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What Paleo Gear Has Provided You the Best ROI?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 29, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Part of the beauty of the Paleo lifestyle is that you don't need new-fangled gizmos to get through the day. But...

There are definitely items that can help us save money, right?

My top money-savers are:

  • chest freezer for buying and storing meat that's on sale
  • a Soda Stream for making carbonated water at just 20 cent per liter
  • kettle bells and home gym equipment vs. Gym fees
  • dehydrator for making beef jerkey

Not buying neolithic foods anymore, like French Fries or whatever, doesn't count. I'm looking for things you can make yourself or buy that will help us all save hard cash in the long run of our Paleo lifestyles.

Got anything?

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 20, 2012
at 12:36 PM

Thanks Kamal. I just ordered it. I have no rhythm or dance skills so this should be comical, but if it gets me away from the keyboard so that I can be up and moving around it will be a good thing.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 20, 2012
at 03:23 AM

It's really hard, watch out.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 20, 2012
at 02:59 AM

+1 I didn't even know about Michael Jackson: The Experience for Wii.

A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on March 28, 2011
at 10:07 PM

Meat freezer and Crock pot.

8d7eb02fef2eca1a2c418d5f6ed02d8e

(240)

on March 28, 2011
at 08:31 PM

I love my spirooli too! It's the gadgety-est kitchen item I have, but, zucchini noodles!

Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

(4089)

on February 25, 2011
at 08:25 PM

@hendryn: Paul Shepard: Coming Home To The Pleistocene in particular.

1ac8e976f84cb2566ecfbbcce1817351

(211)

on February 25, 2011
at 04:53 AM

Never heard of Shepard?

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on January 07, 2011
at 03:40 PM

even less appealing for me: cut up feet I love my vibrams, and wouldn't mind going barefoot if I lived in a more rural area, but in the city it's not a very good idea.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on October 29, 2010
at 08:24 PM

Refrigeration only thickens it a touch more... it should still be very thick and mayo-like even before then. Counter-intuitively, it gets thicker the more mayo you add to it. I usually do 4 egg yolks, mixed with some ACV/seasonings, then using a stick blender, very slowly (especially at first) add about 1.5 cups of light olive oil, blending constantly.

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 29, 2010
at 08:00 PM

Hmmm...Michael Jackson may find his way under the Christmas Tree this year. Sounds great!

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 29, 2010
at 07:53 PM

Thanks @Ben! -- I'll try it this weekend. I guess I was always expecting it to thicken right away...didn't realize that happened during refrigeration.

E46d4f7e35e46ee4e8211ab4bc852023

(1510)

on October 29, 2010
at 06:28 PM

Spread on a dehydrator tray and the score it in squares using and icing knife or a regular knife. Fire up the dehydrator to the max, dehydrate for at least 8 hours, then flip the crackers to the other side, and dehydrate for another 8 hours on a lower temp. If you want more of that's oily taste, you could add olive oil to the original mixture.

E46d4f7e35e46ee4e8211ab4bc852023

(1510)

on October 29, 2010
at 06:18 PM

Take bunch of leafy greens, and maybe an onion, zucchini, or celery, and pulse it in a food processor until it's blended up and a little liquidy, but before it gets to be a pure liquid. Pour into a bowl. Add salt, pepper, and cumin and other spice to taste. Then add flax meal or almond meal in whatever proportion if necessary to make the mixture a little more "doughy" and controllable, but not with the goal of making actual dough. Probably like a 1/2 cup of meal to every 1 1/2 or 2 cups of green mixture.

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on October 29, 2010
at 05:46 PM

Got a recipe for those crackers? :D

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 29, 2010
at 05:39 PM

Cheryl - the closest I've come to making a decent mayo was with a blender...but I think I got impatient and started adding the oil too quickly. Will give it another shot.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on October 29, 2010
at 05:38 PM

@Angele - TWiP: I use this recipe: http://thelabelsayspaleo.com/2010/02/14/make-your-own-mayo/ except I don't use EVOO or walnut oil, I just use plain olive oil, or a combo of canola/olive. It works well for me in my food processor!

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 29, 2010
at 05:21 PM

Sorry Angelo, I live in Belgium and only buy in the shops...

2b8c327d1296a96ad64cdadc7dffa72d

on October 29, 2010
at 05:05 PM

you need air for mayonnaise, and food processors are just marginal for adding air. Use your blender, and it should take you at least 2 minutes to add the oil in a slow, steady stream.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on October 29, 2010
at 04:52 PM

Here's a vote for Vitamin D. I take supplements in the winter but summer sun was awesome. Can't wait until it comes back. Maybe I should move to the southern states....

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 29, 2010
at 04:41 PM

We get a ton of use out of our food processor, too...good call. Do you have a favorite mayo recipe? Every time I've tried it in the food processor, it's been an epic fail.

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 29, 2010
at 04:40 PM

Great tip. Do you have a favorite online source for cheaper cuts of grassfed?

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on October 29, 2010
at 04:27 PM

I also have discovered I can buy (and cook) cheap (or cheaper) parts of grass fed meat or game.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 29, 2010
at 04:19 PM

even more ROI: hardcore barefooting.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 29, 2010
at 04:18 PM

canned wild fish!

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 29, 2010
at 03:27 PM

I don't know if this is what you want, but buying cheap (or cheaper) parts of grass fed meat or game. I don't care if it is not lean (on the contrary), and you can make delicious meals with them. If you want a product, I would say a slow-cooker or crock-pot.

Getting our mineral water at a local source instead of buying it in the shop. And I get an incredible farmers walk exercise from the forest source to the car.

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on October 29, 2010
at 04:27 PM

I also have discovered I can buy (and cook) cheap (or cheaper) parts of grass fed meat or game.

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 29, 2010
at 04:40 PM

Great tip. Do you have a favorite online source for cheaper cuts of grassfed?

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 29, 2010
at 05:21 PM

Sorry Angelo, I live in Belgium and only buy in the shops...

5
A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on October 29, 2010
at 03:08 PM

Definitely my food processor.

I use it to make flours, nut butters, chop veggies, make mayo, or sometimes to mix chicken/tuna salads. It saves me a lot of $$; I can buy nuts in bulk and make my own products, I don't have to shop around for good mayo, it was a good buy! I don't know how I lived without it.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on October 29, 2010
at 08:24 PM

Refrigeration only thickens it a touch more... it should still be very thick and mayo-like even before then. Counter-intuitively, it gets thicker the more mayo you add to it. I usually do 4 egg yolks, mixed with some ACV/seasonings, then using a stick blender, very slowly (especially at first) add about 1.5 cups of light olive oil, blending constantly.

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 29, 2010
at 07:53 PM

Thanks @Ben! -- I'll try it this weekend. I guess I was always expecting it to thicken right away...didn't realize that happened during refrigeration.

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 29, 2010
at 04:41 PM

We get a ton of use out of our food processor, too...good call. Do you have a favorite mayo recipe? Every time I've tried it in the food processor, it's been an epic fail.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on October 29, 2010
at 05:38 PM

@Angele - TWiP: I use this recipe: http://thelabelsayspaleo.com/2010/02/14/make-your-own-mayo/ except I don't use EVOO or walnut oil, I just use plain olive oil, or a combo of canola/olive. It works well for me in my food processor!

2b8c327d1296a96ad64cdadc7dffa72d

on October 29, 2010
at 05:05 PM

you need air for mayonnaise, and food processors are just marginal for adding air. Use your blender, and it should take you at least 2 minutes to add the oil in a slow, steady stream.

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 29, 2010
at 05:39 PM

Cheryl - the closest I've come to making a decent mayo was with a blender...but I think I got impatient and started adding the oil too quickly. Will give it another shot.

4
Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on October 29, 2010
at 04:16 PM

The only gear I've bought so far are my Vibrams. I can't say what the ROI in dollars is, but I'm hoping for less foot and back problems.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 29, 2010
at 04:19 PM

even more ROI: hardcore barefooting.

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on January 07, 2011
at 03:40 PM

even less appealing for me: cut up feet I love my vibrams, and wouldn't mind going barefoot if I lived in a more rural area, but in the city it's not a very good idea.

3
Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

on October 30, 2010
at 11:26 PM

1) Marla, my Remington 870 Express Super Magnum 12-gauge shotgun. Mine came with a vent rib barrel for birds and bunnies that swaps out in under a minute for a rifle sighted slug barrel for Bambi. Game meat is delicious, and you get more exercise.

2) Vibram Fivefinger KSO Treks.

3) My little Paleo library: Cordain, Sisson, Wolf, Gegaudas, Shepard.

4) A second-hand dehydrator for making jerky.

1ac8e976f84cb2566ecfbbcce1817351

(211)

on February 25, 2011
at 04:53 AM

Never heard of Shepard?

Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

(4089)

on February 25, 2011
at 08:25 PM

@hendryn: Paul Shepard: Coming Home To The Pleistocene in particular.

3
21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on October 29, 2010
at 06:47 PM

  1. Slow cooker
  2. Sharp knives
  3. Paleonu.com
  4. Michael Jackson: The Experience for Wii

The last two aren't strictly paleo, but they are good for information and fun movement, respectively. (I suspect, for the latter)

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 29, 2010
at 08:00 PM

Hmmm...Michael Jackson may find his way under the Christmas Tree this year. Sounds great!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 20, 2012
at 03:23 AM

It's really hard, watch out.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 20, 2012
at 12:36 PM

Thanks Kamal. I just ordered it. I have no rhythm or dance skills so this should be comical, but if it gets me away from the keyboard so that I can be up and moving around it will be a good thing.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 20, 2012
at 02:59 AM

+1 I didn't even know about Michael Jackson: The Experience for Wii.

3
E46d4f7e35e46ee4e8211ab4bc852023

(1510)

on October 29, 2010
at 04:35 PM

Exaclibur dehydrator -- turning the pulp of green leafy vegetables and some flax meal in crackers, it's a beautiful thing.

Spirooli spiralizer -- making raw zucchini into noodles

E46d4f7e35e46ee4e8211ab4bc852023

(1510)

on October 29, 2010
at 06:28 PM

Spread on a dehydrator tray and the score it in squares using and icing knife or a regular knife. Fire up the dehydrator to the max, dehydrate for at least 8 hours, then flip the crackers to the other side, and dehydrate for another 8 hours on a lower temp. If you want more of that's oily taste, you could add olive oil to the original mixture.

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on October 29, 2010
at 05:46 PM

Got a recipe for those crackers? :D

E46d4f7e35e46ee4e8211ab4bc852023

(1510)

on October 29, 2010
at 06:18 PM

Take bunch of leafy greens, and maybe an onion, zucchini, or celery, and pulse it in a food processor until it's blended up and a little liquidy, but before it gets to be a pure liquid. Pour into a bowl. Add salt, pepper, and cumin and other spice to taste. Then add flax meal or almond meal in whatever proportion if necessary to make the mixture a little more "doughy" and controllable, but not with the goal of making actual dough. Probably like a 1/2 cup of meal to every 1 1/2 or 2 cups of green mixture.

8d7eb02fef2eca1a2c418d5f6ed02d8e

(240)

on March 28, 2011
at 08:31 PM

I love my spirooli too! It's the gadgety-est kitchen item I have, but, zucchini noodles!

2
24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on January 06, 2011
at 01:43 PM

My VFF Treksports! Not having shinsplints any more is priceless!

2
Fe198e0c02edd407cdf8c83c0fceaea1

(753)

on October 29, 2010
at 04:37 PM

door pull-up bar. ordered one on amazon for 25 bucs, I do sets throughout the day. chicken livers.

2
Ecef210e24a493f64c76d9c5a4ae7c88

on October 29, 2010
at 04:15 PM

My home gym is just thick rope and sand bags. In addition to body weight stuff, this has tremendous range and saves me tons of cash. Plus, I get Vitamin D since it's all outside.

Regarding food, I have canned wild fish (sardines/salmon from Costco) almost daily. At about $2 a pound, ends up being way cheap compared to fresh meat, and the nutrient loss is marginal. Also, the pasteurization process is basically just cooking, so no preservatives or other nasty stuff.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on October 29, 2010
at 04:52 PM

Here's a vote for Vitamin D. I take supplements in the winter but summer sun was awesome. Can't wait until it comes back. Maybe I should move to the southern states....

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 29, 2010
at 04:18 PM

canned wild fish!

1
98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on March 28, 2011
at 08:07 PM

I'm with Olga on this.

Excalibur dehydrator - Life changing. Had a little Nesco for a few years then decided to go top shelf and it was a great decision. Weekly I make my own jerky. Kale and zucchini chips are made weekly as well. Great for dehydrating berries and other fruits. Makes perfect yogurt too. Well worth the money.

Spirooli spiralizer - Spent years using a peeler to make my noodles. The spiralizer makes them so much better. I was shocked at how much nicer and pasta-like my results were with this baby. Just a much better eating experience with this toy.

1
16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on January 07, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Cast Iron skillet for teflon free steaks and meats. Slow cooker, the absolute best tool for stews. Good knives. Five Fingers. I like the shotgun idea!

1
4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on January 07, 2011
at 12:49 AM

Cast Iron Wok. I use it 6 days a week.

Iphone. I use it daily to read Paleohacks.com, other Paleo Blogs and tons of Fitness Health and Nutrition sites.

0
3a4ed40bdabc6ddf7a7db4e335bd8ba4

(0)

on March 28, 2011
at 11:47 PM

slow cooker dehydrator for jerky and fruit Gary Taubes

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on March 28, 2011
at 04:16 PM

mini meat freezer - don't have one yet but if I did, I would list it here for sure.

dehydrator - also don't have one of these yet, but same as above.

powertec machine - i actually do have one of these... straight up awesome.

if you count food in the fridge as gear, then I would list all that, because the ROI has been huge.

glass jar collection has exploded since going Paleo. we used glass jars for everything now.

my sports car - i figure it this way... i am far better looking now that i am Paleo. this is probably why i got a huge raise this year. this has allowed me to buy a sports car, which is totally paleo btw, and when people ask me how i did it, i tell them i went Paleo and it changed my life. then BAM! i got em.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 28, 2011
at 06:16 AM

Sharing a grass fed cow with friends-3.00 lb.

Slow cooker from Goodwill-5.00.

Ideas on Paleohacks-priceless.

No seriously, the ideas here have been so great and it's free free free. Talk about ROI.

Thanks Paleohacks.

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