Kitchen hacks / How to make coodles without a spiralizer

Last week Rosie of The Londoner (the first blog I ever followed and my inspiration to start blogging!) posted a recipe for Lemon, Tomato and Feta Coodles. If the pictures weren’t enough to sell this recipe to me, the combination of lemon, garlic, tomatoes and feta surely did.

However the recipe calls for a spiralizer and I don’t own one.

Kitchen hacks to save your pennies / How to make coodles without a spiralizer

If you don’t know what a spiralizer is – where the heck have you been? I’m joking of course, but seriously it’s the hottest kitchen gadget trend right now.
Why? Well it transforms raw vegetables into long thin spirals which you can use as a substitute for pasta. Courgettes, for example, become ‘coodles’ (like noodles – geddit?). This makes it perfect for those looking for filling meals that are lighter on the carbs or with particular dietary needs.

There are some cheaper spiralizers on the market, but most decent ones retail from about £20 upwards. Now I LOVE my kitchen gadgets and am always on the lookout for things to make life a little bit easier or faster. However I already have a little gadget at home that makes a very decent dupe for the spiralizer, so I have decided to save my pennies (and cupboard space) this time.

What’s my secret saviour?

Drum roll please….

The humble julienne peeler!

Kitchen hacks to save your pennies / How to make coodles without a spiralizer
I will admit that it doesn’t make the same long curling spirals, but I don’t think that there’s any extra nutritional value in your veggies being a bit rounder and longer, rather than thin and straight! And you can judge for yourself on appearance – I don’t think the results are too shabby…
Kitchen hacks to save your pennies / How to make coodles without a spiralizer
I bought my julienne peeler at the Good Food Show in a trio from Kisag. They cost £12.95 in total, but you can buy one individually for £4.95, or Lakeland’s version is £3.49.
All you have to do is run the peeler along your vegetable and voila – long thin strips!

I am happy to report that Rosie’s recipe was as delicious as it sounded, so I’ll be giving some of her other spiralized veg recipes a try now too… with my humble peeler!

Kitchen hacks to save your pennies / How to make coodles without a spiralizer

So go ahead – pick up a peeler and give coodles a whirl! (Pun intended).

Kitchen hacks to save your pennies / How to make coodles without a spiralizer

 

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