Round and round and round it goes…..
Courgette…spaghetti?! Sweet potato….pasta?! It’s enough to send Peter Kay into another ‘Garlic…bread’-style spin.
The massive-selling spiralizer is helping to revolutionise the eating habits of households around the world. The Japanese invention uses its sharp cutters to create edible ribbons of fruits or vegetables, sometimes known as ‘courgetti’ or ‘zoodles’ (courgette spaghetti or zucchini noodles for the uninitiated). But strictly speaking, it can make ‘pasta’ out of a wide variety of healthy veggies.
According to Mary Portas’ recent Channel 4 documentary, “What we bought in 2015”, last year Amazon saw a 1400% increase on sales of spiralizers from 2014. At the end of 2015, Lakeland.co.uk were selling one every 4 minutes.
The programme credited influential food bloggers, such as Ella Woodward, – author of best selling gluten, vegan and sugar free cook book ‘Ella’s Kitchen’ – with popularising the spiralizer in the UK.
So, why spiralize? Well, for those who want to reduce their carb intake and/or increase their vegetable consumption, while still enjoying delicious home-cooked meals, it could be just the thing. It also caters for gluten-free, paleo, low carb, raw, clean eating, vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, as well as those who want to make easy, healthy changes to their diet.
Ali Maffucci, creator of the ‘Inspiralied’ blog says: “The spiralizer allows you to transform a healthy, low-calorie, low-carb vegetable into a giant bowl of pasta! Top with the right sauce and protein and you’ve got a delicious meal that won’t break the diet bank– in minutes.”
Sounds easy, but the difficult decision may be deciding just which spiralizer to buy. With so many different types now on the market, even the discerning consumer can start feeling dizzy and overwhelmed with the choices.
With the help of consumer guru, ‘Which?’, here’s our quick guide to the world of spiralizers so that you don’t send your healthy budget spiralling out of control:
Price – Look to spend between £25 and £30 for a traditional spiralizer. Handheld versions are around £15 and simple julienne peelers are a cheaper alternative for about £2. The more you spend, the more creative you can become. Dearer models come with additional blades and attachments to create noodles of different thicknesses from a variety of vegetables.
Horizontal Spiralizer – A metal ring holds vegetables in place horizontally. Turn the handle to churn them through the blades, but this version leaves the core of the vegetable behind. Ideal for longer and larger vegetables. Some include blade storage underneath the device.
Vertical Spiralizer – Turn the handle to push the vegetables down through the blades. It’s easier to apply pressure using this design, vegetables have to be positioned vertically between the handle and the blade, useful for smaller vegetables or larger ones can be cut to fit.
Handheld Spiralizer – Generally the cheapest option, good for those who want to make small quantities and use thinner vegetables. Work like a pencil sharpener, no handle.
Julienne peeler – A small handheld peeler that strips a vegetable into thin strands as you peel down the length.