In advance of its launch on the Irish market, Dimpco sent me a Morphy Richards Spiralizer Express to test out at home and review.
To be very honest with you, I’ve never bought a spiralized item in my life and don’t have a manual spiralizer in the house. Which sounds mad considering the glut of courgettes and vegetables I get at this time of the year. It’s something that I’d intended to rectify this Summer anyway so this offer couldn’t have come at a better time.
If you’ve never eaten or used spiralized vegetables/fruit before it’s simply a different way of preparing your fresh items. You can substitute spirals of courgette for pasta in dishes for example, making them low in carbs. Spiralizing your fruit and vegetables gives you a greater surface area for marinades and pickles, meaning you can easily add extra spices and flavours to lift your meals.
What did I like about it?
It’s light, easy to set up, and uncomplicated to operate. Spiralizing is as simple as flicking a switch. You don’t have to crank a handle and it takes up relatively little space on the kitchen counter compared to a manual alternative. It’s actually very like a food processor in that regard, you just pop the vegetables in the top feeder section and then watch your perfect ribbons or spirals come out into the cup underneath.
Is the Spiralizer Express Family Friendly?
The kids loved the gadget. In particular the 4-year-old, who loves raw vegetables anyway, would happily sit at the table eating the spiralized carrots and apples if I made them for him all day. While it’s not suitable for children to operate on their own, spiralizing gives foods a different texture so it’s a great way to introduce picky family members to foods. There’s an interactive app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, meaning that you can watch and learn new recipes as you use the Spiralizer Express.
Does it offer value for money?
If you are the type of person who buys pre-packaged spiralised vegetables, then this gadget might just save you money. A 200g of carrot spirals from Tesco costs €1.50. Loose carrots with an equivalent weight (before trimming) would weigh about 300g and cost 45c. That makes a difference of €1.05 between the shop-bought packet of carrot spirals and ones that you make at home. Add to the equation that there’s simply no comparison between the packets you buy in the shops, and your own home-made fresh spirals. The Spiralizer Express has an RRP of €64.95. Use it 60 times with fresh vegetables and it owes you nothing in return.
What didn’t I like about the Spiralizer Express?
The manufacturers say that the blades are easy to clean under the tap. Truth be told they are sometimes fiddly to clean (depending on the item spiralized) and the blades are sharp so you need to be careful with that. Apples didn’t spiralize at all when they had the skin on, despite the instruction booklet saying it should work, meaning I had to peel them first. Also it’s not dishwasher-friendly which is disappointing.
Where can you buy one?
It’s available from Harvey Norman, Power City, DID Electrical, Euronics, and Expert stores nationwide. I’ve done a quick check online and see that it’s cheapest in DID and Power City at the moment, with a promotional price of €59.99. You can find out more information on stockists and RRP here: Spiralizer Express!
Disclosure: I received this product sample from Dimpco (who are the Irish distributors) for the purposes of this review as I would not have been able to purchase the Spiralizer Express before it went on sale in Ireland. I have have received no payment or benefit in kind for my review.