Play With Your Veggies! Benriner Spiral Vegetable Slicer

Say hello to our latest gadget obsession!

From the same people who make our favorite mandoline, this counter-top device holds vegetables firmly in place while you turn the crank to slice them into spirals. Zucchini, beets, potatoes, carrots, and other hard vegetables are all fair game here.

Do we need to spiral-cut our veggies into thin shoe-strings? ...No. But do we want to? ...Oh, yes!

Light salads of raw squash ribbons and mixed-vegetable coleslaws have put in frequent appearances at our table this summer. Curly ribbons would put a fun new twist on those dishes. (Not to mention homemade curly fries, anyone?!)

I also wonder if spiral-cut vegetables would hold up to pickling. Those would make fantastic toppings for burgers and other sandwiches later this winter.

On the "con" side, this gadget is fairly single use and it's shape makes it awkward to store. Unless you regularly eat a lot of raw foods in your diet, I wonder how much play-time this would get once the summer produce and our desire for fresh cool salads starts to wane.

Has anyone tried this spiral slicer? What do you think?

Find It! Benriner Cook Help Spiral Vegatable Slicer, $39 from Amazon

Related: Simple Appetizer: Raw Veggies with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

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