Saturday, 8 December 2012

Weekend Cooking - Spiral Cutter

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Over  the past few weeks, I have been testing recipes from a new cookbook.  It involves a number of new-to-me techniques, one of which required the purchase of a new kitchen tool.  The Spiral Cutter.  I bought an inexpensive version from kitchenbasics.  I checked all sorts of specialty stores and kitchen suppliers, and finally found one at a shop at my local farmers market, Kitchen Help.   For a tiny shop, their shelves are jam packed with all sorts of wonderful tools and appliances for the kitchen.  They are definitely going to be my new go-to shop for unique tools.


So what can I do with my new spiral cutter.  For the most part, it has two cutting styles that appeal to me.  One, I can cut long, very thin vegetable spirals.  The carrot on the left of the plate is wafer thin. Would make a  great edible garnish. Children will gladly eat their veggies when cut like this.  With the simple flip of a lever, it turns those spirals into long skinny strips.  I tried carrots, parsnips and zucchini and all cut very well.  Some of the zucchini strips were over two feet long.  I am planning on trying beets and whatever other firm vegetable I can find.   I next marinated these spiral cut vegetables in a dressing of olive oil and red wine vinegar with a dash of salt and fresh ground black pepper.  Very tasty and fresh.
 
I am looking forward to using this tool to help with the preparation of several of the recipes from my new book.  This would be a great addition to a vegetarian or raw foodie's kitchen.  Also for gluten free kitchens, you could make alternates to traditional flour paste, substituting long strands of zucchini.
 
 
 
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11 comments:

Joy said...

That's a new tool to me. It looks like a fun way to be creative with vegetables!

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

My sister-in-law would love this gadget; thanks for the idea.

Beth F said...

This looks like fun! I'd love to make zucchini spirals to use instead of regular pasta. And I agree, pickles and garnishes come to mind.

Carole said...

Looks great. Have a super weekend.

Janel Gradowski said...

What a fun gadget. I've seen many recipes with vegetable "spaghetti" made by using this kind of tool.

Rebecca said...

I have never used a spiral cutter but it looks like it could save a lot of time while also helping create lovely looking dishes. Thanks for sharing!
Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

Cecelia said...

I love the sound of the salad you made - sometimes all it takes is repackaging a food you already know to make something wonderful!

Pierce said...

Oh...now I want that kitchen gadget more than anything! I have never seen one before. Very cool!

Carol said...

It's a fun gadget! Looks like you'll get a lot of use from it.

Angela said...

Oh how fun!

winstonsdad said...

my mum had a mounlieux metal grater shredder years ago this looks useful she used it all the time ,all the best stu