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Building the Essential Paleo Kitchen

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Created August 17, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I'm getting hitched soon (wahoo) and we're trying to come up with a registry to Paleo-fy our kitchen and home. We cook a lot and have many tools already but I would like to replace some of the shabby plastic crap with some good quality won't-give-us-cancer items. I am generally against gadgets and see them as pretty redundant, but I can already see a few things that would really make life easier (and cheaper):

  • Dehydrator (there is a thread on brand recs for this already, but if someone really loves their dehydrator, please let me know what you have)
  • Berkley water filter (so expensive, but seems to be really worth it)
  • Large glass jar for fermenting all my fermentables
  • Good knives
  • Shower filter

Can you suggest anything else that you have found particularly helpful in the kitchen or around the house? Brand suggestions would be greatly appreciated. No item is too small.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 25, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Congratulations, Caleb! On the filter and the spouse! A few of my family members have one and I can't wait to get my own. I hate the dumb ole Britta.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on August 25, 2012
at 12:36 AM

my mate and I are wanting to use less and less plastic. Can you recommend good wood cutting boards / chopping blocks that won't absorb weird things? I read somewhere bamboo is bad because juices can settle in and then ferment...

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on August 25, 2012
at 12:34 AM

I completely second the glass storageware. But I wish there were some without plastic lids, though. We try to not use any plastics, if we can.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on August 25, 2012
at 12:32 AM

Our Berkey arrives today! We're stoked. And also just got hitched.

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:39 AM

Don't feel bad, I dont have one either. :) It is on my "someday when I have more money" list

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on August 20, 2012
at 12:57 PM

I had my Magic Bullet packed up and ready for retirement but it has redeemed itself for making bulletproof coffee (or tea, or hot water with spices, etc).

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on August 20, 2012
at 12:56 PM

They love me, but alas we are poor-folk. Maybe a wealthy eccentric uncle will come out of the woodwork, clutching a Vitamix.

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on August 20, 2012
at 12:56 PM

I would be the happiest person in the world if I got a freezer.

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on August 20, 2012
at 12:55 PM

I do a fair amount of carbonated mineral water, add minerals to my drinking water and take a multi-min when I'm doubting myself - I should be covered!

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on August 18, 2012
at 06:06 AM

Re: the water filter, yes, great because, it gets rid of the flouride and aluminium, but sadly it also gets rid of the low levels of magnesium and calcium present in water. So good, but be aware, it does have that one minus.

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on August 18, 2012
at 02:47 AM

Or Costco. Costco has sold some very nice enameled cast iron as well.

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on August 18, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Ha ha ha - glanced at this and saw "paleo kitten". Carry on....

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on August 17, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Rice cookers are good for steaming and reheating just about anything. They bring liquids up to a boil very fast. The trays they come with are suspended above the liquid level, allowing you to steam things like fish and vegetables at the same time you are making soup. I prefer the rice cooker as having easier access while you're cooking, and almost as fast as a pressure cooker.

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:59 PM

If you can't splurge on Le Creuset, check out Lodge-- you can find it in Walmart or online, you can score a dutch oven for under $50 and they have great reviews.

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on August 17, 2012
at 05:11 PM

Stockpot all the way 1000% - so convenient too letting it do it's thang' whilst you're working during the day to come home to a cooked meal

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on August 17, 2012
at 04:54 PM

Amazon is really good for finding reviews on certain kinds of items. I have a certain dehydrator and V-slicer on my list from there.

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on August 17, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Immersion blender is a great call! Will come in *so* handy for pureed soups in fall. (Think roasted butternut squash, pumpkin, etc.) Also the mandoline & dutch oven- good suggestions. I am so jealous of your Le Crueset! Going to buy myself some as a reward someday when I feel like I've "earned it." That stuff is $$$. (But I know, it lasts a lifetime.)

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on August 17, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Completely agree on buying it once. It makes me seriously depressed to pay money for the quality item but still have it break in six months. China, China, China....

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:40 PM

What do you use your pressure cooker for other than rice?

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Birthday registries! It should be a thing.

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I'm envious. I think I'm gonna register somewhere as a single gal. We need nice cookware, too! ;-)

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:25 PM

Awesome, thank you, Amy! We got a huge stockpot when my S.O. wanted to start brewing beer. It has since been re-purposed for animal carcasses. Excellent call on the roasting pan and Lunchbots.

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Good call. Do you have a good brand in mind?

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:57 PM

When it comes to quality kitchenware, you often do get what you pay for-- buy it once and buy it right, you won't regret it.

Pressure cooker: This is the one I have: www.bit.ly/fabuLESSpressurecooker-- I get SO much use out of it, much more so than my crockpot.

Blender: Vitamix, if you can swing it-- that thing is a BEAST.

Mini-food processor: I find that I use my mini-chopper more than I do my large food processor (and I have a family of five)-- perfect for pesto, sauces and dressings. 3 cups is the perfect size in my opinion, this is the one I have: http://amzn.to/PqXZIh

Immersion Blender: I have this one: http://amzn.to/Pj4ZYh, and LOVE that you can remove the blender part and pop it in the dishwasher

Cast iron cookware: I finally splurged on Le Creuset and wish I had done so years ago. I have a saute pan, two frying pans (10" and 12"), two dutch ovens (4 1/2 qt 7 1/4qt), and a small sauce pot (2 or 3qt, I don't remember which size, sorry!) I got mine all on clearance at Williams-Sonoma and paid less than 1/2 of retail, they clearance out the old colors about once a year.

Glass storage ware: Look for something that is airtight, as well as freezer and oven safe, I have Snapware-- I use it to marinate (as it's airtight), to store in the fridge and freezer-- I already had 2 sets and just ordered two more yesterday since most of them are in use. They nest when not being used and I use a dry erase crayon to label everything in my fridge and freezer-- LOVE them.

Good knife set-- the best you can afford, buy it once-- and take care of it and they'll last forever and ever.

Mandoline: This is a lifesaver-- it makes chopping and dicing a breeze

Rimmed baking sheets-- I have Pampered Chef stoneware, it ROCKS-- naturally non stick and heats very evenly

If you do a lot of Paleo-style baking, then I would recommend a Kitchen Aid Mixer (at least 5 quarts)

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on August 18, 2012
at 02:47 AM

Or Costco. Costco has sold some very nice enameled cast iron as well.

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(4181)

on August 17, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Completely agree on buying it once. It makes me seriously depressed to pay money for the quality item but still have it break in six months. China, China, China....

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on August 17, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Immersion blender is a great call! Will come in *so* handy for pureed soups in fall. (Think roasted butternut squash, pumpkin, etc.) Also the mandoline & dutch oven- good suggestions. I am so jealous of your Le Crueset! Going to buy myself some as a reward someday when I feel like I've "earned it." That stuff is $$$. (But I know, it lasts a lifetime.)

707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

(1657)

on August 17, 2012
at 06:59 PM

If you can't splurge on Le Creuset, check out Lodge-- you can find it in Walmart or online, you can score a dutch oven for under $50 and they have great reviews.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on August 25, 2012
at 12:34 AM

I completely second the glass storageware. But I wish there were some without plastic lids, though. We try to not use any plastics, if we can.

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:12 PM

A powerful blender for home-made nut butters, coconut manna, coconut milk, guacamole and green smoothies etc.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 17, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Good call. Do you have a good brand in mind?

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:57 PM

A slow cooker. I have a 6 or 8 qt (don't remember size) and just throw frozen meat and veggies in and several hours later I have a wonderful dinner. Couldn't be easier. Also, I just got a julienne peeler and used it to make zucchini noodles. It's another great time saver and the noodles were great!

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:19 PM

I don't have any brand recommendations, but a nice, heavy-duty, large stockpot would be great. (I think back in the day, no French family would dare let their daughter start a marriage without a good stockpot!) And same for a roasting pan w/rack.

Maybe a good set of Pyrex glass storage containers if you don't already have some. Perfect ideas for a registry.

These are very fun: Lunchbots

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on August 17, 2012
at 05:11 PM

Stockpot all the way 1000% - so convenient too letting it do it's thang' whilst you're working during the day to come home to a cooked meal

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 17, 2012
at 03:25 PM

Awesome, thank you, Amy! We got a huge stockpot when my S.O. wanted to start brewing beer. It has since been re-purposed for animal carcasses. Excellent call on the roasting pan and Lunchbots.

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:38 PM

I LOVE my set of cast iron pans! That's an essential in my kitchen. I am also fond of my garlic press.

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on August 17, 2012
at 09:38 PM

-Shun knives. My favorite for filleting and thin slicing meat.

-Porcelain steel skillets. The first few pieces I had were Austrian, but my favorites are the heavier Chantals. These are especially good for induction cooking, but work on any heat source.

-Pyrex or Anchor glass food storage containers. I'm always looking for more, especially 4 cup size.

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on August 17, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Hey everybody, don't forget a good set of choping blocks for chopping, slicing, minceing...etc. I have three that I use. Two wood and one plastic. the plastic one is mainly for chicken and fish that I am working with while it is still raw. three different sizes, huge, medium, and smaller (those are technical terms). Also, get a little guy for when you are making a salad for one person or slicing up an evening snack. My wife and I love apple slices in bed while watching TV at night.

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on August 25, 2012
at 12:36 AM

my mate and I are wanting to use less and less plastic. Can you recommend good wood cutting boards / chopping blocks that won't absorb weird things? I read somewhere bamboo is bad because juices can settle in and then ferment...

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on August 17, 2012
at 09:04 PM

My Magic Bullet is seriously my favorite thing right now. I know you said no gadgets, and I too thought this thing was just going to be some stupid as-seen-on-tv junk, but it's for real better than any blender I've ever used. It gets daily use in my kitchen for smoothies, omelets, nut butters. I hate that there are plastic cups and I'm currently searching for a glass replacement, but I'm happy with plastic for now as I don't put anything warm in it.

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(4181)

on August 20, 2012
at 12:57 PM

I had my Magic Bullet packed up and ready for retirement but it has redeemed itself for making bulletproof coffee (or tea, or hot water with spices, etc).

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:46 PM

Crock pot, food processor, blender (if your family really loves you they will get you a vitamix), some good steel/cast iron/le cruset cookware, and last but not least a garlic zoom. You put whole cloves are garlic in at it minces them, it is the gadget I use the most in my kitchen.

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(4181)

on August 20, 2012
at 12:56 PM

They love me, but alas we are poor-folk. Maybe a wealthy eccentric uncle will come out of the woodwork, clutching a Vitamix.

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:39 AM

Don't feel bad, I dont have one either. :) It is on my "someday when I have more money" list

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on August 17, 2012
at 05:03 PM

I have a Miracle Exclusives ME81 Stainless Steel Rice Cooker - Steamer (found on Amazon) that I thoroughly enjoy. It actually is a STEAMER but it cooks rice on the bottom if you are interested in that. Can cook both at the same time. Very fun. Very easy.

Also I am wishing for an electric hand mixer so I can make homemade whipped cream. Way worth it.

A V-Slicer (Mandoline, as suggested by another answerer) is on my list also. A very good one can be found on Amazon. Check the reviews.

Also there is an amazing dehydrator on Amazon that I want.

Hey, maybe you could get a freezer.

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(4181)

on August 20, 2012
at 12:56 PM

I would be the happiest person in the world if I got a freezer.

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:34 PM

A pressure cooker or crockpot would be essential:)

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:40 PM

What do you use your pressure cooker for other than rice?

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on August 17, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Rice cookers are good for steaming and reheating just about anything. They bring liquids up to a boil very fast. The trays they come with are suspended above the liquid level, allowing you to steam things like fish and vegetables at the same time you are making soup. I prefer the rice cooker as having easier access while you're cooking, and almost as fast as a pressure cooker.

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