When Marci asked me to host a giveaway for a Spiral Slicer from her general store back in December, I quickly agreed – right after asking my girls if they would agree to do the review.
Then they all got very, very busy. Silly me. This happens when your husband works in retail and has a job where children are welcome. I did a review and giveaway myself with the help of a couple of the younger girls, but I still wanted the big ones to try it out once life slowed down a bit.
Life is slower now. I won’t say it’s slow. That just doesn’t happen, but the pace is more relaxed than it has been for the past 3 months, so I fixed the girls with a steely look and told them, “It is time. You must use the Spiral Slicer to make curly fries, and you must take pictures.”
They didn’t even try to escape. They knew it was hopeless. Or maybe they weren’t so bothered by the thought of making curly fries. As my husband would say, “Ya think?!”
Before I knew it, there was a party in my kitchen. Four happy teens were slicing, singing, snapping photos, and wondering how to chip the coconut oil out of the bucket.
Curly fries: failure. Next time, we’ll try a real recipe instead of assuming we know what to do. Cajun seasoning was perfect, but our fries took a long, long time to cook, and came out chewy instead of crisp. Apparently there’s more to curly fry success than just slicing, seasoning and frying your potatoes.
We learned a few things, and I’m sure the next ones will be much better. Even so, these disappeared as fast as they came out of the oil, which wasn’t very fast but still means they weren’t a complete failure.
Spiral Slicer: success! Far easier to use than our beloved apple peeler/corer/slicer. They had a huge pile of spiral-cut potatoes in nothing flat, and no one had to consult a manual or ask Mom how to use it. They also whipped out a nice little pile of paper-thin sliced potatoes to make chips, which turned out delicious.
This little contraption would be great for making veggie soup with a million curly bites of carrots and potatoes. I’ll bet it would make slicing vegetables for stir-fry absolutely painless. It would probably make coleslaw 90% faster. If I had read the manual, I would know for sure and could give you a much longer list. I guess that’s the downside of a zero learning curve: no one looks at the manual.
Amazing Graze General Store would like to give one Life in a Shoe reader a free Spiral Slicer valued at $35.99!
For your first entry, leave a comment telling what you would make if you had a spiral slicer or any other kitchen item on the Amazing Graze website. You must do this to enter.
For up to 8 additional entries, do any or all of the following:
- Post about this giveaway on your blog, facebook, or twitter. Leave a separate comment here for each place you share.
- Share a link to your favorite product from Amazing Graze General Store on facebook and/or twitter. Again, leave a separate comment for each.
- Subscribe to Life in a Shoe.
- Share your favorite Life in a Shoe post on facebook. Which one is it?
- Give us your best tip for making homemade french fries. We have some ideas, but I want to hear where you think we went wrong.
We’ll take entries for one week then choose a random winner.