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.
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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.
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.