Green Christmas Guide: Kitchen Tools and Books


I have been grateful for the kitchen tools I have that make my life easier. That isn’t to say that I’ve loved everything I have ever bought, but the following tools and books I think are gift worthy.

Cooking healthy food from scratch can be a time commitment and while it’s worth the work, any tool that makes it easier and less stressful is a plus. I have to say that the kitchen tools I’ve gotten as gifts have been some of the most well-loved gifts I’ve ever gotten.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Stay tuned for much more!

Kitchen Tools

Cuisinart Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System: This is a new tool that I recently bought and have been really happy with it. It’s like the personal blenders or the bullet blenders in that you can make just one smoothie at a time (using the small container on the left-there are 4 of them- which you fit with the blade and turn upside down). But it also has the full blender size, which you use just like a regular blender. Plus, it also has a different blade and container that is suitable for grinding flax and chia seeds as well as spices and nuts. I have been using this baby everyday! I love that it has a small kitchen footprint, so it doesn’t take up too much room on my counter. It’s so multi-use, it’s gotten a lot of wear and tear and held up very well so far. It has a powerful motor, so it handles frozen fruit for smoothies with ease. And it’s really a good price too. On Amazon right now, it’s only a little over $60 dollars, which isn’t bad for a high quality blender like this is. Only disadvantage: It won’t blend really large amounts. So if you are making super size smoothies for a large family, this may not be the best bet. However, it’s great for taking a bit of your nourishing meal, and blending it up for baby food! I’ve really appreciated that recently with a 13 month old in the house!

KitchenAid Hand Bender: I’ve had one of these for the last four years and I love it! It’s great for making homemade mayonnaise, but what I use it most for is blending soups. It’s so, so easy to just stick this in a large pot of soup, and blend it for creamy soups that are delicious and easy for little ones to enjoy too! It’s been a lifesaver when trying to get my 5 year old to eat more bone broths. But it’s also great for adults, because creamed soups are delicious at any age.

Cuisinart Ice-Cream Maker: My dear mother-in-law gave my husband and me this ice cream maker early in our marriage and it certainly has gotten a lot of use! It’s wonderful for making healthier ice creams, and especially nice for those sensitive to common ice cream ingredients, such as dairy, sugar, and food dyes. In just about 30 minutes, you can have homemade ice cream!

Excalibur Food Dehydrator: This is a wonderful tool that is actually much more versatile than I thought. You can use it to make beef jerky, dehydrate soaked nuts, make nut granola, make temperature perfect yogurt, dry fruits and vegetables, and I am even thinking of using it when soaking my grains so as to keep them at the perfect temperature.

Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set: I bought this set a few weeks ago and they have literally been in use since the moment I unpacked them. In fact, for this picture I had to gather bowls from the counter and refrigerator as they were literally all in use at the time. Yup, I definitely recommend this set! I love that they have the lids, so convenient.

World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer: Raw foodists have long used these tools to make zucchini noodles. But vegetables noodles are great for everyone! Watch this video to see how it works.

Cookbooks

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats: The title says it all. This cookbook, and the work of Sally Fallon Morell in general,  has helped so many of us discover “real food”. More than a cookbook, it’s a textbook. Everyone should have a copy!

Wild Fermentation: This is great add-on to Nourishing Traditions as it has many recipes for making lacto-fermented vegetables and more.

Fresh: Nourishing Salads for all Seasons: I wrote this book as I wanted to have a salad cookbook that was based on real food, practical, family friendly, and delicious. These are the salads that we love in our family. Keep an eye out for my Black Friday special!

Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland’s Heritage: This cookbook is a fun look at traditional Irish food. It not only has some delicious recipes in it, but makes an interesting read for any foodie.

KimiHarris

I love beautiful and simple food that is nourishing to the body and the soul. I wrote Fresh: Nourishing Salads for All Seasons and Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons as another outlet of sharing this love of mine. I also love sharing practical tips on how to make a real food diet work on a real life budget. Find me online elsewhere by clicking on the icons below!

Comments

  1. says

    Kimi did you move? It looks like a different kitchen. I was wondering what brand the electric kettle in the backgroud is? I bought one from costco but is has some plastic in it and is starting to break. Thanks for sharing your video, kitcen tools and books. I have a few of those things but can’t wait till I’m able to add more of them to my kitchen/library. :)

  2. Karen B says

    I like the idea of the Cuisinart Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System, I actually found out that the blade from a regular size blender fits into a canning jar. I use this to make individual things. I works great and the cost is even better. I have an Oster so I am not sure if this works for every brand. Also, it works with the regular jars, not wide mouth.

  3. Michelle says

    I have been wanting a blender like the one you describe, and it looks really nice, but I don’t like that the containers are made from plastic. The manufacturer says they are BPA free, but there are many other BPA-like things in plastic that are just as harmful, if not more harmful. Have you heard of any blenders that use glass jars?

    • KimiHarris says

      Our first blender was this model
      from Oster. It’s not very expensive and has a glass container for the blender. It did kind of fall apart (the rubber parts near the blade) in a few years, and was very loud, so we didn’t re-buy it. But it is glass!

    • KimiHarris says

      HA! Yeah, I noticed that too (I also noticed my bad grammar, but let’s not go into that right now! These are one shot, no rehearsal videos. It shows. ;-) )

  4. Judy says

    Kimi, Thanks so much for the reviews. I found the music in the video kind of overpowered your voice, so it was a little hard to follow. I so appreciate all of your work.

    • KimiHarris says

      Thanks, Judy, for letting me know. We’ve found that sometimes the levels sound fine on our computer, but don’t work well for others on their computer. I am not sure why that is, but we will try to make any music less distracting in the future. :-)

  5. Paula says

    Thanks for the great ideas, Kimi. An Excalibur dehydrator has been on my list for ages, but I can’t make up my mind because of the plastic issue. As you said in one of your comments: “plastic and heat is a no-no”… I understand that the dehydrator uses very low temperatures, but still. I would love to be convinced that it’s not problem!

    • says

      Unfortunately, I just learned that Excalibur dehydrators contain BPA so I would not recommend buying it. If you are looking for a dehydrator, you should check out the new Sonoma one from Tibest. It is BPA-free. I am still using my Excalibur because I dehydrate a lot but I am very concerned about the BPA in it. I wish I could somehow trade my Excalibur in for a Sonoma but they are expensive. I also understand there is a stainless steel dehydrator out there but I don’t know much about it.

      Also I just learned the “Teflex” sheets that come with the excalibur dehydrator are coated in Teflon (yuck). The Sonoma has similar sheets you can buy without Teflon although I understand they are not as non-stick, as you can imagine.

  6. says

    Do you have any hot air popper recommendations? Or would you say stick with the stainless steel whirley pop type apparatus? Putting together my Christmas wish list…

  7. Lallon says

    I make smoothies every day and have been using a hand blender. I got the Cuisinart blender and used the chopper for my chia seeds, flax seeds, cardamom, and crystallized ginger. Then dumped it in a cup with my fruit, homemade kefir and a few other goodies. My favorite smoothie ever! Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. says

    Kimi or anyone who can guide me, Since the sugar cleanse I’ve felt inspired to do more. I made the zucchini millet muffins yesterday (normally I don’t bake) and made a spontaneous purchase of a VitaMix. It is BPA free (bullet-proof pseudo glass of supposedly highest quality, of course glass would be best.) Before I decide to keep it – do you have any thoughts on heating things up by the sheer speed of the blades? Apparently they rotate at 240 mph and heat soups by spinning them for 6-7 minutes – of course all the (raw) vegetables are completely smooth liquid by then with no texture. Is this in line with NT cooking? Another reason I bought it is for grinding flour (fine grains like millet) and making “juice.” Unlike traditional juicers this pulverizes things so finely that one can drink veggies/fruits like a juice without extracting the pulp. I just want to get a good start on this. Thanks so much for everything. This sugar cleanse has been quite humbling.

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