My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Big Ticket Items

Written by: Kristin Jekielek

This week I’ll cover the more expensive items I have in my kitchen. These are the items worth investing in.

  • They’ll save you lots of time
  • You'll use them very often
  • They have a multitude of uses
  • They last a long time (and should have a long-term warranty to reflect that)

There are two tools I have, and I’m very, very happy to have them:

  • Food Processor
  • Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Food Processor

I have an 11-cup Cuisinart food processor, and it’s the perfect size for making a large batch of food for guests. It’s two and a half years old, and it’s never had a problem.

Of course, it more than handles my daily requirements. I use it to make

  • pesto
  • avocado chocolate pudding
  • mashed garlic sweet potatoes
  • homemade mayo
  • shred cabbage for cole slaw and raw sauerkraut
  • blend smoothies
  • mix up a big batch of meatloaf or meatballs
  • ....a lot more than I could list here

I store it on the counter top for easy, convenient access. This tool has saved me many hours of chopping, slicing, mashing, and blending.



Le Creuset Dutch Oven

I talked about your options when buying a Dutch Oven in last week's Slow Cooking post.

I personally love having a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I have the 5.5 quart size, and I use it for

  • roasts
  • soups
  • bone broth
  • sautéing
  • caramelizing
  • steaming
  • reducing
  • frying
  • boiling tea for kombucha
  • ...and who even knows what else

They heat evenly, retain heat well, come in beautiful colors, and they’re built to last a lifetime (or several lifetimes!) without any chipping or cracking. They’re heirloom quality pieces.

They’re simple to care for, dishwasher safe, and come backed by a lifetime warranty.



So these are my Big Ticket items. Think I missed something? Tell me in the comments what else you use often! (Any Vitamix fans out there? I don't have one, so I'd love to hear what you think of them.)

Next week I’ll post about my favorite Time & Food savers.


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Georgene Lockwood


I love my vitamix. I have a cuisinart as well but you can't beat the vm for power and versatility. Two other big ticket items I would list - my fermenting crock and my big berkey water filter.



@Georgene - what do you make with your vm? I've heard great things about its soup making abilities. Also - I'm going to add a Big Berkey Water Filter to my wishlist. I've been wanting one of those for ages!


Anne Desaulniers


I LOVE my Vitamix! I mostly make my smoothies in it, but also use it for almond butter (takes one minute). I love to pre-blend chard in the Vitamix with some almond milk, then freeze in ice cube trays. I throw these into my fresh veggie/fruit smoothies instead of ice cubes. Nice and icy!

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