Since starting the Paleo diet, the way we cook and shop for groceries has changed a lot. I’ve also noticed that I grab for and use a lot of the same kitchen tools over and over again. So today, I wanted to share with you the top 10 Paleo kitchen tools that I couldn’t live without!
Let’s get started!
- A Large Skillet with Lid – Browning ground meat, making cauliflower fried rice, frying almond flour crusted chicken tenders. We use our skillet almost every night. The lid is helpful when we are trying to reduce a sauce… or make sloppy joes. Yum. 🙂
- Spice Jars – I had actually noticed a need for spice jars long before we started the Paleo diet because of my gluten intolerance. In the past few months, the need has only grown. Now that we don’t use any pre-made spice mixes and are creating a lot of our own, we need places to store the spice mixes that we make (taco seasoning, for example).
- Spatulas – Since going Paleo, we have had to make a lot of our own condiments – ketchup, barbecue sauce (still trying to figure out how to make mayonnaise) – and they all require honey and transferring ingredients in and out of mason jars (see #8). This process is a ton easier with the right tools – and a good spatula!
- Meat Shredder – Full disclosure: I don’t actually own these yet. They have been sitting on my Amazon wish list for a while now, and every time I make pulled BBQ chicken, I remember that I desperately need them. We make pulled chicken quite a bit (It’s a good, easy crock pot meal) and these would be extremely helpful in the pulling process.
- Vegetable Spiralizer – I love our spiralizer. I have used it mostly to make zucchini pasta, but we have also used it to make spiral sweet potato fries to use as a base for sloppy joes.
- Baking Sheets with Racks – I actually just used these last night for dinner and have been using them for a while now. Since going gluten free, one of the things I missed most was breaded chicken. Finally, I found a recipe for chicken tenders breaded in almond flour and flax that we love. You can fry them in a large skillet (see #1), but I actually like them just as well baked in the oven on these baking sheets.
- Nutra Ninja with AutoIQ – This Nutra Ninja is one of the best purchases I have ever made. We use it most mornings to make our breakfast smoothies. My favorite is a frozen banana, almond butter, almond milk, and a little honey. Delicious!
- Mason Jars – Like I mentioned in number 3, mason jars have become essential for storing the condiments we make. They are also a good place to store premade salads and riced cauliflower.
- Ninja 4 in 1 Cooker – Can you tell I am a little obsessed with Ninja products? Before I bought this 4 in 1 cooker, I thought “I have a slow cooker. Why do I need that?” Why, indeed?! I am almost surprised with how much we use this cooker. For example, let’s say you are making chili. Turn the cooker to stovetop, brown your meat and onions. Add your other ingredients. Turn the knob to slow cooker and let it go. It also has an oven and a steamer setting. It’s definitely the epitome of one pot cooking!
- A Good Set of Knives – Before I had good knives, I didn’t see what the big deal was. Then I got some great knives for Christmas. Wow, what a difference! I used to hate to trim excess fat and gristle off a chicken – and debone a chicken? Forget it! Now, I still don’t like doing it, but it’s a ton less painful with a good knife!
What about you? What are your favorite kitchen tools that you couldn’t live without? I’d love to hear!!