Why every kitchen should have a spiralizer

Why every kitchen should have a spiralizer

Everybody loves a kitchen gadget, especially when it makes you eat healthy. The latest hot kitchen trend is the spiralizer – invented for all your spiral-shaped fruit and veg needs!

The spiralizer pretty much does as you would expect and takes a humble carrot or courgette to the next level by turning them into thin spirals which you can use in any number of imaginative recipes.

You can spiralize any number of different fruits and veg, from apple and pear, to onion, radish, cucumber and beetroot, and it saves a heck of a lot of work chopping up!

The philosophy behind spiralizing is that it makes cooking fruit and veg into a bit of fun. It’s a great thing to do with kids as the machines are safe for them to use, and it means you’ll naturally lean to cooking more healthy meals packed with veg that you wouldn’t necessarily use otherwise.

There’s a real bonus to spiralizing when it comes to weight loss and clean eating. Rather than making a bowl of carb-laden pasta or noodles – you can make your own out of veg – I know, how cool! For example, courgette (zoodles), potato and turnip noodles make a great base to add plenty of flavour to. Think barbecue chicken and turnip “ramen”, Thai courgette noodle salad, coconut and mango zoodles.... my mouth is watering already.

Whether it’s noodles or ribbons you’re after with your fruit and veg, there are plenty of spiralizers on the market to choose from. From handheld, horizontal to vertical, you get what you pay for.

Hemsley+Hemsley Spiralizer (£29.95 incl p&p) 

This machine also comes with a recipe card and it makes 2mm ribbons, or noodles in either 3 or 5mm widths.

Lurch Spirali Spiralizer (£24.99 from UK Juicers)

Three blade inserts come with this spiralizer which does a similar job to the Hemsley and Hemsley model.

Harcas Vegetable Spiralizer With Cleaning Brush (£14.95 from Amazon)

The Harcas model is used a little like a pencil sharpener, so you’ll need to hold it steady, but for the price is a great option for spiralizing.

Won you over to spiralizing yet? If you’re feeling inspired, here are a whole host of spiralized recipes to get your creative tastebuds flowing.


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Sasha B.
9 June 2015

Sasha B.

I have never heard of these before and they sound great. I am thinking they might make courgettes more attractive to my sons too.....

Sarah L.
5 June 2015

Sarah L.

I do a lot of stir fries so this might save fiddly chopping and slicing - and sliced fingers too.

Roger B.
4 June 2015

Roger B.

sounds fun, although it does remind me of those old daytime tv ads! but anything that gets veg in has to be good.

DeletedFname1585043 D.
3 June 2015

DeletedFname1585043 D.

Alright, this article is the nudge I needed - 'zoodles' here I come!

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