Drumroll please: first blog post! For our very first blog post I got to try out the PL8 Professional Spiralizer from Progressive & let me just say how much I loved using this product. I’m the kind of person that needs to trick themselves into eating more veggies than they actually want to, hence the spiralizer. I had every intention of cooking a dinner comprised of zoodles, but I decided to go the cucumber noodles route instead, because we at Culinary Square enjoy switching things up like that. I wanted to make a salad that was easy & refreshing.

For this recipe I chose to make an Asian inspired cucumber salad and made a serving large enough for lunch for one person. I used two (2) cucumbers, ¼ cup of sherry vinegar (although rice vinegar works great as well), 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and tossed in some sesame seeds. After the fact I had a few friends mention adding sesame oil to the mix as well, which I think sounds amazing!

Please forgive the terrible lighting in my apartment coupled with a broken camera!

Please forgive the terrible lighting in my apartment coupled with a broken camera!

First and foremost I want to stress that there was absolutely no set-up involved with this spiralizer! I repeat, no setup! All I had to do was take it out of the box, unfold the stand underneath & I was ready to take on/spiralize the world.

One of the things I really loved about this spiralizer is that rather than using plates you switch out to get a particular shape, the blades are on a carousel you rotate: thin julienne, thick julienne & ribbons. I really loved the rotating blades – they’re easy to clean and save a lot of space! All I did was wipe down the blades after spiralizing the cucumbers, but this spiralizer is dishwasher safe! For this cucumber salad I decided to use the thick julienne option. No rhyme or reason for it – I just wanted to try it out.

Another thing I find important to mention about this spiralizer is how sturdy it was. I never felt like it was going to slip out of my hands and move around my countertop. The folding stand has a rubber base that grips your countertop and there is a grip for your hand to steady the spiralizer. I’ve used spiralizers in the past that have really made me nervous I was going to spiralizer my hand, but this one was great.

I’ve also had very serious issues with space A.K.A. how much space spiralizers take up. I live in an apartment and space is at a premium so I really don’t like having things taking up tons of space in my cabinets or on my counters. This spiralizer folds in on itself so storing it with my mismatched Tupperware really isn’t that big of a deal. This definitely won’t be the last time we use this spiralizer in our kitchen!