You already have most of the basic kitchen tools you will need to navigate a grain-free lifestyle. Here are a few utensils, equipment and products that can be helpful in preparing grain-free recipes:
- Powerful Blender.It helps to have a blender with a motor that is powerful enough not to stall when we make our Wheat Belly Detox Shakes that include ingredients such as a coarsely chopped potato or a green banana. A Vitamix handles these ingredients easily. I also tried using a less powerful NutriBullet and it handled the job without problems. If you are uncertain about the power of your blender, start by chopping your ingredients to a finer size, then see if your device handles the job. If it does, you can try increasingly
larger pieces. If it doesn’t, then you might consider purchasing a blender with more muscle
- Parchment Paper.Grain-free baking is made easier with a supply of parchment paper for baking pizzas and other dishes. You can eliminate non-stick sprays and It makes clean up much simpler. It is also much better for the environment than tin foil!
- Spiral-cutting Device. This device is used to create grain-free noodles. While formerly found only in specialty cooking stores, they are now widely available and can be found in many mainstream department stores. These devices are priceless for quickly and effortlessly creating noodles in a variety of shapes, such as spaghetti or fettuccine. The Spirelli Spiral Slicer, a spiralizer, Veggetti, Benriner Spiral Cutter, and Sur La Table Vegetable and Fruit Spiral Slicer are among the most popular.
- While a food processor works great to grind nuts and other foods, I find that cleanup is a hassle, especially if it’s used with any frequency or for small jobs, such as grinding a handful of nuts.
To reduce the cleanup time, I often use a food chopper. KitchenAid sells one for around $35, among others. Even a coffee grinder can get the job done with less time needed for cleanup. To reduce the cleanup time, I often use a food chopper. KitchenAid sells one for around $35, among others. Even a coffee grinder can get the job done with less time needed for cleanup.
- Slow Cooker (Crock-Pot).Using this appliance allows me to make almost any recipe with minimal time and effort. Many of us only think of using a slow cooker to prepare heavier foods which are usually eaten in the cooler months. Use it all year round, even during the warmer seasons. I create delicious grain-free meals without having to spend time standing over the stove or heating up the kitchen by using the oven. With our busy lifestyles, we don’t always have the time or energy to cook a meal in the evening. Just think about it; there’s nothing like coming home after a long day to the aroma of a delicious, hot meal waiting for you. Using a slow cooker is a great alternative to grabbing carryout. You will know that your meal is safe from grains because you prepared it!
Having the right tools makes every task easier!
Yours in grainless health,
Dr. William Davis
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A friend talked me into getting an electric pressure cooker last year.
You might want to add it to gizmos for the kitchen,as it’s a wonderful device.
I’d never used one before,because quite frankly,I was afraid of the things. However,
mine is goof proof and I even make yogurt in the thing! Not only does it cook fast,if
your not around,it keeps your meal warm till you get around to eating.
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An alternative to slow cookers would be a pressure cookers. Instead of cooking slower than a pot and stove, pressure cookers cook faster than a pot and stove. It works when you’re short on time.
The best of both worlds would be the programmable stand-alone pressure cookers which do double duty as slow cookers.
Internet searches are your friend.
I’ve used a slow cooker for some years but only recently started using it at night. I put the meat in with a little water & turn it on low before I go to bed. By morning it’s completely done & falling off the bones. I then have cold meat for lunch.
The good doctor didn’t mention it, but a stick blender is wonderful for making salad dressings & cream soups.
We’ve used a sous vide. It makes
cheap cuts of meat taste like filet
mignon. Just about no clean-up.
I’ve heard of this method of cooking but am unfamiliar with it. I am not totally grain-free, but eat very little in grains, and love to see the recipes and hints here, and appreciate learning all that I can. I follow a program from Canada that is very similar, but does allow very limited grains, perhaps as I go I will eliminate them completely.
I must do some research on this cooking method and give it a try! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!! I found the cooking blog, Gourmet Girl Cooks from a Wheat Belly Facebook site, and I love her recipes… Thanks to all who share their expertise here, how I appreciate learning from all of you! :)
I met Dr. Davis in person at a speaking engagement in Hamilton, Ontario with Janet Jacks and Goodness Me Natural Foods. What a pleasure to meet him in person, he was so kind, helpful, and very approachable, what an inspiration to meet this doctor who has brought our knowledge of healthy eating and living so far above where it was previously. I cannot wait to see what we continue to learn from him, sending my gratitude to him.
I have used baby food to go into a blender with eggs, butter, coconut oil, some spices. I use the lower carb baby food, or just use 1/2 of a big jar. I have found some 1/2 price at Big Lots(some organic). I even found some of those squeezable ones with potatoes and vegetables mixed. My blender will blend green plantains cut up. Cooking some vegetables the night before, will also make it easy to go into a blender. The boiling water cooks the eggs when added to the blender. Recipes can be endless for such smoothies, and will substitute for a meal.
Cindy C wrote: «I use the lower carb baby food…»
What product is that?
«The boiling water cooks the eggs when added to the blender.»
When the budget doesn’t mind, pasteurized raw eggs are available in the U.S. market. These are stamped ℗ (if that P-in-a-circle renders here).
And to add to the equipment suggestions, Ninja brand blenders are also pretty stout.
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Bob, I always appreciate your comments. The baby foods that end up at Big Lots are probably discontinued varieties. I just check the sugar/carb amount on the label. Some contain mostly vegetables. I have seen a few that have avocado mixed in them, but those are not very low carb. If a carb content is still kind of high in a big jar, I use only have of it, and save the rest for the next day.
Cindy C wrote: «The baby foods that end up at Big Lots are probably discontinued varieties.»
Most of what’s at BL (and Tuesday Morning) is distressed merchandise of one kind or another:
► discontinued products
► products near, or beyond, expiration date
► products from train and trailer wrecks
► inventory from failed retail chains
► overstocks of products that just didn’t sell well
► I wouldn’t rule out customer returns at other chains either
There are also BL house brand products that are new, and of uncertain quality.
We’ll drop in a BL or TM from time to time when passing by anyway, and on infrequent occasions do find some food product bargains. Be sure to check expiration dates.
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