I have been loving my zucchini noodles! They are so easy to make if you have the right tools and so delicious. They are perfect for a rushed dinner, a take to work lunch or as a side with dinner… actually anytime, this morning I had them for breakfast with home-made tomato sauce and baked eggs.
I have been getting loads of questions about how I make my noodles, what gadget I use and where I got my spiralizer from. There are lots of different tools that you can use to make these yummy noodles so I thought I would clear it up for you by showing you four options.
I am going to step you through each of these four tools. Can you believe that all of these are from my own kitchen! I started with the peeler which is a great little thing to have, then my friend Angelique gave me the green hand-held spiralizer because she upgraded to a better version. Then Cameron gave me the mandolin for Mothers Day which is an amazing kitchen tool to have, especially for finely slicing vegetables. Then I loved zucchini noodles so much that I had to buy a larger spiralizer so that I could make them even better and faster! So that is the story of why I have so many of the zucchini noodle gadgets in my kitchen!
Above is a simple little julienne peeler is super easy to use and it will create string type zucchini noodles that are perfectly noodley! This peeler is also really good for peeling shreds of carrot or cucumber to include in salads or sushi rolls. This a great option because it is really easy to store and very inexpensive. You can buy them online for around $10 and they are also in kitchen stores and some supermarkets may even have them.
This wonderful tool above is a Mandolin and you can see that the zucchini noodles are similar to the ones that the julienne peeler make. So they are not the really long noodley ones but it still does a great job. The great thing about having a Mandolin is that doesn’t only make zucchini noodles but also slices any vegetable really finely which is perfect for roasting, vegetable bakes, salads, sushi … you name it! This tool costs anything from $25 – $5o online or at a kitchen store.
This is the little hand held tool above that my friend Angelique gave me. It is great because it is small but it does have it’s limitations. Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to get going, the zucchini can only be a certain size or it won’t fit down the shoot and it can be a bit tedious twisting the tool to make the noodles. In saying all of that the positive is that it makes great noodles and it is a small and affordable gadget. You can purchase these online from $18 – $30.
Now this little baby is the super star of my collection! I only got it a few weeks ago because previously I was peeling, shredding and hand noodling and I was reluctant to get yet another gadget! But I am glad I did because I love it! As you can see the downside is that it is larger so takes up more space and it’s a little more expensive. But it makes noodles in a flash and they are perfectly noodley! You can buy these online and kitchen shops for around $45 – 80. I got this one from ebay and it cost $5o. I have seen that they are stocked at Steven’s or in kitchen stores.