Whether you are new to the Paleo diet or have been following it for years, there are certain must have kitchen accessories for the Paleo diet that will make preparing your meals and cleaning up after them much easier. Based on the information posted on fooddehydratorshq.com, there are plenty of items that are nice to have, like a vegetable steamer or food dehydrator, the number of gadgets you actually need to cook tasty and nourishing meals is rather small. In addition to basic kitchen equipment, such as measuring cups and spoons, stirring spoons, pots and pans, can opener, grater, and casserole dishes, the following list of kitchen gadgets should definitely have a place in your kitchen.
High Quality Paring and Chef’s Knives
When following a Paleo diet, you will quickly realize that a high quality, sharp knife is an absolutely invaluable tool in the kitchen. After all, you need to be able to cut up meat, vegetables, and fruit with speed and accuracy. Your best option is a sturdy knife that has a broad, tapered blade made of stainless steel or carbon. You may be tempted to purchase a cheaper knife when you see how pricy they can be, but a good knife can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.
To keep your knives in the best shape, always hand wash them immediately after use using very hot water. You should never put a knife in the dishwasher because it dulls the blade.
Having a high quality pair of kitchen shears, such as a pair of stainless steel shears with micro serrations, are a great accessory to have in your kitchen. From butterflying chicken to trimming herbs, they can handle just about anything.
A vegetable peeler is a cheap, yet crucial kitchen accessory for anyone following a Paleo diet. You need one with a regular blade and one with a serrated blade that is perfect for peeling fruits and veggies with a smooth skin.
Stay away from cheap plastic spatulas because they rarely, if ever, get the job done. Opt for a silicone spatula because they are nonstick and resistant to heat. Choose one that has a flat head to make it easy to slip under something you need to flip or cleanly scrap food out of a bowl.
A mesh strainer is an inexpensive gadget that is perfect for doing everything from straining sauces and stocks directly into a jar for storage to sifting coconut flour, straining juice, draining olives, and much more.
Not only does a food processor make things significantly easier, it is also one of the most versatile kitchen tools on the market. Instead of spending a good bit of time mincing your ingredients into tiny pieces, your food processor can quickly do it for you. In addition, you can quickly and efficiently make everything from sauces to pesto and almond flour. Many food processors even include a grater attachment that makes grating everything from cabbage to zucchini and carrots simple.
Whether you opt for a top of the line blender or a basic model, it is definitely a must have in your kitchen. It gives you the ability to make everything from smoothies to mayo, salad dressings, and pureed soups with minimal effort.
There are tons of Paleo recipes that were created specifically for Crock Pots and for good reason, they make cooking a yummy meal convenient and easy. From tender beef brisket and pork roast to soup and beef stew, you can simply throw your ingredients in and forget about them.
From beef and chicken stock to vegetable soup and even boiling crabs, a stock pot can perform a variety of jobs. Opt for one that is heavy and wide to reduce the risk of scorching your food.
Cast Iron Skillet
Known for providing excellent heat conduction and retention, a cast iron skillet is ideal for baking, frying, and searing. Best of all, unlike most kitchen accessories, they get better with age. They are heavy, durable and after properly seasoned, they develop a natural nonstick finish that doesn’t absorb or react with flavors of the food being cooked.
To get your cast iron skillet in great shape, use a stiff brush and hot water to clean them. However, do not use any type of detergent or soap. Wipe it dry with a soft cloth and rub a dab of melted fat onto all the surfaces.
Stainless Steel Sauté Pan
Sauté pans can be used for everything for sautéing veggies to browning meat and cooking fish filets. Best of all, it can also go in the oven. You’ll be shocked how often you use your sauté pan.
If you are following a Paleo Diet, stocking your kitchen doesn’t have to be difficult. Make sure you have the gadgets discussed above and you should have everything you need.