buying this gadget!

This groovy kitchen accessory will do lots of things but I gotta be honest, I bought it because I wanted to make zucchini noodles. Please let me introduce you to my new gadget…the Paderno Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer!

Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer

This vegetable slicer comes with three different blades that create different cuts. The 1/8-inch spacing blade creates spaghetti-like spiral strands. The 1/4-inch spacing blade creates thicker spiral strands and the straight blade produces long and thin ribbon-like strands. What fun!

This particular model has great suction cup feet that help it stay put on the counter as you spiral away. Plus, it’s all plastic and cleans easily. That’s important you know.

I couldn’t wait to give this slicer the initial test. I had picked up a few fresh zucchini at the farmers market and was ready to make zucchini noodles. It’s super easy to use too. The food plate is completely adjustable and once you secure your veggie – just turn the handle!

Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer

As you can can see, it really does make thin, spaghetti-like noodles! You might also notice the perfectly round piece of zucchini at the top of the blade? If you look at the first picture you’ll see that circle and that’s what you secure your vegetable to on that side of the slicer. So as you turn the handle, the vegetable pushes through the hole as well as the blade.

Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer with half of a zucchini cut into noodles

Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer with half of a zucchini cut into noodles

Look at those cool curly strands of zucchini!! I was amazed at how many noodles one medium-sized zucchini produced.  I stir-fried them with chicken and it was the perfect amount for two people. And I didn’t waste the round piece either. I just chopped it and added it into the skillet with everything else. No waste!

Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer with an entire zucchini cut into noodles

zucchini noodles on a plate

zucchini noodles on a plate

zucchini noodles on a plate

I never had so much fun prepping a food and it took absolutely no time at all. If you don’t stop to take pictures in mid-noodling, you’d be done in less than 30 seconds. And there are lots of things you can do with zucchini noodles. You can add them to a salad. You can toss them as-is with some sauce, which is what I did with my chicken stir fry. Even just those few minutes in a hot skillet cooks them enough that you don’t feel like you’re eating raw zucchini.

If you want to treat them more like real noodles and boil, bake or microwave them, keep this in mind…the zucchini is 95% water which can lead to mushy noodles. But you can easily combat that! Just place the noodles in a colander or strainer, sprinkle with salt and let them sit for half an hour which helps draw the water out.

If you research zucchini noodle recipes, you’ll quickly discover that there are varying methods when it comes to salting zucchini. Rinse. Don’t rinse. Squeeze. Don’t squeeze. Sprinkle generously with salt. Sprinkle only a teaspoon of salt. Find a recipe you like and try it. If the results aren’t what you expected…then try something else. But I’ve found there’s no hard and fast rule or technique that you absolutely must follow. I haven’t experimented with any of these techniques yet so I can’t give you my two cents.

I was quite satisfied with the quick, flash cooking method I did with my stir-fry. Plus it’s super awesome that I now have a wonderfully healthy alternative to pasta!

Cooked zucchini noodles in a chicken stir fry

 

I’m seriously pleased with my new vegetable slicer and can’t wait to make more noodles, especially now that zucchini is growing in my garden. And using the other blades and trying different vegetables and fruits opens up a whole new realm of recipe creation for me. And if you read my blog, you should know that I love to be creative in the kitchen! Wanna look at more pictures and check out the details? This link Paderno Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer will take you straight to the product page on Amazon. Oh, and if you do decide to get one for yourself, using my link will get me a kick-back, but I am NOT trying to sell you and this is not a sponsored post. I’m just happy with my new gadget and wanted to share my joy with you!

What’s your favorite kitchen gadget? Have you ever made zucchini noodles? Would you add a vegetable slicer to your kitchen gadget arsenal?

 

 

18 comments

18 comments to My New Gadget: The Vegetable Slicer

  • Mina Joshi  says:

    I haven’t seen this gadget in the stores. I must look out for it on Amazon. I love the way the zucchini turned into noodles.

  • christina  says:

    Glad to see someone else shares my addiction to Kitchen Gadgets…

    • Pamela  says:

      I have other new fun ones too but I am trying to hold out for future blog posts!! Thanks for your comment Christina!

  • Donna Janke  says:

    That vegetable slicer is indeed cool. One of my favourite kitchen gadgets is a simple one – the apple slicer. I had never seen one until a couple of years ago and I love eating my apples in slices.

    • Pamela  says:

      I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an apple slicer! I’ll go check that out now Donna! I love cool kitchen gadgets! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Ramona McKean  says:

    Hi Pamela,
    What an awesome contraption! I had zucchini noodles once. They were served as pasta and at first I didn’t know what the noodles were made of but did know they were delicious. When my friend said raw zucchini, I was astonished and delighted. You’re not kidding about a healthy alternative to regular pasta. Healthy and yummy!

    I love your photos. They bring your post on kitchen gadgets to life! Thank you for sharing.
    :-) Ramona

  • Jeri  says:

    My knife skills are scary and this looks like a fun gadget to boot. I keep telling hubby we need a slicer. Maybe he’ll like the idea of this one…

    • Pamela  says:

      Well here you go Jacqui! This would be perfect and fun too! I hope you can convince him! ;)

  • Jeannette Paladino  says:

    I’ve never seen that particular vegetable slicer. I love that it makes veggie noodles. Great idea.

    • Pamela  says:

      HI Jeannette! There are quite a few different kinds out there. And even smaller hand-held gadgets that kind-of do the same thing. I liked the solid consistency of the ribbons this slicer produced. And it had really stellar reviews that I read. Veggie noodles opens up a whole new world for pasta-style dishes without the carbs!

  • Maxwell Ivey  says:

    Hi Pamela; I’m glad to hear it worked out so well for you. This was good timing because just last week they did a special on vegetarian cooking on the chew and using zucchini noodles was one of their main dishes. this got me to thinking about equipment we bought back when my mom still had a food stand out on the midway. we paid over 300 for a ribbon potato cutter. and our first funnel cake cooker cost over 800. and it turned out they sold us a donut cooker instead but it still cooked funnel cakes just fine. fried dough is fried dough i think. I’ve never had zucchini noodles but I love vegetables and stir fry so i imagine i would like them. my favorite gadget is my k cup coffee maker. i prefer making a pot of coffee but that’s because being blind its easier to do a big pot once than two or three processes. but the coffee tastes so good and they have so many great flavors. thanks for sharing. enjoy your chopper, max

    • Pamela  says:

      Hi Maxwell – We have a Keurig coffee maker too and enjoy it. We even take it on the road with us when we travel by car to ensure that we’ll enjoy our morning coffee at whatever hotel we may be at. It’s crazy to think that industrial-sized gadgets cost that much back then – and now these kitchen-counter sized cousins are so affordable. I agree with you too – I bet fried dough is fried dough!! Thanks for sharing your memories! It always makes me wonder if sometime in my youth I might’ve bought a funnel cake from you!

  • Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie)  says:

    This is one of the coolest thing EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those zucchini noodles couldn’t be more perfect. No, this was NEED Pamela! I can see why you had to have it:)

    • Pamela  says:

      Yeah I’m very happy I made the decision to just get it. I look forward to making more noodles with other veggies too but the zucchini are growing right out of the garden so for now, it’s all zucchini all the time!

  • Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser  says:

    Hi Pamela, yes they are the greatest invention since….the last gadget I bought last year. I stumbled upon it at a very reasonable price and snatched it up pronto! Great with yellow (banana) squash, cucumbers, oodles of foods stuff. Glad you are happy with yours! Cheryl

    • Pamela  says:

      I can’t wait to keep using it Cheryl! I’m really glad I got it.

  • Kitty  says:

    I have never even heard of such a cool gadget!! I bet those zucchini noodles are awesome and it does make the mind reel with ideas for other types of healthy “noodles!” Sounds like fun and healthy eating.

    • Pamela  says:

      Thanks Kitty! Yes the gadget is very cool and I didn’t know it existed either until I began seeing a lot of recipes on Pinterest for zucchini noodles.

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