MIU France Plastic Spiral Slicer
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- Makes long continuous strands out of a variety of vegetables
- Great for garnishing
- Constructed of durable ABS plastic
- Clear plastic catch tray
- Stainless steel blade
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The Spiral Slicer from MIU France creates long strands or continuous ribbons from a variety of vegetables. The Spiral Slicer lets you quickly create decorative garnishes, toppings for pizza, spaghetti from squash or onion rings for frying. Can slice to a thickness of 1mm. The possibilities are endless. Constructed of durable ABS plastic with a stainless steel blade and clear catch tray. Top rack dishwasher safe. Item #90003
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This makes 2 types of cuts, a "ribbon" cut and a "shred" cut. You can also make various slices and cubes by making cuts in the vegetable before inserting into the slicer.
I love to mix raw carrot shreds (much longer and thinner than pre shredded bagged stuff you can buy), I think of it as carrot "angel hair" with cucumber ribbon, and other shreds like daikon and jicama for veggie "pasta salads". Steamed zucchini, carrot, and parsnip shreds make a great substitute for pasta with tomato sauce.
If these are things you think you'll eat a lot and you like gadgets, this is a good buy. If you're looking to make perfect fancy garnishes, this isn't as precise as the expensive model spiral slicers. (or as versatile, I think some of the $250 models make more different sizes of shreds.)
Note on using it: read the instructions. You need to cut the ends of the vegetable even to get good shreds, and you need to apply steady downward pressure to the handle while turning, or you wont get long continuous ribbons or shreds. If this kind of thing is not instinctive to you, it may take some practice. Don't give up afer your first try, buy a big bag of carrots and practice the rotation/pressure to get it right.
So far it has cleaned up really well and pretty quickly, but you'll want to rinse it right after use because veggie matter does stick in the "shreds" blade and if it dries could be a pain to clean out. (carrots will stain the white plastic part orange, but it doesn't hurt it any.)
I love it and use it almost every day, but I wouldn't call it a "must have" for everyone. If you're not really excited about the prospect of shredded veggies for a salad or veggies as an alternative to pasta, you probably would not use it much.
if you could adjust the thickness of the ribbons/shreds and it were a teensy bit sturdier, I'd give this five stars.
As to the reviewer who could not produce julienne, here is a tip: the julienne blade has a small arm on the side and may need to be flipped up. That arm is small and sturdy. Flip up for julienne. Flip down for plain spiral slices.
The amount of pressure which must be used to operate the slicer is minimal. Just enough to rotate the handle with moderate firmness is sufficient.
Some of my favorite combinations are: (1) zucchini with feta cheese and a touch of pesto, with any other ingredients which appeal to you; (2) cucumber with sour cream, which takes care of the slightly more watery nature of a cucumber. I cut the julienne with kitchen shears so that I don't have to deal with long strips -- just random snips in the bowl to make eating convenient.
There isn't a much better way to get through hot weather because these salads can be prepared in minutes and have an addictive fresh taste.
One of my best food preparation device purchases in a long time!
The piece of information I was looking for was if it was dishwasher safe. The information was in picture form also on the bottom of the box.
I tested it with a zucchini. Because of the height of the top part of the container, you have to cut your veggies to about 5 inches. The ribbons were nice, the angel hair was thinner than I expected. Both settings worked well.
I was hoping to copy an onion ring recipe I had at a restaurant in Maine, but I think the angel hair setting will be too thin.
The box shows veggies that can be used, it also shows a lemon. Not sure how the lemon would fare.
After reading that one of the reviewer's had a piece of metal tooth fall into his food, I'm going to be very cautious to watch for that.
Amazon of course was awesome in the ordering and shipping. Would have kept prime if they had the option to spread out the 80 dollar fee. All at once just isn't any good for someone who had lost their job.