Meet the new addition to my kitchen arsenal! I have just gotten a Benriner Spiral Slicer. I had seen it in the store a while back, for @$90.00, and I had sort of put it on the backburner — I need a new food processor! Then, yesterday, my room-mate came home from a foray into Katagiri, the Japanese food store near Bloomingdale’s, and announced that she had seen the Benriner on sale for $25.00. Insane! I dashed up there today and found a pile of them with a sign that they were on sale for 70% off — I bought one immediately for $25.50 (Yep. TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS)
I’m looking forward to using this new spiral slicer. It looks much sturdier than the Spirooli Spiral Slicer (which looks a good bit like this machine, and is a good bit cheaper, but does not make very thin angel-hair type noodles) I had before I got the the Saladacco Spiral Slicer (which made nice thin noodles,and was much cheaper, but did not hold up to my spiralizing of anything I could find). The instructions for my new Benriner specifically mention spiralizing daikon radish and potatoes, which are much harder than the zucchinis I will mostly be processing, so I imagine it will hold up to beets and turnips when I am on a roll. The assembly is a bit more complicated (the Spirooli just had slide-in plates, and the Saladacco had no changeable parts), but it does not appear daunting.
This is a good moment for me. Yesterday, I got a package in the mail because I had won a raffle I had forgotten all about, and today, I got this amazing price on a Cadillac spiralizer. Life is good. Thank you, Lord.