I don't know about you, but I'm a pasta lover - all the way. Me and pasta are best friends.
(Okay, you grammar Nazis - don't correct me!)
Well, all right. Pasta and I are best friends. Is that better? ☺
The problem is, I really shouldn't eat pasta, not since I began eating a low-carb eating plan (Trim Healthy Mama). And one of my daughters cannot eat gluten, so that makes pasta almost out of the question for her.
Sure, there are other gluten-free alternatives, but they definitely are not insulin-friendly or for those who are trying to lose weight. Even my favorite Dreamfields Pasta? Well, their company has changed their tune, and it is no longer being promoted as a low-glycemic pasta.
After learning about the changes with Dreamfields Pasta and realizing my daughter needed to eat gluten-free, I began to look into other options. Someone on Facebook mentioned spiral slicers, and that piqued my interest.
Well, when I start researching something, I learn all kinds of things! ☺ I've learned that there are several types of spiral slicers, whose purpose is to slice vegetables into pasta strands for those who cannot eat pasta or are looking for healthier options.
There are the cone spiral slicers, like the Brieftons Spiral Slicer, below - and I get to give one away this week! Click on the Rafflecopter entry form below, or if you are reading this in your email, please click over to the post to enter or click on the link below that says "a Rafflecopter giveaway.”
You'll also commonly find what I call the "tabletop" style and the "covered pot" style of veggie spiral slicers. Each type has their advantages and disadvantages.
I've personally used two types of spiral slicers so far: the Brieftons "cone" Spiral Slicer, and another brand's "covered pot" style of spiral slicer.
Since I'm giving away one of Brieftons' "cone" type of spiral slicer, I'm mainly going to let you know how well this product works.
The Brieftons Spiral Slicer is inexpensive (under $13) and easy to use. It is small and takes up very little room in a kitchen drawer or cupboard. Nice!
The Brieftons Spiral Slicer, like other cone-style spiral slicers, is used much like a pencil sharpener, where the veggie is the "pencil", and the slicer is the "sharpener". After washing off your veggies or fruits such as carrots, potatoes, turnips, rutabagas, zucchinis, cucumbers, large radishes, apples, squash, pears, etc., peel off the skin if necessary or desired. Straight and firm vegetables and fruits work best with this type of spiral slicer.
Use one hand to hold the spiral slicer's stainless steel handles. Use the other hand to carefully insert your veggie into the spiral slicer's "cone", making sure that the vegetable stays straight in the middle of the cone. Twist it in with moderate pressure to create long strands of the vegetable or fruit.
When the size of the vegetable or fruit becomes shorter, use the provided "end cap" to attach to the end of the vegetable. This will help you to process the whole vegetable - or most of it.
Oh, and the Brieftons Spiral Slicer has two different julienne sizes on it: 1/16" x 3/32" (2 x 3 mm) and 1/8" x 3/16" (3.5 x 5 mm). These sizes aren't marked on the cones themselves, but by glancing at the spacing between the blades on each side, it's evident which side is which.
If you're more of a visual learner, you may watch the video, below, on how to use the Brieftons Spiral Slicer:
For best results when using the Brieftons Spiral Slicer:
Note: If you are left handed, you can still use the Brieftons Spiral Slicer the following way:
This video, below, demonstrates how to clean the cone-types of spiral slicers:
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Let's give away one brand new Brieftons Spiral Slicer!
Entrants must be 18 years or older; only U.S. residents are eligible to enter this giveaway.
I would love to be able to make carrot noodles to begin with. I'm sure my mind would go crazy after that. My son and his family are completely gluten-free and it would be nice to be able to cook a meal for them.
I have been wanting to get one if these! Would love to win!
I used a hand cranked one years ago when everyone was eating raw. It did not work at all! If it worked good, I'd love to make zucchini noodles.
Would love to try this out! Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win it!
I'd love to have one of these!
I've often wondered if these "gadgets" actually worked. Dr. told me I needed to be GF a few months ago (NOT an easy feat being married to an amazing baker!)... Now that I know these things actually work, I see a bright future ahead! Thanks, Julieanne!
Btw, I, too am quite distraught over the whole Dreamfields thing. :(
Would love to win, I have been looking up new recipes since I am now also gluten free and I saw one for zoodles :)
I have not used a spiral-slicer yet. I almost ordered one from Pampered Chef but just couldn't afford it at the moment. Would be so great to have for THM meals!
I have never used a spiral-slicer before but I would love to try it! I love Italian style sauces, but I haven't been cooking some of my favorites lately because I don't eat the pasta that is typically paired with them. This would be a great pasta replacement!
Thank you for the giveaway! Oh how I'd love to win! :)
I have been wanting to try substituting noodles for zucchini, etc...this will help me do it and not just talk about it! 😇
i would love to be able to make veggie noodles. We always have an over abundance of zucchini from our garden and this would be a great tool and a different way to use them upl
I am on THM and would love to be able to spiralize veggies to use in different ways. Thanks for offering this giveaway.
I've never used one but would love to so I dont have to eat spaghetti squash all the time :)
No I have never used a spiral slicer before but I've been wanting to get one to make spiral healthy sweet potatoe fries!! I sure hope I win!!
I have used a "thing" that looks like a peeler (like you use to take off the skins of potatoes or carrots) that makes the veggie into small noodle like shreds. However, I have been looking at these spiral slicers and thought they looked like a better size and method for veggie noodles. :)
I have a mandolin that makes short "noodles", but a spiral slicer would probably be safer for my fingers :P
I've never used one but I'd love to make zucchini noodles. I follow the THM eating plan so this would be great to have, especially since I've removed Dreamfields pasta from my diet.
What a great giveaway!!
I have never used a spiral slicer but am also doing THM, so no pasta for me! It would be fun to try this!
Would love to win this... have never tried the 'veggie' noodles
This would be perfect for paleo pasta!
This is so neat! I've been trying to use my cheese shredder on zucchini because I was desperate to make veggie noodles but unable to buy any expensive equipment for it.
I would love to try one of these! Always looking for more way to get me and my family to eat more veggies!
I would like to have one because I would finally like to start making veggie pasta. I started THM beginning of July, and I have had lots of konjac noodles and some low carb pasta, but I have yet to make veggie pasta. Would VERY MUCH like to.
I have not used one yet but I am thinking of getting one so that I can use veggies for my pasta replacement
Thank you for this opportunity! Have wanted to get one of these to help my THM lifestyle :)
I would love to win! I've only been able to make large flat veggie noodles with a peeler, but would love to make these and introduce them to my kids.
As much as I would like one, after watching the video I am afraid it would be painful for my arthritic hands. How do you feel about the other types you have in your article? Would any of them be easier for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Lori, I haven't tried the "tabletop" style of spiral slicer, but I'm thinking that might be a bit easier on the hands. The "cone" type of spiral slicer requires turning and squeezing with both hands, and that might be uncomfortable for you. The "cooking pot" type of spiral slicer requires squeezing two handles together firmly while turning a knob. It also requires quite a bit of turning and squeezing.
I've been wanting to try one of these since another THM'er mentioned it in a posting awhile back! Haven't been able to talk the hubby into yet....
I try to eat low carb. This would be very handy to make zoodles!
I have never used one, but I think it would make dinner super easy by adding spiral veggies to everything!
I would like this to make THM recipes.
I've never tried one, but with my family of 12 needing to be gluten free, it would be a major blessing!
It would make my life so much easier since I wouldn't have to hand do this!!!!!
I Love THM...and this would make it even more fun!!
I've not tried one but would love one to try.
I have never used this before but would love to give it a try. Always looking for healthier alternatives
I have never used one but since starting THM I have cut all almost all pasta and this would be great to have!
I've been wanting to try one of these!
This would be great to help me on my THM journey!!!!
I've used an attachment for my kitchen aid mixer for slicing but this little gadget seems much easier than hooking my big mixer up!
I'd use it to stay on plan!!!
Would love to win this! New to THM and looking for ways to easily make the switch!
I haven't used a spiral slicer before but sure do want one :) Thanks for the giveaway.
I love pasta too, but realize it isn't the healthiest. I've been using zucchini in place of it so I think this spiral slicer would be very helpful. Thanks!
I have never used one but would like to now that I'm on THM!
I haven't tried it.
I'd like to try zucchini noodles.
I have never used one, but I would love to try zucchini noodles in place of regular noodles in recipes....
I keep looking at these. Would love to win one and try lots of new ideas with it!
I just tried one for the first time this week when I borrowed my sisters'! I love the possibilities for "noodles" - fellow Trim Healthy Mama here! :)
I have never used one before; but as of late I've seen so many good (and healthy) recipes using these that I want one for myself!
I have one that doesn't work so great, so I hope to try this one! I've not heard of this brand before! Thanks!
I have never used a spiral cutter before but it would make THM even better if I could have "pasta" once in awhile :)
I'd love one! Much better than having veggies grated all the time.
Pasta is something I really miss! Not sure about the Dreamfields, but would love to try spiral slicing zucchini for noodles!
Since I'm gluten free would be wonderful to take vegies to make noodles etc.
I haven't tried one, but would like to use it for carrots for salads and zucchini.
I haven't used one yet but I'm dying to try one!
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