As some of you may already know, this was the first year we planted a garden. It’s been a giant roller coaster of emotions thus far…
—Pride – The garden is planted. It looks great. Can’t wait for stuff to grow.
—Shame – Why did I have to be so clumsy and touch stuff and almost snap off the cucumber plant about four minutes after planting it? UGH! IDIOT!
—Triumph – HA….I duct taped the cucumber back together.
—Relief – The duct tape worked and it’s growing!
—Disappointment – The zucchinis have flower rot and they’re getting yellow, mushy, and rotten at the end.
—Horror – there is a cucumber beetle infestation and they’re eating the zucchini!
—Revenge – got Bayer bug dust and dusted the heck out of the evil bugs.
— Satisfaction – bugs are dead!
—Paranoia – am I going to die from eating veggies with bug poison dusted on them?
—Victory – I ate two green peppers, three cucumbers, and three zucchini. And a lot of lettuce.
Sorry. I got off topic with my emotional roller coaster. This blog post is supposed to be about what to do with all the veggies from your garden. I have a new toy to answer this very dilemma. The new wonder product that I got last week at the store is a veggie spiralizer that was on sale for $3. So…me being the cheap-o that I am…had to agonize and google it for an hour before I spent the three dollars. (hangs head in shame at blatant cheapness). The internet was very fickle in reviews of this product.
Pros: turns veggies into a pasta-like texture, easy to use, easy to cook with, amazing!
Cons: hard to clean, hard to twist veggies to make into pasta shape. It’s still a veggie and doesn’t taste like pasta.
Ok…that last con was actually just me. I tend to survive on cereal, peanut butter, white bread, chocolate, and processed foods. However I have all these garden vegetables and, after the whole bug freak-out episode, there’s no way I’m letting ANY of this go to waste.
So I caved in and spent the $3. I’m letting you know what I think of it so far.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!! It’s totally amazing!
I got a zucchini from the garden, washed it off, made sure it was the right size, and got busy. (If your veggies are too big, they won’t fit in the spiralizer. I believe the technical name for this product is the “veggetti” but my family refuses to call it that because they think it sounds like…um…the female body part. Use your imagination. Yes, they’re all perverts.)
I googled recipes from youtube and tried out two different ones. What worked for me was this:
Spiralize your zucchini. Let it drain in a strainer (tossed with salt) while you boil water in a saucepan. Once the water is at a rolling boil, dump in the zucchini. Let it boil for EXACTLY 90 seconds. I tried two minutes but that seemed too long. Dump it back in the strainer after 90 seconds, rinse it off immediately to stop it from cooking, put it in a bowl with salt, pepper, butter, and garlic powder. Or whatever spices you’re in the mood to fling in there.
Viola…. Spiral veggies are served!
The spiralizer is sort of a pain to clean afterward. Just use a toothpick to dig the leftover chunks out and you’ll be fine. Otherwise it was very simple to use and took little to no effort to turn the veggie and make the spiral.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this product. And it was only $3 on sale. And it got me to eat healthy. And I got to stick it to the cucumber beetles because I got to eat my veggies before they did.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!