Kale may be the queen of the greens these days but sweet potatoes are the royal root veggies if you ask me… well today that is… I can’t speak for tomorrow, I most likely will be on some other veggie that has won its place in my heart. :)
After some reading here and there, I have learned that these orange-fleshed potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene. Inside the leathery jacket you will find a good source of “vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin B6 and fiber.
Sounds good? It gets better: the sweet potato has a lower glycemic index than its cousin the “common” potato.
Sweet potato noodles pair well with: chili pepper, cilantro, cinnamon, coconut, garlic, ginger, lime, nutmeg, onions, rosemary, salt, honey, thyme, walnuts, oranges, pineapple, apples, pecans, sweet spices, and maple syrup.
When selecting sweet potatoes look for firm ones without soft spots, cracks, or bruises. Store them in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place. They will keep for 2 to 4 weeks. Although the sweet potato should not be stored in the fridge when raw, once it has been cooked, it will keep in the fridge for about a week.
- Be sure to pick fresh and firm sweet potatoes. This will ensure that you get the best tasting noodles possible.
- Wash and peel the potato.
- 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 flat ends on each end of the potato.
- Place the center of the root 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.
- Dry the blades well before putting them away.
Tools used to create noodles:
GEFU Spiralfix Spiral Slicer 13410 $49.95
- Can be used in the left or right hand.
- 4 different widths of cut for creative recipes: Spiral cut across the entire width of the material, 3 mm, 6 mm or 12 mm wide adjustable via adjusting wheel
- Folding lid for easy filling
- Detachable non-slip holding container for safe standing
- Material: stainless steel, ABS plastic, SAN
- Splash-guard lid with drive unit detachable for easy cleaning. Dishwasher-safe
World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer: Approx. $29
- This slicer comes with 3 different blades which give you 3 complete different textures and shapes.
- This is the one used in the photo above.
Joyce Chen Saladacco Spiral Slicer: Approx. $25
- This is another type of spiral slicer that gives you some different options, such as angel hair thickness.
Potato Peeler: Approx. $8
- Wash and peel the outer skin off of the veggie.
- Hold the veggie at one end and in a long stroke motion, run the peeler from top to bottom.
- Rotate the veggie in a circular motion and continue peeling until you reach the seeded core (if there is one). Stop once you reach this. Don’t throw it away, use it in a smoothie or salad.