It's New Year and that means everyone's trying to be healthy again. One popular method is to cut down on carbs and a spiralizer is a must-have kitchen gadget for the job. Read our best spiralizer round-up to find out why.
Spiralizers turn your five-a-day into improbably long noodles at the turn of a handle – like a julienne peeler that keeps on giving.
You can use a spiralizer to make attractive salads, slice radish for sushi, or most likely replace noodles and spaghetti with low-carb alternatives.
The most popular veg to get the spiralizer treatment is the courgette – which is transformed into "zoodles" (zucchini noodles). Leave the skin on for extra nutrients, or peel first for paler zoodles that look more like the real thing.
The long, pale ribbons can be served up raw or sautéd. Once covered in bolognaise sauce or dropped into a soup, they're easily mistaken for pasta.
Other popular spiralized veg include beetroot, carrots, sweet potatoes and cucumbers. With the right spiralizer you can turn an entire cucumber into one long spiral that could probably reach to the end of the street – a great trick for getting children to eat more salad. You can also spiralize hard fruits such as apples.
Spiralizers are affordable, as kitchen gadgets go. So the only downside is that they take up cupboard or counter space. If you're low on storage, look for a small one… If you get the spiralizing bug you can always invest in a big one later.
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Most spiralizers put your vegetable on an axis and then you turn a handle to spin the veg and push it towards the cutting blade. The machine has a very sharp blade (fingertips be warned) and then, depending on what size spirals you require, a set of little sharp teeth just before the blade that cut the veg into strips.
Another thing to look for is what size strips the spiralizer cuts. Some basic ones can only cut small veggies into a single thickness of spirals, but the best spiralizers come with several options, from thin noodles to wide spiral strips.
Also most spiralizers leave a “chef’s bonus”: a long, thin core from the centre of the veg that doesn’t get cut. Much as it’s nice to nibble these as you cook, it’s worth looking for a machine that spiralizes as much of the veg as possible – with thin vegetables like carrots, a wide core going uncut feels like a waste.
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Our top-rated spiralizer is decent value and cuts beautifully fine 1.5mm noodles while leaving a very small 0.5mm diameter core.
GEFU Spiralfix Spiral Cutter – £39.95
This excellent spiralizer is the most compact one we’ve tested, making it a great option if you’re tight on cupboard and kitchen counter space.
Hemsley & Hemsley Spiralizer – £29.95
An effective, and slightly cheaper option – we liked how steady it remains while spiralizing your veg. It won’t move around on you.
An outstanding spiralizer in most respects, and it’s used in YO! Sushi restaurants around the world – it has a fine pedigree. It's rather expensive, but if you want the finest, slimmest veggie noodles possible, take a look.
Microplane Spiral Cutter – £10
This is a somewhat limited spiralizer, but it's also very cheap. It's worth considering if you just want to try the idea out, but you'll want to upgrade if you want to do it often.
Lurch Spiralo Spiralizer – £20
Costs as much as other models, but a pain to use. This model is best avoided.