TIPS AND TRICKS
HOW TO USE A SPIRALIZER
Do you want to experiment with low carb veggie noodles? Need help slicing your vegetables extra thin for salads, stir fry, pickling or slaws? With the right attachments, your KitchenAid mixer can help you get the perfect cut on your vegetables every time. Our guide can help you learn more about how to use a spiralizer and other slicing attachments so you can make delicious, healthy meals more easily.
What can you use a spiralizer for?
Your spiralizer has multiple uses depending on the blade you choose. In addition to creating thin, pasta-like strands, your spiralizer attachment can also create ribbons and peel fruits and vegetables. This versatility lends itself well to a wide range of produce, including (but not limited to):
- Butternut Squash
- Potatoes (sweet and white)
- Summer squash
Before you spiralize your produce, make sure it’s washed and properly prepared. Some general guidelines are listed below.
How to prepare food for your spiralizer
- Cut the ends off food items to ensure that the food will properly fit on the spiralizer.
- This creates a flat surface for best spiralizing, slicing, and coring results.
- Food diameter: should be 1.5 - 3.75 inches (3.81 - 9.5 cm)
- Food length: no longer than 5.5 inches (14 cm). (Cut large vegetables to fit.)
- This step also ensures proper placement onto the fruit and vegetable skewer.
Some people find it easier to insert the skewer into the vegetable before attaching the spiralizer. This is personal preference. The video below includes more information on how to attach produce to your spiralizer for the best results.
Check out more How to Use a Spiralizer Videos to get you started!
SPIRALIZING Blades and Results
EXTRA FINE SPIRALIZING BLADE
creates a 2 mm x 3 mm strand, similar to angel hair noodles.
FINE SPIRALIZNG BLADE
creates a 4 mm x 4 mm strand, similar to spaghetti.
MEDIUM SPIRALIZING BLADE
creates a 4 mm x 6 mm strand for quick and easy potatoes and zucchini in casseroles in soups.
THIN SLICING BLADE
(small core) for a 2 mm ribbon style result to make extra-thin slices for salads and other garnishes.
(small core) for a 4 mm ribbon style result with fresh fruits and vegetables with little to no cores, such as zucchini.
(large core) for a 4mm ribbon style result with fresh fruits and vegetables with larger cores, such as apples.
can be used independently or in combination with spiralizing or spiral slicing blades.
Using the blades and speeds on your spiralizer
When beginning to cut, start at the “Stir” speed, then adjust to the recommended speed for your blade listed in the chart below:
Use these parts
with these parts
|extra fine spiralizing blade||fruit and vegetable skewer and optional peeling blade||zucchini
|fine spiralizing blade||zucchini
|medium spiralizing blade||zucchini
|thin slicing blade (small core)||zucchini
|slicing blade (small core)||zucchini
|slicing blade (large core)||apple
|peeling blade||fruit and vegetable skewer||potato
Check out the tips below for information on cleaning and troubleshooting your spiralizer.
- The accessories are dishwasher safe, top rack only.
- The main body of your KitchenAid Stand Mixer should be cleaned with a warm, damp cloth.
Attachment is making a hole in the fruit or vegetable:
- Make sure that you use only fresh, hard and firm fruits and vegetables for best results.
- Make sure that the fruit or vegetable is firmly on the skewer before turning on the mixer.
- Turning the mixer on first, and allowing the blade to engage with a fruit or vegetable that is already turning can cause the food to stop turning, and allow it to "bore" a hole in the food item.
Spiralizer carriage not moving:
- Be sure to keep the bar that says KitchenAid® and the black piece that slides over it very clean.
- A drop or two of vegetable oil on the bar can also ensure it slides easily.
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