If you haven’t heard of a spiralizer before it’s basically a kitchen contraption that allows you to turn fruit and veg into beautiful curly wurly strands – in fact it’s kind of like an adult version of a Play Doh machine! Right OK, so it’s a lot of fun and everything, but why, once we’ve had our 5 minutes of fun, would we need our food resembling a colourful birds nest?
Because it’s healthy, it makes your food taste different and it gets kids eating more of their five a day…that’s why!
I’ve wanted a spiralizer for absolutely ages; ever since I visited a friend and saw just how pretty her carrot was compared to my boring batons, so when I was sent one for review I cannot tell you how happy I was. The bodyharmonik spiralizer comes with three different blades; small noodle blade, large noodle blade and a ribbon blade, which tuck discretely into the side of the unit when not in use. This feature alone already scores highly with me, because arguably none of us need any more kitchen gadgets than we already have, but at least this one has the decency to store all of its accessories neatly away, which means you never have to waste time hunting down lost parts.
The instructions are incredibly easy to follow – simply press the suctioned feet onto a flat surface (this prevents the machine from sliding around), insert your chosen fruit or vegetable onto the tube, press the spiked disc against the other end then push and turn; it really is as simple as that!
So far I’ve used it to make the most amazing courgetti (courgette spaghetti) and carrotti (carrot spaghetti obvs!), which because they are so much finer and have a different shape, taste so much better raw and therefore retains loads more of their healthy goodness.
You can also use:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Butternut Squash
Anything that is relatively firm and won’t turn to mush when you put it through the blade, will work.
Once you’ve spiralized your vegetables you can do a whole heap of different things with it. It’s particularly good if you’re following a low carb diet, as you can ditch the pasta and replace it with vegetable spaghetti instead. It’s also great for salads, stir fries, soups, oven baked fruit jerky and perfect for turning healthy meals into artistic masterpieces that even the fussiest eater won’t be able to resist – curly haired pizza face anyone?
Now, I’m sure that there are some of you out there who are thinking “Hmmm yeah but I bet it’s a right old pain to clean” and I’ll be honest I was thinking the same, but it’s really not. I guess I was comparing it to how difficult it is to clean a juicer, which we all know is a nightmare, but although this spiralizer can’t go in the dishwasher (that would be the dream!) it does come apart very easily and is easily cleaned in warm soapy water. I had no difficulty removing any debris from the blades and it cleaned up really well. The only thing I will say is that carrots will stain the white plastic; there’s unfortunately not a lot you can do about that unless you meticulously clean it the second you’ve finished using it and quite frankly I’m all about the eating when it’s done, not the cleaning! But a carrot stained spiralizer is a used spiralizer right? And unlike other kitchen gadgets, I’m certain the bodyharmonik spiralizer will remain on my worktop ready to be used on an almost daily basis, rather than gathering dust at the back of the cupboard with the sandwich toaster and the waffle maker!
*Product gifted for review