Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer (BR-5B-02) – A How-To Guide

This is a complete guide to using your Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer (BR-5B-02). It will help you use the product correctly. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it looks, as you will soon find out!

If you only have 2 minutes, you can get started quickly now by watching the How to Use video.

For answers to other questions that you might have, please check out the rest of the guide.

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Components
Blades
How to Change Blades
How to Spiralize
Possible Vegetable Patterns
Examples of How to Spiralize Particular Vegetables/Fruits
How to Clean the Spiralizer
How to Store the Spiralizer
How to Re-assemble the Spiralizer
For Left-Handed People
Correct Counter Height and Posture
Tips
What Vegetables and Fruits Work with the Spiralizer?
What Vegetables and Fruits Don’t Work with the Spiralizer?
What Dishes Can You Make With The Spiralizer
Cooking and Storing Spiralized Vegetables
Full Demo Video
Recipes to Get You Started


Components

This video shows the components that come with your Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer:


Blades

Your spiralizer comes with 5 blades. Out of the box, there is 1 blade pre-installed in the blade rack, 2 blades stored in the blade self-storage compartment (under the spiralizer’s body), and 2 blades stored in the blade storage caddy.
Blade types


How to Change Blades

This video shows how to change/remove the blades:


How to Spiralize

This video shows how to spiralize vegetables with the spiralizer:


Possible Vegetable Patterns

This video shows the possible types of cuts you can achieve with the spiralizer:

Due to the large number of vegetables that the spiralizer can be used for, it’s not possible to have a definite list of vegetables that should be spiralized for each blade. However the general rules of thumb are:

  • Softer vegetables can use any blade
  • For harder vegetables such as sweet potato or butternut squash, we recommend the use of a bigger blade e.g. 5mm or 5.5mm blades. This is because a smaller blade will have more blade teeth which may cause more resistance when used with a harder vegetable
  • Vegetables with layers or a hollow inside e.g. onions, cabbages, bell peppers should use the Flat blade

Examples of How to Spiralize Particular Vegetables/Fruits

Most vegetables can be spiralized the same way. However, please follow the following suggestions if you are spiralizing any of the below-mentioned vegetables/fruits…

Apple

Cut off the top, cut off the bottom, and stick the middle part, which is the core of the apple, right on the round steel spindle of the spiralizer. The apple core will be gone in no time. Spiralized apples are great for use in salads, savory dishes and desserts. Spiralized apple will turn brown really quickly so it’s best to use them immediately or dress them with lemon juice.

Artichokes

Large artichokes work best. It’s not necessary to peel them. If you are not using the spiralized artichokes immediately, it’s best to place them in a bowl of water with some lemon juice to prevent them from discoloring.

Beetroot

There’s no need to peel fresh beetroot. Just wash the skin, flatten the ends and spiralize whole. They can be had raw in salads or baked into tasty beetroot crisps.

Bell Pepper

Bell peppers are a little trickier. It’s best to cut off the top and place the open end on the edge of the flat blade, and attach the bottom side to the handle, before spiralizing it.

Broccoli

Don’t throw away broccoli stems, as they can spiralize really well using the smaller blade sizes. For best results, stir fry or steam the spiralized broccoli stems.

Butternut Squash

To avoid the seeds, you should only use the non-bulbous end of the squash. Cut any really long strands of spiralized squash into smaller pieces using scissors, as that will make the spiralized squash easier to eat.

Cabbage

Cabbage is already in layers by nature, so make sure to use the flat blade. Spiralize as usual and you will have shredded cabbage (coleslaw) in no time.

Carrots

Choose large carrots for spiralizing for best results. Eat spiralized carrots raw in salads, or steam carrot ribbons to create a delicious accompaniment.

Celeriac

Use a sharp knife to remove the knobbly bits from the celeriac, peel it, then cut it in half, and trim to create 2 flat ends. Spiralized celeriac works well in gratins, soups and remoulade.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are easy to spiralize, however there’s one issue: the juice. Just spiralize it as usual, then let it sit for a while so that the juice can drain out. Or you can pat the spirals or ribbons dry with a piece of paper towel. Cucumbers make beautiful ribbons for use in salads.

Onions

Onions are already in layers by nature, so make sure to use the flat blade. Spiralize as usual and you will have piles and piles of thinly sliced onion rings in no time. You can use spiralized onions to replace chopped ones in recipes, or turn them into onion bhajis and crispy onion spirals.

Parsnips

Choose large fat parsnips for best results. Add them to a rosti or make parsnip crisps.

Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Prepare potatoes or sweet potatoes by peeling them, trim the 2 ends and cut in half widthways if they are very large. Sweet potatoes are great for adding colors to any dish.

Swedes

Peel off the skin, then cut into large chunks with flat ends to attach to the spiralizer. They can be used in fritters or mixed with potatoes as a topping.

Zucchini

Spiralized zucchinis make perfect zoodles. It’s easiest to cut the zucchini in half first before spiralizing it. They can be eaten raw or very lightly steamed, boiled or stir fried.


How to Clean the Spiralizer

This video shows how to clean the spiralizer after use:

General Cleaning Tips

  • Wash the spiralizer under running tap water. Use a mild detergent if necessary. Use a brush to clean between the blade teeth if necessary.
  • Hand washing is recommended to prolong the life of the product.
  • If washed in a dishwasher, use the top rack only, as hot water can warp the suction pad and prevent it from working correctly.

Preventing Stains

Unfortunately stains from vegetables such as carrots/beets are a relatively common issue with plastic products of this nature. Sometimes carrots/beets may leave stains on the spiralizer’s plastic. The best thing to do is to prevent it from happening in the first place, as follows:

  • Spray some vegetable oil on the plastic (where the plastic may come into contact with the vegetable). This will make it much harder for carrots/beets to stain the plastic.

How to Remove Stains

When stains happen, please try one of the 2 methods below to remove the stains:

  • The easier method: Use baking soda to clean the stain.
  • The most effective method: Mix a paste of baking soda and dish soap, scrub it on the stain, let it sit for 20 minutes, scrub it again, and rinse it thoroughly. Repeat as necessary until the stain is removed.

How to Store the Spiralizer

The spiralizer should be small enough to be left on a counter, or in a cupboard, for easy access when you need it.

However, if space is an issue, you can always take the components apart and store them all in a kitchen drawer.


How to Re-assemble the Spiralizer

The product comes pre-assembled and ready to use. However you may want to take it apart to clean the individual components, or to store the product away more compactly. To re-assemble it, please follow the instruction in this video:


For Left-Handed People

If you are left handed, fear not! You can still use the spiralizer to achieve equally great results.

This video shows how to do that with an earlier version of the spiralizer, however the concept is the same:


Correct Counter Height and Posture

When using the spiralizer, make sure that you place it at the correct counter height, as that will allow you to have the correct posture to operate the spiralizer effectively without having to exert too much physical strength.

You will know that you have the correct posture when:

  • The spiralizer’s turning handle, in its resting state, is at about the same height as the top of your thigh.
  • The turning handle does not rise above your elbow at any point while you turn it to operate the spiralizer.

If your counter is too high, you may want to stand on a stable stool/chair to achieve the correct posture.


Tips

For best results when using the Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer, please:

  • Choose thick, firm and straight vegetables. Produce selection is paramount for the machine to work correctly.
  • It is important to purchase FIRM (not soft) zucchini, and not “jumbo” ones that tend to have a lot of seeds. If purchasing cucumbers, FIRM English Cucumbers work best. You want to purchase produce that is shaped like a log and straight (not curved).
  • Place the vegetable straight in the middle of the vegetable holder, making sure it does not lean heavily toward any particular side.
  • Apply a consistent forward pressure to the turning handle while rotating it, which will ensure the vegetable will come into constant contact with the blade.
  • For vegetables with a skin, peeling the skin off will make it easier to spiralize them.
  • For harder vegetables, pre-boiling them first will make it easier to spiralize them.

What Vegetables and Fruits Work with the Spiralizer?

  • Produce that is thick, firm, straight, at least 1 1/2 inches long and at least 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Bagged carrots are usually not thick enough. Choose loose carrots as they tend to be wider.
  • Possible vegetables are apples, Asian pears, beets, broccoli stems (only fat ones), carrots (only fat ones), celeriac, chayote, cucumbers, daikon radish, jicama, kohlrabi, onions, parsnips, pears, bell peppers, potatoes, radishes, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, turnips, watermelon radishes, winter squash, zucchini and other summer squash.

What Vegetables and Fruits Don’t Work with the Spiralizer?

  • Produce that is narrow, like celery or thin carrots.
  • Produce that is soft or juicy. The produce will give and fall apart or squish as it is pushed against the blade. Eggplant might seem firm, however the flesh has a spongy texture which will not stay intact when turned on the spiralizer, and it will tear. Pears will work if they are firm, even if they are on the juicy side.
  • Produce that is irregular, such as cauliflower and broccoli florets, which are difficult to secure and will fall apart.
  • Produce with lots of seeds or one big seed in the middle. The one exception is thick-fleshed bell peppers. You can use the spiralizer for bell peppers, however it’s best to only spiralize a little more than halfway up the vegetable, until the blade reaches the seedpod.

What Dishes Can You Make With The Spiralizer

There are many types of dishes you can make with the spiralizer. For ideas, the Brieftons Spiral Slicer Recipe ebook is a good starting point.

Here are just some examples of what you can make…

Endless food ideas


Cooking and Storing Spiralized Vegetables

The good thing about spiralized vegetables is they can be cooked really quickly or even eaten raw. The best ways to cook them are usually the simplest:

  • Steaming
  • Simmering in boiling water
  • Stir frying
  • Baking and roasting (for spiralized vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, beetroots, parsnips and butternut squash)

It’s perfectly fine to store most spiralized vegetables in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. This means you can prep vegetables in advance, or spiralize extra and save the rest for later use. There are some exceptions though:

  • Apples, pears and potatoes can oxidize quickly and turn brown, so it’s best to prepare them as and when needed.
  • Spiralized cucumber can only be kept for 2 days because of its high water content.

Full Demo Video

Please find below the full demo video of the Brieftons 5-Blade Spiral Slicer (BR-5B-02):


Recipes to Get You Started

Have you downloaded your copy of the Brieftons Spiral Slicer recipe ebook? It contains 20 quick, healthy & tasty vegetable dishes that you can make with your spiralizer right away…
Click Here to Get the Brieftons Spiral Slicer Recipe eBook


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