To cook real food daily, you’re going to need a few key items. Here are my top ten kitchen essentials for a traditional foods kitchen.
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What do you think? What would you add to this list?
Y’all know I am a lover of real food. Give me all the fresh herbs, grass-fed beef, fermented veggies and raw dairy. The quartz countertops in this old farmhouse kitchen never look complete without a bubbly bowl of sourdough, a day old mason jar of milk with the whey separating, and veggies fermenting in the corner.
Some of the tasks of a traditional foods kitchen can sound daunting, but with the right routine and the right tools they just become second nature. Today I want to share those tools, that make these tasks flow smoothly, here in our home.
These essentials are work horses, that perform many different functions. They are durable and long lasting. I try desperately to avoid the unitasker in my kitchen. I like pieces that make my life easier, and are made with materials that will stand the test of time.
My Top Ten Kitchen Essentials for a Traditional Foods Kitchen
1. Mason Jars
Oh the humble, lowly mason jar. Adored by many for its rugged simplicity, the mason jar serves so many purposes in our real food kitchen. I kid you not, I have seven different shapes and sizes of mason jars gracing my cabinet shelves. Wide mouth pint jars for drinking, the half gallon size for fermenting, half pint size for vanilla making and whipped body butter…the list goes on. My traditional food kitchen wouldn’t survive one day without mason jars.
I like that they are made of glass, not plastic, and the wide mouth are so easy to clean.
Oh and did I mention the interchangeable accessories? I have Mason Top fermenting lids and Ball Sip and Straw Lids that fit the wide mouth jars. The standard jars also fit directly into my blender base.
They are multifunctional and interchangeable.
For daily kefir smoothies, our blender is a staple in the kitchen. I have this cheap Oster Blender. It has served me well for many years, despite the small price tag. I like that it is made of glass. A lot of the more expensive brands are plastic. I also like that my mason jars can fit directly into the base, which is perfect for whipping up a quick dressing or smoothie.
3. Food Processor
If you’re going to be making sauerkraut on the regular, a food processor is a must. When I logged into Amazon to find the link for the exact one I have, Amazon popped up the order notification that said ” You purchased this item on December 13, 2011.” So there you have it, six years and going strong. The Hamilton Beach 14-Cup Food Processor. This bad boy has been ‘krauting since 2011.
4. Instant Pot
This is relatively new to my kitchen, but has quickly become an essential. It has the ability to cook quickly under pressure, as well as slow cook. It also functions as a yogurt maker and works beautifully for gut healthy bone broth. I prefer it to a crock pot because it can do so much more, and for the stainless steel insert. I have read questionable things about lead in other slow cooker inserts. It may take up precious countertop real estate, but it definitely earns its keep.
5. Stainless Steel Cookware
My husband’s grandma bought us a nice set of stainless steel cookware for our wedding shower over ten years ago. I …
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