Have you heard of Zoodles? Of course you have. Better question: Are you curious why all the health conscious, sophisticated eaters are obsessed with the canned pasta shaped like little animals we craved as kids?
Ohhhhh. Zoodles aren’t nursery food anymore. Nowadays, everyone—and we mean everyone healthy and knowledgeable—is touting the joys of Zucchini Noodles. And we want in.
After some poking around, we discovered that in order to get in on the Zoodle action, we need a Spiralizer. But which should we buy? We’re lazy you see, and most of the options we see around are the manual type that take a lot of work. Then we found it: the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Spiralizer. And we’ve been happily making ribbons, spirals, and grated things ever since.
WHY YOU NEED A HAMILTON BEACH 3-IN-1 SPIRALIZER
If you haven’t already been on the hunt for a spiralizer, you will be after reading this post. Spiralizing is such a fun way to add fresh vegetables and fruits into your diet that once you start, you can’t stop. Imagine the possibilities! Replace the pasta under your marinara with noodles made from zucchini. Add ribbons of apples to your oatmeal. Make a delightful snack of sweet potato curly fries. Get rid of your box grater and have freshly grated cheese at your fingertips.
But there are so many spiralizers out there. How do you choose? What makes this one special? We’d say that—besides the three easily exchangeable blades for grating, spiralizing and ribbon-making—it’s the 2-speed motorized slicer that operates with just the touch of a button.
Plus, it’s idiot-proof. If you can use your trusty hand blender, you can use this.
How Does it Work?
Spiralizers, traditionally manual, work like a pencil sharpener. The raw vegetable is placed in the chamber and pushed through the slicer with an attachment or hand crank. Most come with different blades, including graters, so you can mix up the widths and shapes of your spirals. The Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Spiralizer is electric, which means no more cranking. You just plug it in with the extra long 5-foot cord, press the button, and go. The 200 watts of power make meals fast and the appliance is easy to take apart and clean.
Want to give the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Spiralizer a whirl? Enter below to win one, and then make this delicious spicy cucumber salad. We think it’s just the ticket for holiday entertaining.
SPICY CUCUMBER SALAD
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 6 medium cucumbers
- 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1 cup chopped fresh dill
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Using the ribbon disc, add one piece of cucumber to food chamber. Process until completely sliced. Repeat process with remaining cucumbers. In a large bowl, add cucumbers, onion and dill.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper and red pepper to a rolling boil.
Stir and pour vinegar mixture over cucumbers. Stir mixture until well blended. Cool at room temperature.
Cover and refrigerate overnight for flavors to blend.
Recipe & photos courtesy of Hamilton Beach