Kitchen Essentials (and more)

Kitchen Essentials...the gadgets you'll need to succeed on a real food diet. #31days #JERFI firmly believe that a well equipped kitchen makes for a happy cook. Today I thought I would go over some of the essential tools for a real food kitchen. Disclosure: These are affiliate links. That means that if you choose to make a purchase through these links, I will get a small commission at no cost to you. This helps support my blogging habit.

Basic Essentials


You will be doing lots of chopping, and a good knife is worth its weight in gold. Although there are many expensive cutlery options, my favorite are these Komachi Knives (The set of 6 is on sale at Costco right now for less than $25). It’s kind of ridiculous how much I love them. We also have these Kyocera Ceramic Knives that are great, too.

Cutting Boards

Like I said, you’ll be doing lots of chopping.

Roasting / Casserole Dish

I love multipurpose dishes and find that my Pyrex Glass Baking Dishes usually get the job done.

Rimmed Cookie Sheet

Another multipurpose kitchen tool. I will admit that I rarely use them for cookies, but they are great for roasting vegetables!


Slow Cooker

My slow cooker recipe round up was extremely popular, which leads me to believe that most people would put this on their “essential” list. Slow cookers are great for when you don’t want to have the oven on for long periods of time. Pick the size that works best for you. If you work, you may want to get one with a timer that allows for hands off operation.

High Powered Blender

I don’t have a Vitamix, but I hear they are pretty awesome. We have a Ninja, which works wonderfully for our needs and was a fraction of the cost. My favorite feature is the pour spout in the lid.

Food Processor

I actually find that my blender functions pretty well as a Food Processor, but if you’re going to be doing lots of shredding and grinding, you may want to invest in a food processor.

Glass Storage Containers

If you’re spending money on organic food, you’d hate to ruin it all by having BPA seep into the food from plastic storage containers. That’s why I LOVE my Pyrex Snapware Airtight & Leakproof Glass Food Keeper Set . You can even use a dry erase marker on the lid. I also use Mason Jars for storage, leftovers, salad dressings, and fermenting.

Wok or large pan for stir fry

It was revolutionary when I finally caved and “upgraded our cookware.” Now I can make enough food for several meals of leftovers instead of having to cook every night. I recommend cast iron or stainless steel, as the non-stick cookware can cause toxins to seep into your food. We have a Lodge 12 inch Cast-Iron Skillet that we use all the time.

Salad Spinner

This is a very handy kitchen tool that I thought was ridiculous until I actually started eating greens. Our Collapsible Salad Spinner saves on storage space—although we use it so often that it is rarely collapsed.



When we were little we used to watch the Electric Food Dehydrator infomercial over and over again, begging my dad to buy us one. Ironically it is probably the one “as seen on tv” item he never bought us…until my birthday this year! I finally got the dehydrator I was wanting, and I love using it to make dried fruit, granola, and dehydrating my soaked nuts.

Rice Cooker with Steamer

I love using our Rice Cooker because it’s one less pot to have on the stove, and with the built in steamer basket you can kill two birds with one stone. Ours also functions as a slow cooker and has a timer function, although I will admit I haven’t tried out those features yet.

Immersion Blender

Although you can use a regular blender for most of the things you would use a Hand Blender for, I find that the convenience of not spraying yourself with scalding soup is worth having the extra appliance. It also comes in handy for making mayonnaise as you have to add liquid while blending.


My dishwasher’s name is Laszlo and he’s not available on amazon, but he is pretty amazing.

Electric Tea Kettle

I first experienced the magic of an Electric Kettle while living in Ireland. I was amazed at how quickly the water would heat up and it comes in handy for boiling water to make tea or reheat chicken broth.

Silicon ice cube trays

Our first plastic ice cube trays we bought cracked the first time we tried to use them. But these Silicone Ice Cube Trays are super sturdy and handy for freezing gummy treats, fruit or veggie blocks for use in smoothies, or of course, regular ice.

Jar opener

I don’t know if I have weak wrists or I’m just weird, but I can never seem to open a jar on my own. These little rubber Jar Grippers are the best for getting the traction I need.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven

 I love this dutch oven because I can use it for soups, roasting chickens, and whatever else I need a heavy bottomed pot for! Plus it’s available in my favorite color in the whole world.

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

I would be remiss if I didn’t list my KitchenAid Stand Mixer
on my list of favorite kitchen tools. My roommates used to joke that registering for a kitchen aid was really the only reason to get married.

Did you find anything to add to your Christmas wish list? What did I leave off? Share your favorite kitchen tool in the comments!

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Important disclaimer: I have no medical training. Just lots of passion for real food! Please consult your own doctor and do your own research in support of my suggestions. It’s an important part of taking control of your health!

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