Unitasker Wednesday: The Spiralizer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Although I don’t own a food processor, I can see why people do. With all the various blade attachments, they can do everything from finely chopping nuts to creating julienne and ribbon cut vegetables to mixing pie doughs. They grate cheese and mix dry ingredients superbly. Most of my friends use theirs to make fresh and fancy baby foods and curly fries for their kids. I’ve even seen models that have blender attachments. Food processors are great multitasking appliances if you have the space for them in your kitchen.

What is not a great multitasking appliance is this week’s unitasker selection, The Spiralizer:

The Spiralizer is for all those times you only want to cut your vegetables into neat looking ribbons. Which, unless you have some kind of specialty restaurant that exclusively serves ribbon-cut vegetables, I assume would be pretty rarely used in the average home. But, let’s say your kid will only eat ribbon-cut vegetables for some reason (mine only eats carrots that are julienned, so I get it), for the amount of space it takes up, I’d just get a food processor that ribbon-cuts vegetables and also does so many more things — this single-purpose device is enormous:

(In comparison, the Vegetable Twister Garnish Processing Device unitasker looks downright tiny.)

I like the name, though: The Spiralizer. It sounds like a futuristic or alien weapon. Marvin the Martian would most certainly have a Spiralizer!

24 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: The Spiralizer”

  1. posted by Logan on

    I own one of these. They are great if you are making ‘pasta’ out of zucchini or other vegetables. The alternative to doing that is cutting it with a knife very finely but you won’t get the long pasta look.

  2. posted by Kathy on

    We have a small hand held version that takes up a lot less space. We use it 2-3 times a week because we don’t eat grain-based pasta. For us and I am sure many others it is not just for decorative use. It is a lot quicker than finely julienning a zucchini or sweet potato and the results compare more to wheat pasta.

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    I’ve seen food processors that can make “pasta” out of vegetables, and, like Kathy said, there are small hand-held versions that would work in my kitchen. A simple search for “serrated peeler” pulls up a half dozen or more on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obi.....tterer-20/

  4. posted by Lora on

    This is a “required” appliance in a raw vegan kitchen. It takes an enormous effort to spiral cut enough calories worth of zucchini to make a meal for one person- let alone a family- with a garnishing tool. Zucchini pasta with a nut based sauce is the “mac and cheese” of the raw vegan world.–But there is plenty of room to store it-without pots and pans, microwaves, toasters, and all that.

  5. posted by Adrienne on

    I use my spiralizer all the time. I’m not going to stand there with a $20.00 gadget and do it by hand. And I don’t want a big very expensive food processor cluttering up my kitchen.

  6. posted by Abigail on

    This is actually an excellent tool for those wanting to make pasta out of veggies. Fine chopping and shredding-grating often makes zucchini for example into a watery mush. Not a useless gadget. But if you’re a minimalist, you’re probably not eating homemade veggie “pasta” anyway.

  7. posted by Tabitha on

    I have to say I normally love these unitasker posts. So hilarious! But this is the one time, I actually like the device. I decided on the smaller version of this, like the link you added in, the small twisting version of this. I can no longer eat pasta, and this has been a lifesaver for me. I miss it quite a lot, but having the zucchini version I make with this tool keeps my tummy happy. I’ve served it to many guests, and the all rave about it. I tried using my food processor once, and it turned out a pathetic product that didn’t come close to mimicking pasta.

  8. posted by Andrea on

    This is one unitasker that is so useful if you have diet limitations. I have to disagree on this one. To those of us who cannot/do not eat “regular” pasta, this is a lifesaver.

  9. posted by Edna Walker on

    I bought a spiralizer with a handle, capable of making short work out of four or more zucchines. i love it!! With Spaghetti sauce, you can’t tell the difference and you can eat two bowls full and not feel stuffed. I want to try it out on eggplant and also make salads out of cucumber and apple. I don’t think the little gadget is going to have a moments rest!

  10. posted by Angie on

    All these comments make me want to buy one and make veggie pasta. I had no idea this could be done. It sounds yummy and maybe my kids won’t notice it’s not regular pasta.

  11. posted by Hilde on

    There is a hand-held tool called “Spirelli” which works like a giant pencil sharpener – it´s really quick and easy and fits in every kitchen drawer!

  12. posted by Deedee on

    @Angie: you can simply cook regular spaghetti and then mix the spiralized zucchini under it. No kid will find out :-)

  13. posted by Angela on

    Sorry, but this device is fabulous.

  14. posted by Julie on

    As an owner of this exact gadget, I have to agree with some of the above commenters. This gadget is not even in the same ball park as the other typical unitaskers. This gadget is amazing and I use it all the time.

  15. posted by Emily on

    Okay, fellow commenters, I do get that this can be a useful gadget for many people who are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or just like spirally veggies.

    But can someone please explain to me why you think this unitasker, this gadget that does one thing and one thing only, is better than a food processor?

  16. posted by Deedee on

    @Erin: If you don’t want to spend money on a food processor and anyway already have a handheld mixer and a small blender, you just get yourself a Spiralizer. At least is this is what I did….

  17. posted by JessA on

    One reason I love this gadget is that you can spiralize any size veggie, it doesn’t have to fit in the chute of a processor. This means I can make noodles out of zucchini, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips. I can buy the big oversized ones and they work great.

    Also, it was much cheaper for me to buy this on sale than a processor.

    My kids can use this where I would be worried about them using a processor.

    This actually makes three types of noodles, so it isn’t “quite” a unitasker! ;P

    For a big plastic items, this thing works like a dream – I used mine several times a week, absolutely LOVE it.

  18. posted by Dave on

    @Emily the Spiralizer is so much quieter and uses no electricity. Plus the calories you burn spiraling those zucchinis and small pumpkins through it will keep you fit, not to mention the additional fiber I now have in my diet. When I fix a large spiral veggie dinner I always sleep good. So many benefits.

  19. posted by Gypsy Packer on

    Emily, not all food processors have a spiral blade. My Hamilton Beach definitely does not, and I wrote them to request that they manufacture one as an option.
    I hate unitaskers but pasta is no longer a dietary option, so this definitely bears a second look.

  20. posted by Amanda on

    Wait, there is a food processor disc that will do this? Not just shred the vegetables into shreds, but spiralize them into longer noodles? I would LOVE that!

  21. posted by Tabitha T on

    Hey, now! I love my spiralizer. If they even make a spiral disc for my food processor it’s $50 plus shipping. My spiralizer was much less and I can do all kinds of fruits and veggies that would never fit. I for a julienne peeler and had so much I couldn’t cut up. There is a lot less waste with this dingelhopper. If you aren’t gluten free or grain free, I can see how you wouldn’t appreciate this little gem. I love being able to eat “noodles” again.

  22. posted by Lee Cockrum on

    I can’t believe that you think a food processor is an alternative to this tool. As others have mentioned, many do not have spiral cutting blades. They are also not even anywhere in the same ballpark from a cost perspective. And they take up more space, and weigh a TON!! I can totally see having this, even if I already had a food processor with the correct blade, this is much easier to pull out and use without a lot of effort, as well as someone mentioned the size restriction of the food processor chute.

  23. posted by Suzanne on

    I read this column to get ideas for things I can get rid of. Now I’m tempted to acquire one of these!

  24. posted by heather on

    Yes, I kinda want to get one too! I’m not raw vegan, but I’ve had the raw pasta a couple of times at a local raw vegan restaurant and it was so amazing. I’d love to be able to do it at home…and it’s zucchini time at the CSA! I have a couple sitting in my fridge right now…

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