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  • What is a Spiralizer

    What Is A Spiralizer?

    A Spiralizer is a kitchen tool used to cut vegetables, but unlike a mandoline it cut the vegetables into thin spirals. You can use a Spiralizer to make spirals out of your vegetables or fruits, but it does not work with every type of vegetables or fruits. It works best with firm vegetables or fruit. The most common vegetables and fruits people like to spiralize are zucchinis, potatoes, carrots, apples, squash, brocoli, radish, cauliflower, cucumber, beet, eggplant.

    A spiralizer is a great tool to get new and healthier food habits. It is very simple and quick to use. It is a gadget that is also easy to clean.

    This is the Paderno Spiralizer, the most sold world wide:

     

    How to use a spiralizer

    There are different models on the market, but usually they all work the same. You put the type of blade you want to use in the place designed for it. You put the vegetable in the right place, usually there will be some needles where you can stick your vegetable so it hold tight. Then you start turning the handle and/or you press gently behind the vegetable as the spirals appears.

    It is easier with firm food as softer fruits or vegetables will tear off easily when in spirals.

    There are plenty of Spiralizer available in the Market.
    Here is our Review and comparison.

    Why Using a Spiralizer

    You can use a spiralizer to add a new twist to your recipe. It is a new way to cut your vegetables and sometime a little change is nice.

    You  can replace spaghetti with spiralized vegetables, which is better for your health and lower in calories. This is one of the greatest advantage of a spiralizer, you can transform a delicious, but also very high in calories spaghetti meal into of a delicious  and bowl of vegetables and healthy sauce on top

    Just so you understand the power of a vegetable spiralizer to lose weight, I will compare a portion of normal spaghetti with a portion of spiralized zucchini.

    Here is the nutrition facts for a popular brand of spaghetti. For only 2 ounces we have 200 calories. 2 ounces is only 1/7 of the box. I do not know for you, but it is not rare that I eat like at a third of the box. What would make around 500 calories.

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    Now let's compare this with a zucchini.

    According to the United States Department of Agriculture, there are 17 calories in 100 g of zucchini. If we report it to the same size of the spaghetti, 2 ounces (56 g) it makes only 10 calories. 20 times less than with the spaghetti for the exact same quantity. This is insane when you think about it. When I was eating a third of a spaghetti box, I ate 500 calories. When I replace spaghetti with zucchini, it make only 25 calories! That's 475 calories less.

    It is true that to be healthier you need to eat better...
    475 calories is not even the amount of calories I burn when I run intensly half an hour on a treadmill, can you imagine?

    A spiralizer can definitely help you lose weight, especially if you know great recipes to cook with it.

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  • Is Silicone Safe to Cook?

    Silicone is more and more popular, but is it safe?

    Silicone is used more and more in kitchen and I hear a lot of time people asking if it is safe.
    We all have though of:

    Is it toxic for food?
    What about melting in the food?
    What if we eat some small piece without realizing it?

    Can it melt?

    Silicone, like all materials in our world can melt and become a liquid.
    However, it can hold temperature as high as 500 °F without any trouble.

    If you take your hard silicone soup ladle, not worry for it to
    melt by any form in your favorite creme. Nor for your pastry brush to melt while adding some sauce to your ribs on the BBQ.

    The only danger that could happen is if you try to put it a long period in the oven while it is
    set at over 500 °F (Which is very rare right?).

    You can even put it into boiling water without any concern.
    So do not worry for melted silicone in your food.

    Is it toxic for food?

    Silicone is a none toxic material.

    Let's start by telling you all that silicone is a natural element.
    Well the one we use, to create cookware and things like soup ladle is man-made.
    By bonding silicone with oxygen. And silicone really is a natural materials, present in all science class, right on the periodic table.

    "[...] I’ve found state that silicone is inert, doesn’t react with food or liquids, and doesn’t offgas chemical fumes."
    Source: http://lifeyourway.net/

    “All descriptions I read of silicone rubber describe it as chemically inert and stable, so it is unlikely to react with or leach into food, nor outgas vapors.”
    Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/

    However, please understand that there is a difference between different kind of silicone and different quality of silicone. The one you cut on is not the same as some constructor put on wall to isolate from flames to avoid them going from a building to another.

    Also note that other product are cover by silicone, and that you can always be aware of other materials in your cooking equipment too.

    What if we eat some by accident?

    I searches online what happen if we eat some by accident.
    It looks like no one ever cut their spatula and ate it...
    But there is always an "if".

    So, I searched "what happen if you eat the silica packets marked "do not eat"".
    I found that they are in fact not harming anyone.

    The only effect it would have is similar to eating some sand. Except that one job's is to absorb moisture. So, it will be a little harder for your stomach and you might feel your mount very VERY dry.

    According to Mike Yudizky, a recently retired paramedic and the public health educator at the North Texas Poison Control Center, “It’s nothing more than a type of sand. Despite the big-time warnings, it’s completely nontoxic.” Even if you were to eat a shoebox full of packets, the only result would be “an upset tummy. But the same would happen if you drank too much water.”"
    Source: http://www.chow.com/food-news/

    "Silica gel is nearly harmless, and that's why you find it in food products. Silica, which is actually silicon dioxide (SiO2), is the same material found in quartz. The gel form contains millions of tiny pores that can adsorb and hold moisture -- it's essentially porous sand."
    Source: http://health.howstuffworks.com/

    I hope you are now feeling safer with the idea of taking silicone cooking equipment.
    After all, they are safe and much easier to wash!

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