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Any Must-Have Paleo Cooking Ingredients?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Ever since I've started paleo, I see a lot of different ingredients that people use for paleo recipes. They are things I've never used/heard of before and don't think I would have the time or money to buy and use it.. With that said, what are your paleo must-have's in your kitchen? I already know I should have the basics like the meat, vegetables, fruits, etc. I'm talking about other ingredients. Like, for example, should I have coconut oil in my kitchen pantry?

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on May 27, 2013
at 06:47 PM

Green onion is fantastic. I have a small garden growing in my backyard with fresh green onion and other vegetables. I will try it sometime! Hopefully my culinary skills get better in due time lol

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on May 27, 2013
at 06:45 PM

That all sounds amazing.. I'm all for bacon fat and fresh garlic and what not haha. Thanks for your suggestion

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on May 27, 2013
at 06:45 PM

That sounds really good! I am a huge fan of raw garlic believe it or not. Sometimes I just eat garlic raw with some of my food, and garlic is great for you!

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on May 24, 2013
at 06:36 PM

Tammy: The flavor depends more on the type of oil. They can remove the flavor, but it takes more processing and money to do that. You will need to weigh how much you want to spend against the flavor issue and make your decision then. Personally I like the hint of coconut so I don't buy the cheaper stuff.

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on May 24, 2013
at 04:33 PM

I normally sautee my vegetables in a pan with the EVOO. I notice it has an olive taste to my vegetables but if I change over to coconut oil would that make my vegetables taste like coconut too?

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on May 24, 2013
at 04:21 PM

Coconut oil has high-smoke temp. You NEVER want EVOO to smoke -- it's unhealthy and ruins the flavor for that matter. Coconut oil is also indicated for helping heal gut issues. Even if you don't believe you have them, it's nice to have that built-in protection. I always keep EVOO (a good flavored one) for dressing, only. I can't do even grassfed dairy, so that's out for me. I also cook with bacon fat as it's also a fantastic flavor (I grew up a true Hillbilly in the Ozark Mtns, so we used 'bacon grease' for every thing).

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on May 24, 2013
at 04:16 PM

Thanks for your suggestion. Can you give an example of how you incorporate your must-have's in your daily cooking? I understand the use of turmeric and rosemary, but how would you use your cocoa powder? Is it primarily for baking or do you use it when you cook your meals?

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on May 24, 2013
at 03:57 PM

Thanks for your suggestions. I'm curious as to why you prefer coconut oil? I've been using olive oil for a long time, and there are a ton of things out there for me that are yet to be discovered or explored

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on May 25, 2013
at 05:36 AM

Coconut oil/ bacon fat and butter are my top cooking choices when it comes to my oils.

Everything else comes down to spices, which, no meal is complete without:

Smoked Paprika - if you've never had it, it adds such great Smokey deep flavor and you use it sparingly, which means it lasts longer.

Salt & Pepper, the PB&J of the cooking world, but I find so many people just don't use them to their fullest potential, taking sweet potatoes for example, cooked and cubed, then fried in bacon fat with lots of salt and pepper...so simple but so damned good!

Garlic Powder, goes to all my meats as well as clove garlic.

Onion Powder goes to all my meats as well!

Chili flakes, because I like it hot! And because they break down nicely and I never bite into a piece of chili

Not a spice, but something for flavor has been green onion for me lately. I've been cooking up mushrooms cooked in lots of butter low and slow. Make some white rice cooked in chicken or bone broth with lots of butter, take as much green onion as you can stand and add it into a hot pan with your favorite oil, I usually go with bacon fat here, let it cook alone for about a minute/ minute and a half, then add in your rice and mushrooms and let everything marry...I've also been throwing in an egg just to beef up the protein and fat a bit...give it a try, sooo tasty!

Truth.

B51aeec770441ef05ada7c4a3dd99526

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on May 27, 2013
at 06:47 PM

Green onion is fantastic. I have a small garden growing in my backyard with fresh green onion and other vegetables. I will try it sometime! Hopefully my culinary skills get better in due time lol

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on May 25, 2013
at 05:04 AM

I like a blend of raw garlic, lemon, olive oil, coconut oil, salt, and pepper. It goes in a little squirt bottle in my fridge. When I'm starving, I just throw meat on a skillet, squirt some on, and everything is fraiche.

(Then deglaze, add lots of vegetables, add rice, crack a couple eggs / scramble in the middle, a little tamari or coconut aminos.. you got yourself some paleo fried rice to go with that meat.)

A couple yams / carrots to snack on, and that's my essentials.

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on May 27, 2013
at 06:45 PM

That sounds really good! I am a huge fan of raw garlic believe it or not. Sometimes I just eat garlic raw with some of my food, and garlic is great for you!

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on May 24, 2013
at 04:09 PM

I can't live without:

  1. Turmeric
  2. Cocoa powder
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Rosemary
  5. Rendered beef suet

B51aeec770441ef05ada7c4a3dd99526

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on May 24, 2013
at 04:16 PM

Thanks for your suggestion. Can you give an example of how you incorporate your must-have's in your daily cooking? I understand the use of turmeric and rosemary, but how would you use your cocoa powder? Is it primarily for baking or do you use it when you cook your meals?

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on May 24, 2013
at 03:53 PM

Coconut oil is awesome, definitely get some for cooking. Have a few other cooking fats also like grass fed butter, tallow, bacon fat to switch things up. Good salt and some spices are good to have also. I like smoked paprika. Canned fish like sardines are good for snacks or along with an easy meal.

B51aeec770441ef05ada7c4a3dd99526

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on May 24, 2013
at 04:33 PM

I normally sautee my vegetables in a pan with the EVOO. I notice it has an olive taste to my vegetables but if I change over to coconut oil would that make my vegetables taste like coconut too?

B51aeec770441ef05ada7c4a3dd99526

(1)

on May 24, 2013
at 03:57 PM

Thanks for your suggestions. I'm curious as to why you prefer coconut oil? I've been using olive oil for a long time, and there are a ton of things out there for me that are yet to be discovered or explored

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on May 24, 2013
at 04:21 PM

Coconut oil has high-smoke temp. You NEVER want EVOO to smoke -- it's unhealthy and ruins the flavor for that matter. Coconut oil is also indicated for helping heal gut issues. Even if you don't believe you have them, it's nice to have that built-in protection. I always keep EVOO (a good flavored one) for dressing, only. I can't do even grassfed dairy, so that's out for me. I also cook with bacon fat as it's also a fantastic flavor (I grew up a true Hillbilly in the Ozark Mtns, so we used 'bacon grease' for every thing).

E6c14efded576a0bea38a2fe2beced6a

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on May 24, 2013
at 06:36 PM

Tammy: The flavor depends more on the type of oil. They can remove the flavor, but it takes more processing and money to do that. You will need to weigh how much you want to spend against the flavor issue and make your decision then. Personally I like the hint of coconut so I don't buy the cheaper stuff.

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on May 25, 2013
at 05:13 AM

Bacon fat, turmeric ground and fresh, garlic, sea salt, dried herbs, lemons/oranges, mustard, ginger fresh, and coconut butter just because it tastes awesome!

B51aeec770441ef05ada7c4a3dd99526

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on May 27, 2013
at 06:45 PM

That all sounds amazing.. I'm all for bacon fat and fresh garlic and what not haha. Thanks for your suggestion

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