Julie Quates

What are your must have kitchen tools/gadgets?

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Congratulations! I love my Victorinox knives, julienne peeler, food processor, bench scraper, 2 cutting boards( one for meat one for produce), immersion blender , sheet pans and all clad pans. The pans are expensive, but I have had mine for over 15 yrs and they are like new ! The knives are reasonably priced and have also held up really well over time.

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Julie, we just got married in July and either had or registered for just about everything Tom mentioned - we had a wok but weren't using it so gave it away. We've got a small galley kitchen so had to get creative with storing stuff -we went with pegboard, Julia Child-style, and a magnetic knife strip. I'd also add that you'll want a pot for soups and broths. Oh, and you may have this already, a wooden spoon.

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My absolute #1 favorite thing is a double boiler I got for christmas that also has a steamer pot. I use it almost every day for veggies. I chop up whatever and plop some coconut oil & spices on it and let it steam, stirring a couple times. I'm not positive what brand mine is, but it is similar to this:

http://www.target.com/p/range-kleen-double-boiler-steamer-insert-set-silver-3-quart/-/A-12271668?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=|12271668&CPNG=kitchen&ci_sku=12271668&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=

#2 is a butcher block. I don't know what I would do without it. For meats I use those cheap plastic ones. They clean up the best ;)

http://www.catskillcraftsmen.com/Boards/1814.html

I ordered this one on amazon because I had a gift card & a prime membership so I ended up paying like $20 for it. It's awesome!!

Definitely a cast iron skillet and I absolutely LOVE my Le Creuset French Oven:

I believe I have the 7 qt, and I also have a little oval one, I think it's 3 qts. You can get a good deal on these at TJMaxx or Tuesday Morning. http://cookware.lecreuset.com/cookware/product_7-1%2F4-qt.-Round-French-Oven_10151_-1_20002_10139_21056

Also, I think everyone should have a Kitchenaid mixer, although if you are going to stick to paleo eating, it might not be so useful. I really want the food grinder & sausage stuffer attachment for mine. It's awesome for shredding baked chicken, too!

Since doing the W30 I have put a lot more miles on my food processor. They are amazing for so many things! I also have a mini chopper that is wonderful for infusing garlic and spices together!

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Laura B: Great suggestions. We were already blessed with a bright green KitchenAid mixer for a gift. It hasn't made it out of the box yet!!! Also were gifted an Excalibur Dehydrator that I'm sure will get used sooner than later.

The LaCreuset oven is on my registry! Hope I score that one!!

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I'm not a huge gadget person. In fact, my friend took me to one of those kitchen parties and I kept turning to her and saying "I would just use my knife". :) She didn't invite me to one again.

However, I love this item. It's so fun to cut zuc and other items into weird shapes. Certainly not necessary because you can easily use a regular veggie peeler to make zucc strips, but I love this.

http://www.amazon.com/World-Cuisine-A4982799-Tri-Blade-Vegetable/dp/B0007Y9WHQ

Also, speaking of knives...good knives are worth their weight in gold. My favorites are my Shun 7" Santoku designed by Ken Onion. It's my pride and joy. Then I also love my meat cleaver and veggie cleaver. No clue why I decided I needed both, but I was afraid I'd break the veggie cleaver on bones.

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All of the above, plus a cheap travel blender I got for $10. It makes excellent mayo and takes a minute to clean up.

I could not live without my tongs. I have 3 pair. Also, my paring knife. If I cannot find it, I panic!

I also adore my Lunchbots storage containers.

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If you have any wealthy friends or family members or get a bunch of gift cards, a VitaMix is an awesome thing to have and it will last you forever! :)

A dehydrator is also great for making beef jerky, zucchini chips, dried fruit, etc.

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I wouldn't worry about a wok. Most household stoves don't producte enough BTUs to have the affect they should. I have one and do use it quite a bit, but it's not used for it's proper purpose. I like the high sides of it when it comes to stir frying veggies.

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Both All Clad and Le Cresuet sell large braisers (12 or 13 inches across) that are awesome. I keep my LC one on the stove - it gets used THAT much: skillet recipes, browning meat, sauteeing veggies.

Colanders/strainers . . . that can nest to save space.

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Vitamix, Kitchenaid Food Processor, electric tea kettle, anything Le Creuset, egg poaching pan or cups, hand mixer, crock pot, Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker, julienne slicer, mandolin, microplane zester, a good vegetable peeler and a stellar set of kitchen knives (I love my Cutco's), cutting boards...

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I use my mandolin daily. Nothing has saved me as much time as a mandolin. When my last one broke into was at the store the next day and my next will be a metal commercial model.

My crockpot pot is a close second. I use it to all always have bone broth cooking and available for cooking other foods without my kitchen staying hot constantly.

A good roaster is equally important to me. I adore my cast iron one for braising slow roasting stews etc before bed for lunches/dinners the next day.

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Another vote for a good quality mandolin slicer! And I use daily: my deep stainless mixing bowls, glass ball jars, good knives, all-clad cookware, a good cast iron skillet, nesting colanders, and a good coffee maker. Almost daily, I use my large crock pot and my food processor.

Oh, and since no one else has mentioned this - I love my silly little nut chopper:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/8200230/?catalogId=93&bnrid=3120901&cm_ven=Google_PLA&cm_cat=Cooks'_Tools&cm_pla=Specialized_Kitchen_Tools&cm_ite=Nut_Chopper_%7C_Williams-Sonoma&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=32-167401156-2

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I probably couldn't live without my wusthof knives and my big boos block cutting board. I use both multiple times a day every day of my life. Food prep is worlds easier with the right tools.

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LOVE my Wok. I just let my burners get it screaming hot. It's so perfectly seasoned and adds such a great browned flavor to everything.

Also...I have owned an immersion blender for years and rarely used it...until I started making mayo. It's so awesome!! Takes all of 20 seconds.

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Food Saver! We've have had ours for about.. umm.. 10 years and it is still going strong. We even have vacuum containers.

Awesome!! Is there a specific model number you recommend? Or function on yours that is a must have? Seems like there are lots of models, not sure which to put on my Christmas list :))

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