Spiral vegetable slicer

A table-top spiral vegetable slicer in use
Zucchini noodles prepared with a spiral slicer

Spiral vegetable slicers (also known as spiralizers) are kitchen appliances used for cutting vegetables, such as zucchinis, potatoes, cucumbers, carrots, apples, and beetroots, into linguine-like strands which can be used as an alternative to pasta.[1][2]


According to Good Housekeeping and US News, spiralizers were a hot trending item as of September 2014.[3][4] The LA Times stated that spiralizers became popular in the spring of 2014.[5] Spiralizers are especially popular among people following the Paleo diet and raw vegans.[6][7][8]


Spiralizers usually contain three blades: a round blade for spaghetti, a small flat blade for ribbons, and a large wide blade for spiral strands.[9][10] Vegetables are clamped between the blade and crank. As the handle turns with a bit of pressure, the vegetable is pressed between the turning handle and the blade, which cuts it into spirals.[11]


Spiralizers are often used to produce vegan or vegetarian meals or to make a lower-calorie or lower-carbohydrate version of a standard dish.

See also


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  2. O'Connor, Jill. "Cooking with late-summer treasures". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  3. Helm, Janet. "A New View of Vegetables: 7 Ways to Change Your Current Approach to Produce". US News. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  4. "The New Way to Make a Homemade (Healthy!) Pasta Dinner". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  5. Brown, Michael. "Experts are divided over spiralizers". LA Times. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  6. Nelson, Sara (26 August 2014). "Spiralizer: Cut Calories And Carbs With This Fun Route To Guilt-Free Veggie Pasta". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  7. Bratskier, Kate (10 April 2014). "How Zoodles And Spirals Will Change The Way You Eat Veggies". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  8. Brown, Larisa. "'Bullying Amazon copied our product, then undercut us': War of words between online retailer and family-run business which claims to hold exclusive UK rights to machine that can turn vegetables into pasta". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  9. Gale, Hannah (7 July 2014). "The Spiralizer means you can finally eat pasta and stay slim, sort of". Metro. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  10. Francis, Mandy (6 July 2014). "Kitchen gizmo that could shave pounds off you: It turns veg into guilt-free 'pasta' - but what does a real family with two hungry children make of it?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  11. Mowbray, Nicole (14 July 2014). "The spiralizer: Welcome to the latest must-have kitchen gadget". The Independent. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
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