KitchenAid has introduced a new spiralizer attachment for its popular stand mixer that gives home cooks fresh new ways to get creative with fruits and vegetables.
“The spiralizer is powered by the KitchenAid stand mixer and operates virtually hands-free, simplifying the process of fixing a quick and healthy meal,” said Beth Robinson, senior brand experience manager for KitchenAid. “Whether putting a healthy twist on a traditional recipe, or creating something completely original, the spiralizer gives cooks more ways to make delicious meals with fresh produce.”
I had the opportunity to see the spiralizer in action at a breakfast event in the “World Of Whirlpool” Design Center along Chicago’s River North Neighborhood. After perusing the historical displays from KitchenAid’s storied past, I attentively watched the demonstrations of several new KitcheAid products in the test kitchen of this lovely facility.
I had been testing a manual spiralizer from another manufacturer, so the KitchenAid attachment was of real interest now that I understood some of the operational frustrations.
Featuring five blades with up to nine combinations of spiralizing, slicing, peeling and coring, the attachment offers a wide array possibilities for fruit and vegetable preparation.
Many look at these vegetable presentations as a “healthy” alternative to flour based pasta, but I don’t see pasta as evil so that isn’t a selling point for me. However, the noodle-like vegetables are a quick way to create truly healthy and delicious food.
Of the included blades, a fine spiral blade turns vegetables, such as zucchini or squash, into thin, noodle-like strands. A medium blade spiralizes potatoes for casseroles and potato pancakes, cucumbers for fresh garden rolls or radishes for bright, seasonal garnishes. Separate slicing blades can be used for creating spirals of fresh fruits or vegetables with little to no cores, such as sweet potatoes, or those with larger cores, including apples and pears.
Unlike most manual spiral cutting tools, KitchenAid’s design allows you to use a combination of accessories, so that the attachment can perform several functions at once, including peeling, slicing and coring most fruits and vegetables.
The spiralizer features durable metal construction and a storage case for convenient organization of both the unit and its dishwasher-safe accessories.
If there is one thing I have learned when using spiral cutters, the vegetables or fruits need to be fairly thick in diameter to stay attached and work effectively. No skinny carrots the size of your fingers, you would need a really thick beast for these types of tools to work well.
Having said that, those looking to eat more vegetables will enjoy the variety of shapes and sizes you can create using a spiral cutter like this. The thinly cut fruits and veggies cook quickly or can be seasoned and eaten with minimal cooking, maximizing the nutrient content.
An attachment style spiralizer such as this eliminates one frustration of manual versions – two handed operation. The mixer running on slow speed will allow you to have one hand free to deal with the cuttings, while making quick work of the slicing. The height of the mixer also allows more clearance off the counter for long strands of food.
Available now at Sur La Table locations, through Sur La Table’s Amazon storefront and at the beginning of August, on KitchenAid.com, the spiralizer attachment carries a suggested retail price of $129.99.