View Full Version : Spiral Slicer going downhill
01-20-2006, 09:08 PM
Has anyone noticed that their spiral slicer stops working well after a while? I bought one in December and have used it a few times (less than 10). I don't make veggie noodles often, but when I do I really like butternut squash - but the spiral slicer won't spiralize it anymore - too much pressure and it just slices, but any less and the top won't grip. It still works well for zucchini, but the squash is a bust. Any suggestions? :D
01-20-2006, 10:27 PM
Hello fellow Canuck!
I too have the spiralizer and love zucchini noodles best...however, I have stopped using the spiralizer because it just isn't consistent and I like my noodles thicker. It tends to make little noodles that are watery...soooo...
I use my regular veggie peeler!!! It's great! I love the noodles it creates....like fettucini noodles! Try it out...you'll love it!
Oh, great! That's discouraging to hear. I just bought that thing, and it hasn't arrived yet. I was really looking forward to it, and now I hear it's a bust.
But what brand names have you been using? Maybe certain brands are better quality than others. I want to buy a spriral slicer as well!! Help!
01-21-2006, 05:38 PM
Hey All- the spiral slicer still works for the zucchini, but I find that it hasn't retained the power to handle the squash. I think the blades may have dulled???? I have the Joyce Chen slicer - it was pretty cheap - 20 dollars canadian (16-17 bucks american).......but I am hesitant to buy another brand, since they may all be the exact same thing. Does anyone own a really heavy-duty steel spiralizer??????? (or one that my squash won't destroy anyway) :D
01-22-2006, 06:47 AM
I have a Joyce Chen, cost $30 and still works perfectly after 5 years of almost daily use.
Blades very sharp, and makes tiny baby noodels out of the toughest beet or squash, it could be operator error, or it could be that you got a dud, either way, I would keep using it.
I had a friend who is very intelligent, buy one, and she could never get it to work, but after seeing Alissa's DVD, she finally realized what SHE had been doing incorrectly, and now it works just fine, and she loves it.
So, you may choose to see if it works better for someone else, or maybe watch Alissa's DVD and see if you have to do something different to get it to work.
But to answer your OP, my Joyce Chen works just fine after 4 years, of constant use, and I use it often and alot and hard, and with hard veggies.
01-22-2006, 08:59 AM
Some spiral slicers come with a small defect---the blade is in upside down!! Just use a screwdriver to take it out, turn it over and see if thats what is going on!Warmly~
01-22-2006, 10:43 AM
Who would have ever known the blade could be upside down, especially us newbies. Thanks for the tip!
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