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Kitchen tools for nutritional cooking

You’re probably wondering how much you’ll have to change and what it’s going to cost you to level up your kitchen tools.

Once you commit to experimenting with nutritional cooking, preparing your kitchen does not need to be a daunting endeavor, nor does it have to be costly.

Whether you live in a studio apartment or a large family home, your kitchen just needs to function optimally and smartly.

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Steps to prepping your cooking space:

  1. Clear your countertops. Yes, that means wiping down and then surface disinfecting. Make it like the chefs do and make it spotless!
  2. Rearrange cabinets so that foods, utensils, and eating ware are all housed separately.

5 Essential kitchen tools you need for nutritional cooking

1. Blender

A Vitamix or similar will do. Preferably a vented one in case your ingredients are still warm. Chef’s note: Safety first.

2. Spiralizing tool

There are many versions and brands to choose from. See the version I use in my kitchen.

3. Chopping board

Wooden or Marble is best. You’ll have to ditch plastic after a while once they start emitting a smell. That smell is usually bacteria.

4. Nut Milk Bag

This is essential for any kind of straining, in particular nuts and seeds when making homemade non-dairy milk.

This tool is amazing because the pulp that’s left over inside the nut milk bag can be emptied onto a Silpat® mat and dried in the oven or dehydrator to make the meal (‘flour’ base for baking). Of course, this will apply to most types of nuts and seeds.

5. Chopping Knife

A Chef’s knife (there’s only one kind) and a Pairing knife.

Checklist for extra kitchen tools:

Food Processor

A basic version with three settings is sufficient ie. A Pulse, Slow, and High-speed setting.

Juicer (machine) or a juicing tool

A centrifugal machine is pricey but a worthy investment. Otherwise a Nutribullet®.

If neither is an option, use your Blender and your nut milk bag3.

Mixing bowls

Three sizes ie. Large, medium, small.

Chopping Knives – the rest of the set

A Chef’s knife (there’s only one kind) and a Pairing knife.

Knife sharpener

A Chef’s knife (there’s only one kind) and a Pairing knife.

Pyrex dish

Skillet. Non-stick or cast iron.

Grating tools

The traditional stainless steel box style is perfect if you already have one.

Peeling tools

Invest in a good brand. They usually come with well-designed handles for safe gripping and control. I recommend OXO or Victorinox.

Ice cube tray

The flexible silicone ones are easier for removing frozen cubes.

Glass or Stainless Steel Carafe

For homemade milk or juice.

Mason jars

For storing ingredients or homemade condiments. Resealable zip-lock plastic bags are fine but not for longer than 3-6 months. Even if it states ‘BPA free’.

Other kitchen tools you may need for healthy food prep

There are lots of cute and nifty tools out there to do the simplest things that you know your hands are perfectly capable of handling.

But, when your cooking skills and technique evolve you’ll extra things just to maximise your meal prep time. This couldn’t be more relevant if you’re a busy working mom.

Gadgets like lemon and avocado storage containers and kale leaf separators can save you lots of time and money.

So, keep a lookout for these wonderful add-ons as your budget allows. But remember to have fun using what you already have and don’t get too hung up on getting it all at once.

Upgrading your kitchen tools to align with your new cooking skills

As mentioned above, do this when your budget allows for it. A good rule of measure I follow is to upgrade as your cooking skills evolve.

The only way to know exactly what you need (and want) is by way of cooking experience and nutritional knowledge. Once you’ve cooked with it, you’ll make a note of what worked and what didn’t as well as what you needed in terms of equipment during the experience and what you didn’t.

What to do with outdated kitchen tools

An efficient kitchen and cooking space is clean and clear of unnecessary clutter.

So unless it has sentimental value, consider donating it if it’s still hygienic enough to cook with.

Pantry

Even though we’re discussing kitchen tools & equipment, it’s always good to tackle your pantry organization too when you first start with nutritional cooking.

  1. Glass-jar all ingredients and waterproof label them with MNF1 and EXP2 dates.
  2. Check all utensils and food processing equipment. See what you’ll still need to buy or borrow (kitchen equipment checklist).
  3. Create a light and temperature-appropriate space for fresh produce.
  4. Separate areas in the cabinets, shelves, and fridge for nutritional foods and ingredients.

Note: If you’re living with people, don’t convert them to your way of eating. Be open-minded. Keep cooking and inspire them with your nutritious meals.

Set aside some masking tape or blank stickers and a marker. Decant all your spices into glass mason jars (reduce plastic) and label them per their name and expiry date.

Now move on to your flours, grains, herbal teas, nuts, seeds, etc. The idea is that you can start visually separating the non-gluten and non-allergen-containing ingredients from the rest.

Now move on to your fridge and freezer and apply the same principles. Where it’s not feasible to label containers for your fridge or freezer, it’s best to separate those containers into groups.

For example, you can group low-sodium soy sauce, vegan mayonnaise, ginger, garlic, and raw coconut into a section of Antimicrobials or Non-Allergens.

Conclusion

As you can see, you don’t have to break the bank by splurging on new tools and equipment. I’m a firm advocate for using what you already have.

Once you learn as much as you need to know about healthy and healing foods and their nutritional components, and what they can do for you, you’ll be cooking from scratch almost all of the time.

And with this cooking technique, you’ll be inspired to maximize the use of each tool you already have in your kitchen because you’ll want to find as many uses for that tool as you can.

Based on all the inspiring recipes you’re going to create, you’ll want to know what and how much each tool can do for you, especially in terms of extracting as much nutritional value as possible.

More resources on kitchen tools and equipment

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Feel free to leave a comment below if there’s a kitchen tool or type of cooking equipment you’d like more information on and how it can be useful in cooking healthy foods.

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*cravenutritionalcooking.com does not give medical advice. Where there is a reference to it, the phrasing is used to illustrate a point or give context to food and cooking for nutrition. It is not related to a specific condition or any specific individual. Always consult your healthcare professional for medical and dietetic advice before embarking on any type of eating plan or ingesting nutritional supplements.

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