Turn Your Veggies Into Noodles

 

Customers come in all the time asking for that, “thing that turns vegetables into noodles.” I proceed to show them the two options we have at The Carrot Seed: the Spiral Cutter and 4-Blade Spiralizer. Both are very popular items. Questions that follow are usually something along the lines of the two listed below.

  • What’s the difference between the spiral cutter and 4-blade spiralizer?
  • Do I have to have a Ph.D. to figure out how to use it? It looks complicated.

This post will explain the differences between the two, tell you what fruits/vegetables work best, and give you some yummy inspiralized recipes.

1. First up is the Spiral Cutter.

IMG_5108The Spiral Cutter gives you a taste of how yummy spiral cut vegetables can be. It works well with zucchini but harder things like a sweet potato are seemingly impossible. The Spiral Cutter is a good introduction and starting place if you are not sure you will like the taste of veggie pastas. To use it simply put the vegetable, a carrot for example, into the opening and turn it. It cuts veggies into super thin, long strings. The Spiral Cutter is essentially a pencil sharpener for vegetables. You can purchase a Spiral Cutter at The Carrot Seed for $14.99.

2. Second is the 4-Blade Spiralizer.

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The 4-Blade Spiralizer is higher-tech, but I promise it is easy to use. Below is a list of fruits and veggies that can be spiralized in the 4-Blade Spiralizer. Consumers rave over how quick and easy the spiralizer is to use. Simply follow the assembly instructions provided in the package. Next secure the spiralizer by pressing the suction cup legs to a hard surface, and then attach your fruit/vegetable to the small circular corer and press the prongs into the other end of your fruit/vegetable. Finally, use one hand to push the lever handle along and your other hand to turn the crank handle.

The four blades included with the spiralizer are a straight/accordion blade, angel hair-shredding blade, fine shredding blade, and chipping blade. Here are some ideas of what to make. You could make long ribbons of cucumber and for salads, sweet potatoes spirals for curly sweet potato fries, or use the straight blade for apple chips! You can purchase a spiralizer at The Carrot Seed for $49.99.

3. Common fruits & vegetables that can be spiralized.

  • Apple
  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Jicama
  • Onion
  • Pear
  • Plantain
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Sweet Potato
  • Turnip
  • White Potato
  • Zucchini
  • Summer Squash

4. Three great recipes to try.

Zucchini Noodles with Fire Roasted Tomato and Crunchy Almond Pesto

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchinis, peeled, Blade C
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 14 ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 small pinch crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and once heated, add in the almonds, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Allow them to cool slightly.
  2. Transfer the almonds to a food processor and process until ground into chunks. Set aside in a small bowl and then, in the same food processor, add in the olive oil, tomatoes, basil, vinegar, cheese, salt and crushed red pepper. Pulse until creamy, add in the almonds and then pulse lightly until combined.
  3. If you’d like to have this raw: just serve zucchini noodles, topped with pesto sauce!
  4. If you’d like to have this cooked: place a medium pot over medium-high heat and add in the pesto. Cook the pesto, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. While pesto heats, place a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, coat with cooking spray and add the zucchini noodles. Toss until al dente, 2-3 minutes, or until cooked to your preference. Serve the zucchini noodles topped with the pesto sauce.

Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Noodle Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, Blade D, noodles trimmed
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate
  • cooking spray
  • optional, to top: maple syrup, blueberries, pecans, etc.

Instructions

  1. Preheat a Belgian waffle iron.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the sweet potatoes and season with salt and cinnamon. Toss and cook for about 10 minutes or until noodles are cooked through. You can cover to cook more quickly.
  3. Transfer the noodles to a large mixing bowl and add in the egg and chocolate. Toss to combine.
  4. Spray the preheated waffle iron with cooking spray and pack in the noodles carefully. You may have to play around with the noodles to get them to fit in all of the grooves.
  5. Cook the waffle according to your iron’s settings.
  6. When done, carefully remove the waffles and transfer to plates. Top with any toppings you’d like, but don’t forget the maple syrup.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • ½ cup lemon poppy seed dressing

Instructions

  1. Spiralize cucumbers.
  2. Mix cucumbers and strawberries together.
  3. Pour the dressing on top and sprinkle with feta cheese.

Sources:

http://inspiralized.com/what-vegetables-can-be-spiralized/

http://amazon.com

http://www.padernousa.com/4-blade-spiralizer/

Dakota Grill Event Recipes

Panless Meat Loaf

Ingredients: 2 Eggs, 3/4 Cup Milk, 2/3 Cup Crushed Saltine Crackers, 1/2 Cup Chopped Onion, 1.5 Tsp “Roasting Herbs” (at Carrot Seed), 1/2 Tsp Salt, 1.5 Lbs Lean Ground Beef, 4-8 Slices Bacon (Optional), 1/2 Cup “Honey Garlic” Or “Chipotle” For A Bit Of Heat (at Carrot Seed).

Prep: In A Large Bowl, Beat Eggs. Add Milk, Saltines, Onion, Seasoning, And Salt; Mix Well With Beef. Shape Into 4 Individual Loaves (Or 6-8 Burgers). Wrap Each Loaf With 1-2 Slices Of Bacon: Under, Around, And On Top. Spread Sauce Over Loaves.

Cooking: Place Loaves Directly Onto Grate Of Dakota Grill And Insert Probe About 1″ Into Thickest Part. Set Grill At 320 Degrees And Probe At 150.

Serving: Let Stand 5-10 Minutes Before Slicing. Serve With Additional Sauce And “Rebel Yell” (at Carrot Seed) For A Gentle Kick.

 

Tender Pork Chops

Ingredients: 4 Bone-In Pork Chops, 2 Tbsp “Butchers Rub” (at Carrot Seed).

Cooking: Season Pork Chops Well, Then Place Directly On Grate Of Dakota Grill And Insert Probe 3/4″ Or So From The Edge Of A Chop So Probe’s Tip Is Centered In The Thickness Of The Chop. Set Grill At 320 Degrees And Probe At 145 For Medium Or 155 For Well-Done.

Serving: Let Stand 5 Minutes Before Serving. May Serve With Applesauce, “Honey Garlic”, “Chipotle”, Or “Ol West” Sauces (at Carrot Seed) If Desired.

 

Delectable Chicken

Ingredients: 2 Bone-In Chicken Breasts, 4 Thighs, 8 Legs, Or 16 Wings; Favorite Seasonings, Such As “Rebel Yell”, “Basil Pepper”, “Bbq Herbs”, Or “Curry Salt” (at Carrot Seed); (Optional) Sauces Such As “Honey Garlic”, “Chipotle”, Or “Ol West” (at Carrot Seed).

Prep: Thickly Cover Chicken With Favorite Seasoning. Optionally Smother With Your Favorite Sauce To Make Buffalo Wings.

Cooking: Place Directly On Grate Of Dakota Grill; Insert Probe Into Thickest Part Of Breast Or Thigh, Then Set Grill At 320 Degrees And Probe At 170. If Grilling Legs Or Wings, Set Grill At 320 And Timer For 45 Minutes For Legs Or 35 Minutes For Wings.

Serving: Serve Plain Or With Your Favorite Sauce.

Three Great Water Bottles That Will Keep You Hydrated

Looking for the perfect water bottle to keep you hydrated all summer long? Well, look no longer. We’ve got you covered with three great water bottles to pick from.

1. First up is the D’ECO FRUIT INFUZER water bottle.

  • Infuse real fruit flavor into your favorite beverage.
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean.
  • 20 oz / 590 ml cup size.
  • Non-toxic – 100% BPA free.
  • Available in three colors: Blue, Orange and Green.

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The fruit infuser water bottle is a fun and fruity way to stay hydrated. Why infuse your water with fruit and herbs? There there are many reasons; I will name a few. One reason is it adds yummy, natural flavor! Another reason is the numerous health benefits. A final benefit is it will (hopefully) get you to drink more water. Did you know that health professionals recommend drinking 64 oz. of water every day?

Recommended infusing ingredients + plus their health benefits

Watermelon – Vitamins A & B, anti-inflammatory agent

Cucumber – Helps cleanse liver

Lemon – Vitamin C, aids digestion, & detoxification

Lime – Vitamin C, detoxification aid

Grapefruit – Vitamin C, promotes skin, & brain health

Strawberries – Vitamin A & C, anti-inflammatory agent

Raspberries – Vitamins C & B, promote skin health

Mint – Aids digestion & soothes an upset stomach

Ginger – Aid digestion, anti-inflammatory agent

How do you use a fruit infuser water bottle?

Fill the tube with your fruit/herbs of choice and water, of course. For the best flavor results, let it sit overnight. The next morning your water will taste fresh and fruity, and the best part is, you did it with no added sugar.

How much does it cost? $5.99

2. Second, we have the OGGL CALYPSO STAINLESS STEEL water bottle.

  • Double wall vacuum insulated, liquids stay hot or cold
  • Tight-fitting twist-on stainless cap with silicone gasket-eliminates leakage
  • BPA free
  • Conveniently fits in most car cup holders
  • Hand wash only

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Stainless steel water bottles are nearly indestructible according to customers. They are very durable but may dent if dropped. This is nothing to worry about though, as they will sill hold liquid well. Another positive quality raved about is the bottle’s ability to keep hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold all day. Some consumers report still having ice in their bottles after 12-plus hours!

How much does it cost? $14.99 to $19.99 (depending on size)

3. Finally we have FULL CIRCLE GLASS water bottles.

  • Cleaner, greener glass is the healthiest choice in reusable bottles
  • Soft lid and specially-designed lid cushion the blow if dropped
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Non-toxic, non-leaching, BPA free
  • Safe to put essential oil in
  • Some come with removable cucumber spiral cutter adds fresh flavor

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Glass water bottles preserve the taste and temperature of your beverage. Worried about breaking it? Don’t. The cushion on the bottom to keeps from being broken and the handle makes it easy to carry. One consumer reported that she dropped it on concrete from about four feet above and the bottle didn’t chip or scratch.

How much does it cost? $9.99 to $19.99 (depending on with or without infuser)

With so many choices, how do you decide?

Think of what you will be using it for. If you like to put fruit in your water, I recommend the fruit infuser. If you want to keep your beverage of choice cold/hot all day long, I recommend the stainless steel bottle. If you looking for a bottle to put essential oils in or one to infuse with lemon, I recommend a glass bottle. If you are putting essential oils in your water, keep in mind that oil and water do not mix. For the best results, dilute the oil in a teaspoon of honey and then add to your water.

Sources:

http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/leigh-vinocur-md-facep/how-much-water-do-you-really-need

hhtp://draxe.com/detox-drinks/

https://www.amazon.com

Skate Ramp Scraps Transformed Into Cutting Board Champ

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About

As a way to recycle left over building supplies TrueRide, a skate park manufacturing company, came up with an environmentally friendly system to make the most of their scraps. TrueRide founders knew material similar to epicurean was used to make durable kitchenware, so they decided to try inventing a line of their own. And in 2003, Epicurean manufacturing company was born.

Why buy an Epicurean cutting board?

  • It is dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Unlike wood cutting boards, they can be washed in the dishwasher.
  • It is knife friendly. The surface is hard and durable, but will not dull your knife.
  • It is NSF certified. The National Sanitary Foundation’s stamp of approval assures that your non-porous cutting board won’t harbor bacteria.
  • All cutting boards are heat resistant up to 350 degrees.
  • It is made in the United States. Epicurean manufacturing company is located in Duluth, MN.
  • It is made responsibly. Epicurean is certified by the Forest of Stewardship, meeting their standards for responsible forest management.

How does it compare to others?

Wood. Wood cutting boards have been used for centuries and make for a rustic and sturdy cutting surface. However, wooden cutting boards wear out much quicker than other surfaces and do get grooves from the knives used on the board, which allow bacteria to grow inside. Wood cutting boards are not as easy as others to clean, as they are not dishwasher safe. Despite these downsides, some people will only use wood cutting boards and claim that wood contains a natural substance, which kills germs.

Plastic. Some benefits of a plastic cutting boards are the relatively low cost and endless design choices available. Plastic cutting boards come in all sorts of neat shapes, sizes and colors, however one downside is that they wear down the quickest. Your knives will eventually put grooves in the board, allowing bacteria to grow inside. These are not heat safe and can melt.

Glass/Marble. The biggest benefit of using a glass cutting board is the fact that they are the very durable and sanitary. They are non-porous, so bacteria and dirt won’t be trapped anywhere however, glass cutting boards are hard on your knives.

My take on Epicurean products

I think the better question is why would you not buy an Epicurean cutting board? The material used to make the cutting boards is the same as what is used to make made to last outdoor skate parks that undergo anything and everything from harsh weather to a skateboarder wiping out. Keeping that in mind, I highly recommend the Epicurean cutting board if you only want to own one, but my personal suggestion is to have more than one type of cutting board, a mix of Epicurean, wood, plastic, and glass/marble. Have one to cut raw meat, poultry and seafood and another for things like vegetables, fruit, and breads.

Rating

Overall, I give this product 5 carrots out of 5.


Sources

http://www.epicureancs.com/about.php

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/12/cutting-boards-to-avoid_n_1335613.html

https://food.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/08/kitchen_cutting_board.php

https://www.amazon.com