Kitchen equipment

Making life a little easier

{ setting up your health food home }

*This is strictly informational and not intended as medical or nutritional advice,
nor as a substitution for medical or nutritional advice.

one of the equipment used is particularly fancy, expensive nor take up loads  of space. The main 

investment item here is a blender or food processor, though there are entry-level options such as the Ninja or Nutribullet that do a great job.

I still use a Nutribullet! The cup size is smaller and the motor less powerful than a Vitamix or Blendtec. If you are ready to do this lifestyle long term and can afford a powerful blender, then you will get your money’s worth out of it! 

 

 

Beyond that, you will likely have many if not most of the items listed below.

The few you may not own (perhaps a vegetable chopper or spiralizer) are really quite inexpensive and can be added to your kitchen as and when works for you.

If you have any questions on the items listed, feel free to ask in our Facebook group.

Essentials

{ the basic essentials I couldn’t do without }

01 BLENDER/PROCESSOR

With a blender or food processor you can effortlessly mix and ingredients in seconds and your world opens up to creating your own sauces, dips, dressings, soups, nut butters, plant-based mylk and ‘cheeses’.

02 SHARP KNIVES

One thing you will be doing a lot of on the endo diet, or any plant-based diet, is chopping and slicing. A set of sharp knives, with sharpener, is therefore a must. Want to bulk chop? Check out the choppers and slicers below.

03 CHOPPING BOARD

If you live in a mixed diet household, having coloured chopping boards in useful for keeping meat off your veggie board. Either way, I find having 2-3 chopping boards to hand helpful when cooking.

04 BASIC UTENSILS

Your basic utensils are wooden spoons, spatulas, whisk, ladle and scissors. 

05 PEELER

I don’t peel all fruit and vegetables, however, if you buy non-organic produce, it’s good to be able to peel that top layer as this is where the chemicals will be most concentrated.

I personally prefer a vegetable peeler over a peeling knife as I find them quicker to use and don’t cause hand ache, but each to their own!

06 LARGE SKILLET

I use my skillet more than I use my pans! They are so versatile.

I often forgo oil and just put a splash of water in the skillet with a lid on and lightly steam-blitz veg, 

They are also great for low-heat slow cooking the vegetables in a sauce.

07 PANS

A kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a few pans! I actually use mine for steaming veg – I rest a veg-laden sieve over a pan of boiling water and place the lid on top and simmer on the lowest setting.

For small amounts of vegetables, some lightly steamed greens say, I find it much quicker than getting out my steamer.  

A small frying pan is also included here!

08 BAKING TRAYS/DISHES

I use my baking trays frequently to roast veg.  

I use a glass or ceramic cooking dish for recipes such as the cauliflower and broccoli past bake.

Don’t forget your oven mitt!

Prep equipment

{ makes prep quicker & easier }

09 SIEVE BAG

A  sieve bag, or “nut milk bag” as it’s now often called, is basically much finer than a sieve, allowing you to make smooth mylk – so no grainy residue from the nuts or seeds (keep the pulp for other recipes).

Another way of achieving this is with a piece of cheesecloth, or even coffee filter. 

10 VEG CHOPPER/SLICER

A 10-in-1 vegetable slicer, dicer and chopper saves so much time and allows you to meal prep in advance like a ninja. 

Although these are relatively inexpensive anyway, beware of cheap imitations – especially on sites such as eBay and Amazon.

Read reviews before buying as cheap versions depict flimsy construction and weak blades that break after barely any use. 

11 FREEZER BAGS

Freezer bags are handy for doing meal prep in advance. Imagine getting all of your smoothies mixes, veg and sauces made up for the week ahead – oh to be so organised! 

TIP: If you find bananas a little starchy, freezing them helps to break down the starch content. 

Look for:

  • BPA free
  • Store liquids as well as solids 
  • Heavy duty with double zip 

12 GRATING PLATE

A quick and easy way to produce garlic and ginger paste! 

You could buy paste, however, fresh will provide you with the maximum benefits. 

For example, breaking down garlic’s cell structure by grating it and then leaving for 5-10 minutes before eating or cooking allows for the production of alliicin, which is responsible for many of garlic’s health-promoting benefits

13 MEASURING TOOLS

I’ve adopted the American cup system. It was a little weird to get my head around at first, but know I get how it works, it makes cooking a lot more natural – I can get a feel for quantities in volume easier than weight, and it’s quicker too.

So a set of cups and tsp/tbsp is what I predominately use (that and a ‘handful’ of this and a ‘handful of that).

I do have a set of scales for working with flours, and you do require more precision there.

14 STEAMER

As I mentioned above in the pans section, I often get away without using the steamer. However, if you have the space to keep it out on your worktop, then it’s ideal, especially for larger quantities of veg and better steaming precision! 

I’m just a bit lazy when it comes to dragging it out of the cupboard – probably because my cupboards are a rammed.

If you want to ditch the plastic, you get get a bamboo steamer.

15 MORTAR & PESTLE

There is evidence that mortar and pestle dates back to 35, 000 BC! 

…So you can certainly say it’s a tried and tested piece of equipment!

A mortar & pestle is the best way to make pesto and pastes.

Branching out

{ the full works ]

16 SPIRALIZER

Rice and the inappropriately “not-wheat” buckwheat noodles and spaghetti  are easy options and a good alternative to wheat-products when starting out, 

If you want to take your spaghetti and noodles to the next level, you can make your own! Courgette noodles are a popular choice, however my personal favourite is sweet potato noodles. Amazing. 

*A multi use vegetable chopper/dicer/slicer may come with a spiralizer.

17 HERB PLANTER

If you’re not green-fingered, this could seem a little daunting and perhaps a step too far. In fact, it couldn’t be much easier to grow your own herbs. 

I use a raised planter in the garden that I bought off Facebook marketplace. I went with raised as my dog like to chow down on my herbs, so you could just use large plant pots, 

With a bit of compost and some potted herbs (commonly found at supermarkets these days) you’re off and away. There’s no waiting for them to grow, you can use straight away and they replenish rapidly. 

This is so much cheaper than buying cut herbs! It’s lovely to have them too. 

If you don’t have a garden, no worries, they can be grown on a balcony, windowsill or tray in the window.

18 SPROUTING TRAY

With a sprouting tray you can sprout your own seeds, nuts and such. The sprouts are super nutritious and make a great topping or portion for the bounty bowls. 

19 FERMENTING

Fermented foods are wonderful for the gut, and about 70-80% of our immune tissue is located in the gut. 

Fermenting your own foods needn’t be complicated, though it’s a topic in it’s own right so we’ll go into fermented foods fully at a later stage. 

Fermented foods can include sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and kombucha and you can also make your own coconut yoghurt. 

20 WOK

You can do most things with your skillet, however, if you want to take your stir fries to the next level and get more skilled in the kitchen then use a wok. 

A wok enables you to cook vegetables within minutes, while retaining a good crunch. 

It’s important to not over wash a wok (no hard scrubbing), dry thoroughly straight after use and always season  (this means rubbing it with some oil so that it doesn’t rust).

                                                                                                                                           

 

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