April is, among other things, National Noodle Month, which gives us a chance to think outside the noodle box for a moment. Whereas most pasta and noodles are made with the simplest ingredients, there are no rules saying you can't get a little more inventive. Thanks to a nifty piece of hardware, we can easily turn vegetables like carrots and squash into something very closely resembling noodles.
The tool in question is a spiral vegetable slicer. You pop a roughly cylindical vegetable into the mouth of the tool, twist and turn according to instructions, and a pile of tidy noodle shaped vegetables emerges. The slices can be thin spaghetti style or broader fettuccine or anything in between.
Some of these gadgets look like tiny kitchen lathes, and others are something like a tube with a cutting blade inside. Regardless, they are inexpensive, ranging from as little as $10 up to about $40.
With your vegetable noodle maker in hand what can you do with it? Well Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has an armful of ideas.
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