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Huber: The Veggetti: the kitchen gadget that every college student needs

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of the college kid living off of ramen and boxed mac and cheese stereotype. Especially since moving off campus, my kitchen has been very well stocked, and I would consider myself to be a good cook (or I should be at this point, considering the amount of time I’ve spent watching “Kitchen Nightmares”).

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I thought I had all of the vital kitchen utensils — after all, I have a whisk, a Crock-Pot, a pizza stone and a rice cooker. But that all changed last December, when my roommate Nathan Dunning received the best present ever during our white elephant gift exchange: a kitchen gadget that changed my life.

The tool, called the Veggetti, is a dishwasher safe, portable vegetable spiral cutter. As my other roommate Kendall LaBonde says, “It’s a thing.”

It is, most certainly, a thing: a thing that promotes healthy eating and quick cooking, while being easy to store and clean.

What I love most about the Veggetti is its versatility. I can use it to make spiral-cut zucchini, cucumbers, carrots and more. Ever since the Veggetti has taken up residence in our home, I’ve used it at least semiweekly. It allows me to spice up my spaghetti (with zucchini, of course).

In other words, what more could a student want than a perfectly prepared meal of spiralized vegetables?”

A hidden advantage of the gadget is its sleek appearance. As Nathan says, “It makes specific people who will remain unnamed feel uncomfortable, especially when your roommate uses it aggressively.”

Unwanted houseguests? No problem; the Veggetti can handle it. It can also unnerve your roommates, apparently.

The Veggetti could also potentially be used suggestively with a zucchini or a cucumber, but I haven’t yet attempted that and therefore can’t speak to its success.

Another benefit to owning a Veggetti, if you’re at all like me, is that you can finally consider attempting to cook any of the copious recipes you have saved to your food-related Pinterest board. I personally will be attempting to make spiral-cut sweet potato fries, as this quarantine has saved me at least 20 minutes of commuting time a day that I plan on using for cooking.

I asked my roommates Kendall and Nathan to give quotes on how the Veggetti changed their lives, but neither of them have actually used it and, as follows, have not had a vegetable-related awakening this semester.

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It’s a shame, really. The Veggetti has so many advantages. It’s helping me to stay healthy and avoid the stereotype of a drab, pasta-filled college life. In other words, what more could a student want than a perfectly prepared meal of spiralized vegetables? And what better way to get that than with a Veggetti?

Allie Huber can be reached at letters@collegian.com or on Twitter @a11iehuber.

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