Joyce Chen 51-0662, Saladacco Spiral Slicer, White
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- Spiral food slicer; great for garnishes or Asian salads
- Quickly creates spiral strands, ribbons, or slices
- Durable plastic construction; 2 slicing variations
- Clear plastic catch tray; simple clean-up; handle keeps hands away from cutting surface
- Dishwasher-safe; 9-1/2 inches tall; comes gift-boxed
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1. It is cheap feeling.
2. You have to lop off the ends of the zuchini to make sections about 3.5" long.
3. The zuchini has to be ripe but not overly ripe.
4. The zuchini has to be straight (for best results).
5. You waste about 1/2" of the zuchini each pass.
6. The device is challenging to operate.
But all that said, it produces something that I've never seen come out of any other device. And that something has amazed many people - a fresh, light, "live" angel-hair pasta with no heat that even an insulin-dependent diabetic can eat.
It's probably not for everyone but it's one of my favorite kitchen appliances.
Update (2011): I just got a question about my Spiralizer. Both blades on mine are stainless steel. I bought it in 2005, so it's very possible they changed the design and now have a plastic toothed blade. I can't speak for the plastic model. And I second my caveats above. It's really only good for one thing: making raw pasta from ripe, but not overly ripe, zucchini. It's also not the most efficient device in my kitchen. But it gets to come out in the Summer when the zucchini are coming off the vine by the dozen.
You have your choice of either spaghetti type strands or spiral slices, but don't expect anything pretty with your spaghetti strands because your only option is a very fine tooth edged blade which creates very fine strands of mush depending on what you're cutting. However, this product does have one redeeming trait and that's with the use of the flat edged blade it does create fairly nice looking spiral slices. If you're expecting true versatility than you will have to cough up the dough as I did for "The Benriner Cooks Helper", "Benriner Cook Help" or the "Benriner Asian Sprial Slicer" (they're all the same) which gives you (3) Tooth edged blades (fine, medium and Coarse) as well as (1) flat edged blade, the size of your vegetables do still matter for cutting but you don't throw away nearly as much. Shop around for the best price!
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* has to be straight or have very little curve.
* needs to be cut into pieces 3 1/2 inches long or shorter.
* ends need to be cut perfectly straight.
* has to be perfectly centered in the spiralizer.
* needs to be locked into place, which is often a bit of a struggle.
* have to be exerting pressure as you spin the handle clockwise
* have to make sure the lever stays to the left and doesn't slide to the right as sometimes happens.
Even when all these conditions are in place, I can't always get it to work properly. Also, it's a huge struggle to get the top separated from the base when I'm doing using the spiralizer. My pieces usually come out looking like spirals that have been scored, but not cut, by the blades with occasional strands of zucchini pasta mixed in. Maybe the zucchini has to have a water content in a certain range, and Jupiter has to align with Mars?
Just as I wouldn't recommend a car that didn't start 90% of the time, I can't recommend the Joyce Chen spiralizer. The spirooli, another kitchen device which makes vegetable pasta is much more reliable and easier to use, although you need to be more careful with it because the blades are on the outside.
I've added back in one star because if you use the setting to the right for the long flat spirals, the device will work. Although you'll still likely have the struggle to lock the top in place and unlock it after use. Also, I've used friends' spiralizers that have worked fine for angel hair vegetable pasta, so I know there are some out there that work. But based on my experience with my own spiralizer, it's an overpriced piece of plastic junk.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is hands down the best spiralizer I have ever owned. Those cheap hand held ones that are everywhere these days can't hold a candle to the Saladacco Spiral Slicer (where did... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kendra P
It does get the job done, I will give you that. I found it slid on the counter too easily & had to put a rubber mat underneath to stop it from happening since it flew off the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christy
When I first bought this I could not rave about it enough, until I realized that it made extremely fine zoodles, but it was not a deal breaker for me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer