Back in October, you may remember that I had the opportunity to test out the Brieftons Spiral Slicer. It was a hand-held unit that was nice and small, but it had a good bit of waste like other spiral slicers with that particular design. Well, I recently was given the chance to test out the larger, more versatile Brieftons Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer (amazon affiliate link).
I have to admit that I wish this spiral slicer came in red as the green just doesn’t fit with my kitchen, but that’s just a personal preference. The unit itself is well thought out. I did run into an issue with the suction cups not adhering to my counter as it’s a textured tile. I was able to get it to stick to my marble cutting surface, so I used that instead.
The blades that are not in use are stored securely in the unit. They click in place, so you don’t need to be concerned with them falling out during storage. The blade that is being used just slides into place. You can pick from the following blade choices: angel hair, spaghetti, and flat. The sliding part that contains the spikey wheel slides off for easy cleaning.
To use the spiral slicer, you peel (if desired) the fruit/veggie and cut off the end to create a flat surface. (In the case of the apple shown in the examples, I didn’t bother to trim the ends as they were already fairly flat. With other fruits/veggies, I did create a flat surface by trimming off the ends.) You place the core of the fruit/veggie on the round steel spindle that is on the blade unit and then press the spikey wheel onto the other end of the fruit/veggie.
You will then apply gentle forward pressure using the bottom handle while turning the crank in a clockwise motion. There is some flex in the plastic material during the process. If you’re used to using an apple peeler/corer/slicer that is metal, this unit will feel less sturdy, but it gets the job done with ease. I was able to easily slice both softer veggies like zucchini and firm veggies like potatoes. The angel hair and spaghetti blades created beautiful, long spirals of veggies/fruits.
I found that fruits like apples created broken “noodles” a little more frequently than zucchini which I believe is due to the texture of the fruit. With the flat blade, I had issues with the apple spirals getting caught up in the area right after the blade. I did not experience this with zucchini.
You can create “chips” by cutting a wedge on either side of the fruit/veggie and then using the flat blade. I used this feature to create some delicious potato chips for a snack one afternoon.
I really like how little waste there is with the Brieftons Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer. It’s light weight and easy to clean which means it’s not a big deal to pull out and use. Because everything is contained within the unit itself, I don’t have to worry about any missing parts or pieces. It’s dishwasher safe, but I just quickly wash after use.
Now, thanks to the generousity of Brieftons, I’m able to give away one of these units to one of my readers – US only. There is a quick turn around on this giveaway due to the holidays, so the giveaway ends on December 19, 2014.