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Spiraliser, courgette
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Spiralisers are the latest kitchen gadget that have become very popular.

Do you have one? Do you use it?

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I have been interested in spiraliser a for a while now. I first saw one at a baking show last year and bought it, but found it incredibly hard to use and gave up. I then saw a table top version in a shop that was giving a demonstration. I tried to use it, but it turns out that it was not suitable for left-handers. I consigned myself to the fact that I just wasn't able to use one. But then I saw a handheld one that came with a money back guarantee if I didn't like it. I bought it, tried it, and love it. I use it so regularly now. The key is finding one that works for you.
So third time (very) lucky Bryony?! Good on you for persevering!
by Miro
I haven't got one, but I'd like one. I've eaten "zoodles" (noodles made from zucchini) and I enjoyed them.
We call it courgetti for spaghetti made from courgettes.
Yes I do -in fact i have just received a different one that I ordered from china.
I tend however, not to use them often as they are really a hassle to clean.
by Finy
Yes, anything with little corners where food and get trapped are always a pain to clean.
it gets stuck under the blades and almost impossible to get to them depending which one it is...
by Finy
Thats not a word thats even in my vocabulary. Looks interesting, may try it if I see one.
A spiraliser is a type of grater/peeler that turns the vegetable around as it is peeling, and thus turning it into spirals. You can get hand held and table top versions.
I soooo badly want one!
No. That's one thing I don't need. Something that I use a couple of times and then find in the back of the drawer gathering dust in a few years. Sounds like a big waste of money to me.
No I don't have 1, so I don't know if I'd like 1 or not. It would depend on the price. I bought a footpath about 10yeras ago, because I said to my self I had to have 1, & I'll always use it, & how wonderful it would be to use 1, & I haven't even used it once !
by Miro
I've seen them priced between £9-£30, which I think is $18-$60.
I was very inspired to buy on and saw one on sale in the big supermarket here, in the "burbs" in Melbourne for $8. It was a hand twirler one in green. You could Google the one I mean. I got out the zucchini and carrot to test. The carrot spat out irregular chunks of grated carrot and the effort to turn it with the carrot in was a huge effort and difficult. So I wrestled the carrot out and thought seeing the zucchini was soft then turning etc would be a breeze. It was a disaster! It's hot mangled up and the only thing I saw was the irregular grated zucchini bit's. I returned it. Since then there are heaps to choose from with one costing $69! Most are around $30 it seems which all look the same except one which looks like how you mince things and it has 4 different blades to use and you use a handle but make sure it's got suction thingies on the 4 feet or you might scream. I use a potato peeler but of course it doesn't twirl or spiral. I'm still looking but you have to have strong hands and wrists and patience. :-)
Oh I forgot to add I returned the spiraling next day, with no issues. I wanted it to work so much ...oh well.
by summer
You definitely need a strong grip to use one, but the quality does vary quite significantly with different models.
I find this kitchen tool particularly fascinating! Seeing people use it on TV makes it look so easy! So I finally went out and bought one for myself. I tried to make zucchini spaghetti and failed miserably! Not sure what I was doing wrong but it just didn't work!
I have never had a problem with courgette, but other vegetables - sweet potatoes in particular - do require a lot of muscle put into it. It can also depend on the spiraliser; I went through three before finding one I could use.

Are you left handed? I am and that is one of the reasons I had difficulty with some models.
I've never even heard of a spiraliser but I'm not big on kitchen gadgets. I still mash potatoes with a fork and drain saucepans by angling their lids across the lip of the pan.
Yes Gayle, I also drain my spuds your way, but I use a 'masher' to mash the spuds. 'Our' draining way, saves washing up a sieve/calendar, if 1 doesn't have a dishwasher, (like us!)
by Miro
I haven't used one. And, to be honest, I don't even know what they look like.
by Vee
Most of them are quite unremarkable, Vee, sort of like a thin cylinder.
by Rice
I imagine they wouldn't be easy to clean.
by Vee
I like the idea but I just know I would not be able to drive it. The other day I could not even get a panadol out of the foil :(
by Rice
After reading everyone else answers about them, I think I'll give it a miss buying 1. They just seem like too much hard work, for a rather lazy person like me!
by Miro
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