The parsnip plant has a thick fleshy root that is whitish or yellowish in color and is related to the carrot. But they are sweeter and sharper in flavor than a carrot. The core of the parsnip can be woody and bitter in taste which with this application is perfect because the spiralizer will keep the core of the parsnip intact and can be composted after the noodles are made.
When researching the health benefits of parsnips I read that eating parsnips can stimulate growth in children. Aaaand, since I have never really grown up and I am vertically challenged… I just might be increasing my consumption of parsnips. hehe If that isn’t a very realistic approach I guess I will continue to enjoy them anyway. They are known to reduce constipation encouraging regular bowel movements and proper functioning of the liver. They also have soluble fiber in them which is can help regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. (source for more health benefits)
Select fresh, firm, fleshy, medium size, even surfaced parsnips. Ideally, they should be 6-8 inches long, avoid if pitted, knobby, or have damaged roots. You can store parsnips in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer of the fridge.
Be sure to pick the freshest, in season, parsnips that you can find. This will ensure that you get the best tasting noodles possible. Select the largest parsnips in diameter.
Look for firm parsnips. If the flesh is soft or rubbery, it won’t work in the spiralizer.
With a potato peeler, remove the skin and trim the ends.
Place the unit on the countertop and press down on the spiralizer to engage the suction cups and secure.
Insert the blade cartridge you’d like to use, make sure that it clicks into place.
Cut the parsnips into 4-6” length pieces.
Place the center of the parsnips onto the cylinder part of the blade and press the teeth of the handle into the other side of it.
Take hold of the handle on the bottom (the horizontal one) with one hand and then spin the handle with the teeth to spiralize. Press steady with forward pressure, using the handle that you’re gripping, for best results.
Before dressing up the noodles, take a scissors when you’re done spiralizing and cut the noodles into manageable sized pieces. Just grab a bunch of noodles and roughly snip. Or enjoy that never ending noodle!
You can make noodles in advance, they should keep for 5-7 days in the fridge, without sauce.
To clean the spiralizer:
Purchase an inexpensive handled brush for cleaning the blade parts and hard to reach parts on the unit. This will save your fingers and prevent nicks from happening on the blades, keeping them nice and sharp.
Be sure to quickly rinse the unit after creating noodles. The juices from certain root veggies can stain the unit.