It's so refreshing when a kitchen gadget meets or exceeds its infomercial hype.
The Veggetti (rhymes with spaghetti), at $16, does just that.
"It takes a pasta course from something super-heavy to something very kind of light and refreshing. That's why I like it," said Justin Fox Burks, food photographer & author of The Southern Vegetarian: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table and the founder/writer of the Memphis-based Chubby Vegetarian food blog.
The hourglass-shaped, double-sided cylinder is designed to slice zucchini, carrots, potatoes, etc. into strands for veggie pasta, hash browns, garnishes or salads. It operates like a vegetable pencil-sharpener.
"I'm a fan of the 'thick' side," Fox Burks said, as he used the Veggetti's thick blade to shred a zucchini into perfect strands for zucchini pasta. "The vegetable goes in, and you just turn it. I like to, every once in a while, pull it...otherwise, you've got really, really, long strands of zucchini. You end up with a Lady & The Tramp kind-of vibe."
After sauteing the zucchini pasta, Fox Burks used the Veggetti's thin blade to carve a perfect carrot garnish.
Let's just say we ate well.
"It's cool," Fox Burks said after spooling out some potato strands for hash browns. "Put it in there...it's like the Play-Doh Fun Factory, right?"