Spiralized vegetables and fruit seem to have taken the world by storm. They are popping up in salads, substituting pasta and even making an appearance in desserts. This hot trend may have you wondering if you, too, should get a veggie spiralizer. But is it worth it? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide. Take a look:
Great Substitute for Pasta
If you follow a gluten-free or low-carb regime then a spiralizer gives you the freedom to turn almost any vegetable or fruit into noodles. These ‘noodles’ may be enjoyed raw or cooked in your favorite sauce. Zucchini, yellow squash and carrots are perennial favorites for substituting pasta. Here's a must-try recipe for zucchini noodles with sesame and limes.
Nice Way To Up Your Veggie Intake
Do you need a little nudge when it comes to eating more veggies? A spiralizer might make this more fun. Perhaps you'll actually enjoy biting into ribbons of beets, cabbage, peppers, sweet potatoes and much more.
Great for Entertaining
Spiralized vegetables make salads look prettier and are a cool way to encourage conversation around the dinner table. If you love entertaining and crafting eye-catching dishes then a spiralizer that can make noodles in different shapes may be for you.
Spiralizers Can Be Bulky
These nifty gadgets come in different sizes but many tend to be bulky. There’s the base then the part that grips the vegetable and finally the handle that kicks the spiralizer into action. Not only will this take up precious space on your countertop but multiple parts means more things to wash. This isn't good news if you live in a small space or have limited kitchen storage.
Spiralizers Can Be Expensive
Depending on the model veggie spiralizers can run as cheap as $9 to $400 and up. Of course, quality has a lot to do with the price so choose your model accordingly. Are you vegan and go through pounds of veggies a day? Do you constantly like to sub veggies for pasta? Then a good-quality spiralizer may make sense for you. Be sure to choose one that allows for different shaped noodles.
Let’s get real for a second. How often will you really use your spiralizer? If it’s something you are going to use every blue moon then why have it accumulate dust on your countertop? If you see yourself making veggie noodles several times a week then a spiralizer may make sense. Be sure to invest in a high-quality spiralizer with blades that can be sharpened.
How about you? Do you still want to buy a veggie spiralizer? Or would you rather skip it? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook.
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