Looking for a good spaetzle maker? If you’re serious about spaetzle like I am, you may want to buy a spaetzle maker. They aren’t a common item to find in a typical retail store. You might find one at a fancy cooking store, but it would probably be pretty pricy there. I stumbled across mine years ago in the kitchen section of TJ Maxx. They are pretty inexpensive and can save you a lot of time.
Here’s one for less than $10 on Amazon which is very similar to mine and is well reviewed. It’s the Norpro Spaetzle Maker with the hopper design which makes quick work out of cutting the noodles and dropping them into the steaming pot of water below. Amazon gives this one 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
On the other hand, if you have a lot of time and patience…and coordination, you can give the traditional German method a try, which involves laying the spaetzle dough on a cutting board and then chopping small bits of dough with a sharp knife while angling the board over boiling water so the bits drop into the water to cook as they are chopped. While the traditional method takes plenty of practice, many German households even today consider it the only way to make spaetzle. I’ll stick with my spaetzle maker. Whatever method you choose…Guten appetit!