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.
The 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.
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.
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet Potato
- White Potato
- Summer Squash
4. Three great recipes to try.
Zucchini Noodles with Fire Roasted Tomato and Crunchy Almond Pesto
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- If you’d like to have this raw: just serve zucchini noodles, topped with pesto sauce!
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Preheat a Belgian waffle iron.
- 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.
- Transfer the noodles to a large mixing bowl and add in the egg and chocolate. Toss to combine.
- 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.
- Cook the waffle according to your iron’s settings.
- 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
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/3 cup feta cheese
- ½ cup lemon poppy seed dressing
- Spiralize cucumbers.
- Mix cucumbers and strawberries together.
- Pour the dressing on top and sprinkle with feta cheese.