If you are wondering, yes, I've reviewed Carrot Spirals before. Previously it was in the freezer aisle. They were the first spiralized item that I had seen in the freezer item. Since then I've added Zucchini Spirals. But now the refrigerated aisle is getting a bit of a makeover with spirals of sweet potatoes, butternut squash, zucchini (at my store these aren't Trader Joe's branded), and even pre-cut Spaghetti Squash.
However, as excited as I was for these, it turned into disappointment. While everything in this picture looks well and good, I have some bad news: this wasn't as spiralized as I would like.
You see, if you are selling me spirals, I'm realistically buying these as a pasta substitute. These on the other hand aren't long enough to be twirled. These are like carrot shreds with an arc to them.
They cooked up fine via the stove top. The texture was fine. But I was missing that familiar pasta gesture of spinning my fork around in some sauce.
These would be fine in a salad, but if you were hoping for the fresh answer to what is in the frozen aisle. You'll end up disappointed like me. Even when I went back to the store in hopes that my bag was just a misfire, I realized that pretty much all of them were like that too.
For $2.69 you are better off spiralizing these yourself. Or you can just reach for the shreds as they are close enough. For me, they won't end up in my cart. I have other spirals to get into.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Carrot Spirals:
The nutritional information:
The ingredient and how to prepare::
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Trader Joe's Carrot Spirals
Product Name: Trader Joe's Carrot Spirals
Product Description: Fresh spiralized carrots
Refrigerated carrot spirals for those who prefer fresh over frozen
- This item cuts down on mess and prep time
- If you were hoping to substitute this in place of pasta, you might end up disappointed
- This product is a bit redundant if you are going to just put it in salad
- Because the work is done for you, this is more expensive by the pound than buying carrots in a bag