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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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?