9 Kitchen Utensils That Will Make Your Life Way Easier on Paleo
Whether you’re just starting out on the Paleo diet or you’re a seasoned Primal veteran, saving time in the kitchen is probably still at the top of your list of priorities. After all, cooking the old-fashioned way is all very well and good when you’ve got the time… But when life starts getting hectic, the last thing you want to do is waste time and prepare your food inefficiently!
I love cooking and can quite happily spend a few hours in the kitchen at the weekend (especially if I’m meal prepping for the week ahead). When my schedule starts filling up, though, I want to get things done fast… But without compromising on quality or taste! Luckily, with this set of kitchen tools and utensils at my disposal, I make quick work of any Paleo cooking I need to do and get all the nutrition I need without tearing my hair out.
Without any further ado, here are the 7 kitchen utensils you need to make your life way easier on the Paleo diet!
1. A food processor
Food processors are the Holy Grail of meal prep: you can shred, dice and slice vegetables without ever lifting a finger, combine ingredients for meatballs and meatloaves without breaking a sweat, and even make deliciously smooth nut butters without tons of clean up. They’ll save you a ton of time and effort, making them one of the most useful weapons in your arsenal for Paleo cooking. I’ve had this one for years and I love it!
2. A blender
Blenders are pretty great, aren’t they? They’re perfect for making delicious, nutritious smoothies, whizzing up sauces or blending soups into the perfect consistency. You can go high-tech with a high-speed blender (the Vitamix is perfect for making silky smooth nut butters) but you can make perfectly tasty smoothies and bulletproof coffee in something less high-powered, like this Nutri Ninja blender (it’s the one I use!).
3. BPA-free storage containers
If you’re doing lots of meal prep (which you should be doing on Paleo), a great quality set of BPA-free storage containers is an absolute must. These are particularly useful: they’re free of any nasty chemicals (meaning they are safe for you and the environment), they’re microwave-/dishwasher-/freezer-safe, they’re stackable (don’t underestimate the importance of this!) and they’re the perfect size for a single-serving portion of food. In other words, they’re the perfect ally for any of your meal prepping needs!
4. An immersion blender
While this isn’t strictly speaking an essential, it’s definitely a nifty little tool to have for when you’re preparing big batches of soup or whipping up your own, homemade mayonnaise. Another thing that is great about it is that it’s much less bulky than a traditional blender! Just store it away in a drawer and whip it out when you need it. This one is pretty great!
5. A spiralizer (or julienne peeler)
If you used to eat a pasta-heavy diet before starting on Paleo, the spiralizer (or its little sister, the julienne peeler) will be your new best friend. They’ll make quick work of most vegetables, including zucchini (perfect for zoodles – I love this recipe!), sweet potatoes and beets. The sky’s the limit! If you were worried about having to say goodbye to your beloved fettucini al fredo, fret no more – just invest in a good-quality spiralizer, and you’re all set.
6. A great set of knives
There’s nothing worse than blunt knives when you’re trying to work quickly in the kitchen – especially with Paleo, which requires that you work with a lot of meat and poultry. Purchasing a set of beautifully weighted, razor-sharp chef’s knives may seem like a bit of an investment at first, but trust me: once you own your own set of “proper” knives, you’ll never want to go back to “normal” knives.
Now, you can go the steel route, or you can do what I did and go the ceramic route. (Here are the ones I use – they are A-W-E-S-O-M-E.) They both have their advantages, but I love my ceramic knives because they are the sharpest knives I’ve ever owned. Just keep them away from your kids!
7. A slow cooker (or Instant Pot)
Slow cookers make your life so much easier on Paleo – especially if you have a job and you’re away from the house for long stretches of time. I love loading mine up with veggies and a few bits of protein in the morning. All I then need to do is season, turn the slow-cooker on low, and hey presto – a delicious meal is waiting for me when I get home from work. It’s pretty genius!
If you want to level up and get an appliance that has pretty much everything going for it, you might want to look into the Instant Pot (check it out right here). It’s a slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, frying pan and lots of other things in one, which means you’ll be saving tons of space in the kitchen and there’ll be less clean up to deal with, too. Plus, it’s great for stews, roasts and bone broth – in other words, perfect for any of your Paleo needs!
8. Silicone baking cups
Silicone baking cups are a life-saver when you cook a lot of Paleo muffins (both savoury and sweet). Sure, you could go the old-fashioned route and use a metal muffin tin with paper liners, but silicone cups are just as cheap and require so little clean up that they’ll save you tons of time. Plus, you can wave goodbye to losing half of your muffins – without even bothering with greasing, your muffins will pop right out of these cups. They’re pretty brilliant, and one of my favourite kitchen utensils ever!
(These are the ones I use – they’re so rad that we’re giving a set away for free, so don’t miss out!)
9. A garlic press
Okay… This is definitely more of a “nice to have” item, but when you eat as much garlic as I do (what? It’s good for you!), a garlic press becomes a god-send. No more spending ages meticulously mincing the little cloves – all you need to do is peel ’em, stick ’em in the press and squeeze the living life out of them. Voila – perfectly crushed garlic without having to handle them and get garlic fingers!
About The Author:
Jessica Johansen is a digital marketer, blogger and coach who specialises in wellness, fitness and nutrition. She aims to equip her readers with the tools they need to live their best lives and feel great, even on a crazy busy schedule! Please stop by Jessica Says to say hello!