So you just got a spiralizer – or maybe you’ve had one for a while – but aren’t too sure how to use it! You’ve come to the right place to learn how to use a spiralizer.
If you can’t see the slideshow above or want more detailed notes, here are the steps to learn how to use a spiralizer using a hand crank spiralizer:
STEP 1: Check for size of vegetable.
- Vegetable should be 2″ or larger in diameter for smooth continous noodles
- Anything smaller will result in half-moon shaped noodles or sliced veggies (which serves a purposes as well, depending on what you’re making)
STEP 2: Cut both ends off of vegetable and peel if necessary
- TIP: Cut ends off prior to peeling to save time
- Cut both ends off completely straight so that the vegetable can lay flush with the spiralizer (for better grip)
STEP 3: Secure vegetable at both ends, centered into the spikes.
- Make sure the spikes have a good grip on the vegetable by pressing firmly into the fleshy end
STEP 4: Center other end of vegetable in metal beanie.
- This will help secure the vegetable and create long noodles. If the vegetable isn’t balanced on the beanie, it is more likely to slip off or create irregular shaped noodles.
STEP 5: Secure spiralizer into a flat surface by pressing down on the suction cups
- Press suction cups down into surface to create tension. Easy them off when done spiralizing. This helps you create stronger, thicker, noodles which is especially valuable when spiralizing more difficult veggies like celeriac and rutabaga.
STEP 6: Use turn crank to spiralize. Apply pressure to lower lever to control thickness of noodle.
- Apply pressure to lower lever in direction of blades to create thicker noodles or to help cut through difficult vegetables. Enjoy!
Additional Tips in Learning How to Use a Spiralizer:
- Use the 6mm blade for tougher vegetables (like celeriac)
- Always cut the ends before peeling – saves time!
- Cut vegetables over 12″ in half
- Choose vegetables that are as straight as possible.
- If you DO have a curve vegetable, cut it in half to reduce the curve and spiralize in two parts
- Take precaution when spiralizing watery veggies like cucumber and zucchinis – these veggies are a little higher maintenance and should be added to dishes last to avoid getting “soggy”
Now that you know how to use a spiralizer, check out the assortment of fruits and vegetables you can spiralize – What Can I SpiralizeOther how to use a spiralizer to make things other than noodles! Ready to learn how to make spiralized rice?