My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Everyday Items

Written by: Kristin Jekielek

To kick off the My Paleo Kitchen Tools Series, we're going to look at the everyday basics everyone should have. Regardless of how often you cook, these items really are essential.

These items get the most use on a daily basis. You want to make sure they’re

  • Made out of safe, non-reactive materials
  • Durable
  • Comfortable to use
  • Priced so that you can quickly replace a piece if something gets ruined

These are the items I personally use on a daily basis cooking for 1 person (that’s me!); I would be absolutely at a loss without them.

  • 1 Medium skillet
  • 1 Small pot
  • Cutting board
  • A sharp knife
  • Knife sharpener

I have specific standards for each of these items. Much like the ingredients of the food I eat, I’m very particular about the ingredients that went into making my kitchen tools.

The Everyday Skillet

I’m starting with my favorite kitchen tool: my cast iron skillet. I personally love, love, love cooking with cast iron. It heats evenly, retains heat well, and caramelizes onions like a dream. Plus it doubles as a self defense weapon!

Cast iron does require a little special maintenance, but I think it’s absolutely worth it to create a non-stick surface that is also non-toxic. The process for creating a non-stick surface on cast iron is known as “seasoning”.

I season my 8” skillet with lard I make myself from pastured pigs. If you go with store bought lard, make sure it is NOT hydrogenated, not even partially. That is how trans fats are created. Also be aware that it most likely came from factory farmed pigs. This article outlines the simple process of seasoning a cast iron skillet.

My cast iron skillet has been handed down from my great grandmother to my grandmother to me (my mom got other skillets – she wasn’t left out). I have purchased and recommend Lodge brand cast iron skillets if you need to buy new. You can also look for them at yard sales. 8 – 10” skillets are great for everyday use.

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A Small Pot

I prefer to boil my water for tea and to reheat bone broth on the stove instead of in the microwave. This makes a small 1 quart sauce pan a staple. If you frequently boil water for more than 1 or 2 people, you’ll want to get a larger pot for everyday use.

I prefer stainless steel pots with copper bottoms. The copper provides excellent heat distribution for even cooking, while stainless steel keeps the price point reasonable. Stainless steel is also non-reactive, so there are no worries about chemicals leaching into your food (unlike Teflon).

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Everyday Cutting Board

The cutting board gets a ton of use as I’m chopping veggies for salad, carving a whole chicken, or slicing lemons for my water.

I prefer to use wooden cutting boards. It turns out that wood contains natural anti-bacterial properties that help to prevent contamination. Wood cutting boards are actually safer to use than plastic!

It’s a good practice to always have two cutting boards on hand – one for fresh produce and the other for raw meats. Even though wood will help reduce your chances of contamination, it’s still smart to minimize your exposure.

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A Sharp Knife

While I dream of having a top of the line knife set adorning my kitchen counter, that just isn’t an option right now. Instead of settling for a middle of the road knife, I choose to go ultra cheap and sharpen often.

I bought this stainless steel knife for only $15. I sharpen it every few days to maintain a good edge. 

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A Knife Sharpener

A basic knife sharpener is all I need to keep my cheap blade sharp enough for thinly slicing tomatoes, onions, and just about everything else.

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So these are my Everyday Kitchen Tools that I simply couldn’t do without. Think I missed something? Tell me in the comments what else you use every day!

Next week I’ll post about my favorite Stovetop Cooking Tools.

 

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