Category: My Paleo Kitchen
This week I talk about the random little tools with multiple applications that just make life a little more convenient and can make meals more fun.
I keep all of these items in one drawer in my kitchen for fast & easy access:
Graters and zesters actually serve different purposes. Graters shave off larger chunks of stuff, whereas zesters shave off really tiny bits of stuff. Depending on what you want to grate, you’ll want different tools.
Graters are best for large chunks of things you want to break down, such as shaving down a brick of chocolate for melting, shredding a brick of cheddar goat’s milk cheese, or even making cauliflower “rice”. Instead of a grater, I use the shredder attachment on my food processor.
Zesters are perfect for delicate work, like shaving just the colorful rind off of limes and lemons, grating fresh ginger for a sauce, or grating just a bit of fresh nutmeg into a dish.
Strainers are more conventionally used to strain boiled vegetables or pasta, but they have uses in a Paleo kitchen as well.
I use mine most often for straining homemade bone broth (big stainer job) and for collecting the seeds as I squeeze lemons halves into my glass of water (little strainer job).
These just make meal time more fun. They let you create “noodles” out of almost any hard vegetable! Zucchini, carrots, eggplant, cucumbers, even sweet potatoes.
I've seen a lot of people buy big, bulky spiral slicers that create different sizes & shapes of noodles, but this little gadget works great and is very cheap if you're new to cooking.
If you take your lunch to work or find yourself eating on the road often, a portable sharp knife is going to be extremely handy.
I like this one because it stays sharp, comes with a blade cover, and is just the right size to be tucked away anywhere while still being big enough to tackle leftover steak. Plus it comes in all sorts of fun colors!
I’ve found that buying loose tea in bulk helps me avoid weird additives you so often find in boxed teas (just check the labels next time. Since when does tea need “natural flavors” added to it?). You’ll need a tea infuser to keep the little bits out of your cup.
I prefer using an infuser that sits on the rim of the cup because it gives the tea more room to expand, but the enclosed ball and chain type work just as well.
I rarely peel my produce these days because the peels can have at least as much nutrition as the inside of the vegetable, so why would I throw away all that nutrition?
However, I’ve found that vegetable peelers make awesome zucchini noodles! Simply keep peeling all the way through the zucchini to get long, wide, thin noodles.
These peelers come extra sharp, but I do recommend buying a few at once because they don't last a long time. The blades will rust and dull if you aren't diligent about keeping them completely dry right after they're washed. I think their extra sharp blade out of the package makes it worth it.
Sometimes it’s just faster to snip a bunch of herbs into a dish than it is to cut them up with a knife. Or lettuce. Or kale. Or collards. Or anything delicate and thin enough to be cut with scissors.
Since I’m growing my own produce, these are also perfect for picking fresh lettuce, kale, and herbs.
I like these ones because they come apart for easy, thorough cleaning.
So these are my Odds n’ Ends. Think I missed something? Tell me in the comments what else you use often!
Next week I’ll post about my Kitchen Tools Wish List – or what I plan on adding to my kitchen tool kit down the road.
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