Friday, 12 August 2016 - , 0 comments

GADGETS & GIZMOS : Spiralizers!


I'm not one for gadgets for the sake of gadgets so I'm pretty selective about the equipment I choose for my kitchen, storage being a huge factor to consider...but one gizmo I would not be without is my spiralizer!
For anyone on a healthy eating quest or keen to keep variety alive in their diet, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend that this is one thing your kitchen should not be without.
I'm very lucky to own two spiralizers...and I will tell you what I love about each of them, then you can decide which one is for you.


The first one I bought is this one from Lakeland. I made the mistake of buying a cheap one originally but the handle literally snapped off the first time I used it. I also had a basic metal one but it needed oiling after every use-so a bit of a pain.
This one still looks pretty cheap as it is made of plastic but is as strong as an ox. It also has suction pads on the base to stop it wobbling around. It's great even for butternut squash 'boodles' which are probably one of the toughest veggies to spiralize.
It has a sharp tube to fix the vegetables onto on one end and plastic spikes to grip the other end by the handle, so your fingers are well protected from the blades.


This one comes with 3 separate blades but to be honest I only use the basic noodle spiralizing one. It's really easy to use and more importantly, to clean. It also takes up very little space in a cupboard.

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The Lakeland spiralizer is normally £29.99 but is often on special offer so do your research before buying.

Click HERE for a link to the online shop

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You may have seen my delicious spiralized recipe in a recent issue of WeightWatchers magazine. I co-write a monthly column with two gorgeous girlies, food bloggers Laura and Lou.


For this feature we were asked to use the Oxo Good Grips hand-held spiralizer which is sold in WeightWatchers meetings and in their online shop.
I have tried other hand-held spiralizers before and have not been particularly impressed as some tend to squash the strands of vegetable coming out and produce a really unsatisfactory result.


I found this one to be excellent as the blade is sharp enough to deal with hard vegetables. Courgette and cucumber are extremely easy to spiralize in this device as they fit comfortably into the housing. Anything larger such as butternut squash or apples will require cutting down so that is one slight disadvantage-and you do need quite a bit of upper arm strength for this one.
However, Laura's "Tip from the Top" is to twist the spiralizer instead of the vegetable...making life much easier apparently!
Thanks Laura x


I like the feature which protects your fingers as you reach the short end of the vegetable. The lid has little spikes to grip the vegetable you are spiralizing so there is very little waste.

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At £14.95
(or at the time of publishing this post
it is on offer at £11.20),
this one is half the price of the Lakeland machine so a great one to start with and literally fits in a drawer it is so small.

Click HERE for a link to the online shop

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I probably use either one of my spiralizers most days- I find that these thin strands of vegetables are a versatile and enjoyable way to eat large quantities of veggies without it feeling like a chore! 
Here are a couple of my favourite spiralized recipes for you to try
(click on the links to read);





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Happy Spiralizing!

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Please note: All the views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and I was not paid or sponsored to review these products.

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