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Episode 10: Essential Cooking Tools
up your kitchen for the very first time? Or just sick and tired of
your cruddy old culinary tools, like that sad-looking plastic spatula with the melted
front edge? Well, it’s time to level up!
Having the right cooking implements on hand
can mean the difference between having dinner ready in a flash and being
frustrated and defeated in the kitchen. In this episode we tell you all about our favorite culinary essentials. And don’t you worry your pretty little head—we won’t recommend anything crazy-expensive or
any one-trick ponies that’ll clutter your countertop. We won’t even suggest any
items that need to be plugged into an electrical socket. So listen in, and I’ll let you know which kitchen
tools this luddite can’t live without!
Notes & Links for Episode 10:
returning home from our Maui vacation, one of the first things on my to-do list
was to stock up our fridge and pantry. I started by heading over to Belcampo
Meat Company—our local butcher shop—to stock up on meat.
My order included
short ribs, a big pork butt, pastured eggs, and lots of ground beef. Although
well-raised meat can be expensive, I try to stick to stuff that costs less than ten bucks a pound. Cheap cuts and ground beef definitely help to stretch our food
budget. And after splurging on a lot of restaurant meals while on vacation, we definitely
scaled back this week.
Because I was
just getting back into the groove of things, I cooked a lot of garbage stir fries this week with
the ground beef from Belcampo. In fact, for four days in a row, I made garbage
stir fry for our garbage-loving family. Yes, I know that the name of the dish sounds grody and terrible, but the kids can
attest that it’s trash-tastically delicious. Besides, isn’t it always better to under-promise with a yucky name, and then over-deliver with a yummy dinner?
years, I was a kitchen gadget hoarder. If you have our cookbook or read my old
Paleo Eats posts, you probably know that I often use a number of appliances and
tools to get dinner ready, including an Instant Pot, a slow cooker, a food
processor, a super-charged Vitamix blender, a stick blender, and even our
trusty countertop toaster oven. Sometimes, I use all of those things to
prep a single meal.