Holiday 2011 Gift Guide: Paleo Kitchen Heavyweights
It’s December and the holidays are rapidly approaching. Last week we talked about ten great stocking stuffers for the Paleo kitchen. Watch the blog over the next few weeks for more Gift Guides (books, and other Paleo gear).
Today we’ll look at ten big ticket kitchen gadgets. I reach for these items often while cooking or baking. They’re pretty essential in my kitchen and the cost per use is super low (that’s how I justify big ticket purchases). Without further ado…
This thing is super awesome. Stick it in a pot of soup or stuff that could become soup, and get a creamy soup without doing the dangerous pot-to-blender-back-to-pot dance. I use this for making butternut squash soup all the time in the fall and winter.
How do I love my slow cooker? Let me count the ways. A cheap cut of meat, plus some all day simmering in this guy with some broth, onions, celery and carrots equals magic. I also use my slow cooker to make lard from pork fat, to make bone broth, and more.
If my house were on fire and I could only grab one thing, I would nudge my dog out the door with my foot and grab this thing. I’m pretty serious about that. There’s a reason Le Creuset has the reputation for quality that they do. If you buy one of these, it will last you your entire life. It has a permanent spot on my stovetop.
Dry things out. Make jerky from meat. Presto – paleo snacks! I like this all in one kit because it comes with a handy jerky gun.
All-Clad is no joke. If your pots and pans can’t knock someone out cold with one BANG to the head, they aren’t heavy duty enough. These are nice and heavy, and they’re pretty to look at. They also will last a lifetime.
Every time I go cook at a friend’s house, I’m always disappointed in the janky, $9.99-WalMart-Special knife they hand me. They’re inevitably dull, and I end up cutting myself and crying more when I’m slicing onions and vegetables roll to the floor. It’s a sad state of affairs. I have this exact knife in my kitchen and I love it. It feels great to hold in your hand, and the carbon steel stays sharp as long as you take care of it. I highly recommend this bad boy.
For chopping things, making soups, slicing stuff, making fresh salsa. The uses for this thing are pretty endless. I use mine several times a week.
Make your own kraut (and other fermented veggies like kimchi). Get natural probiotics. This is the Mercedes-Benz of kraut pots.
I make my own chicken or beef stock (bone broth, yummmm) every other month or so in this exact pot. It is so, so good for you (calcium, minerals!) and way tastier than the canned or boxed stuff. Every good chef makes stock from scratch.
What are your must-have kitchen gadgets?
We heard about your favorite little kitchen doodads, but for now we want to know – what are your must-have big ticket kitchen gadgets? Tell us in the comments!