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    Hey everyone;

    I have a $100 gift certificate for William Sonoma that I need to spend. I have been really having a hard time deciding what to buy.

    Lately I have been thinking it would be nice to have a great mandolin or a pressure cooker. Or maybe one or two nice knives? Or a grill pan. Or maybe a hand blender?

    I already have two cast iron dutch ovens and to calphalon frying pans. I also have a Vitamix blender, so I use that instead of a food processor.

    What is the best time saving kitchen tool? I have arthritis - so things that make life easier on my hands or high on my list.

    What would you buy?

    Thanks!!
    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

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  • #2
    skip the expensive french mandolin (all metal) and go for a nice cheap japanese mandolin. The japanese one's are mostly plastic with simple removable (and SHARP) blades and attachments. They're much more portable and easier to store and only cost $30. The only real reason to go with the french version is if you're looking to do waffle cuts as the japanese mandolins don't come with that sort of blade.

    If you don't have a really nice chef's knife then this would be the top necessity. The best way to choose is only loosely based on the type of blade it has. The most important thing in any knife is how it feels in your hand. Get them to bring you out some veggies to try chopping/slicing/dicing. You'll want one that's super comfortable in your hand and one where you feel you have a lot of control over it. Personally I think the new Henckel Profection knives are beautiful pieces of machinery.
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    • #3
      I'd say go for a chef's knife. I have a grill pan that I use pretty regularly, a Lodge cast iron, so you might want to buy one of those elsewhere and go with the knives. I have an OK chef's knife but I want a really good one or two. I use them a lot. A good paring knife is a big help too. And silicone spatulas. I use them so often I have five.
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      • #4
        I third the knife. I have an inexpensive V-slicer and it's really handy. The incremental improvement of a high-end mandolin doesn't quite mandate the big price jump for my needs. A good, sharp knife makes so many jobs easier.

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        • #5
          I would get a top-quality knife before anything, if you don't have that. I particularly like nice, heavy, big cleavers. I checked to see if they had the Cuisinart Griddler Junior, but they don't (just the big one). I got one a couple months ago, and use it almost daily, even though I have a broiler, toaster oven and nice electric outdoor grill. Other nice things would be top-quality mixing bowls or nice measuring cups and spoons.

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          • #6
            There is nothing more helpful in a kitchen than a QUALITY set of knives.

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            • #7
              This: Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker | Williams-Sonoma

              In fact, cheaper than I thought it would be. I might get one myself.
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              • #8
                Here's all you need:

                Cast iron skillet $33

                Recangular cutting board set - $10
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                • #9
                  I second the call for an epic knife set. We have the forever sharp set and LOVE it!
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                  • #10
                    You need maybe three knives, a cutting board, and one good pan or skillet - don't buy anything else until you have those. #1 is a good chef's or Santoku knife. I love the victorinox ones with the plastic handles -they are pro chef quality knives, don't be turned off by the fact they are much cheaper than other knives. 8" Chef's, 4" paring, and a serrated knife are probably all you ever need.
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                    • #11
                      Honestly, you will not get a top-quality knife at WS for $100. The best line of knives they carry is the Shuns (though you could argue the Globals but their handle design is not comfortable to me) and a chef knife of any decent length will run you double that at WS. You can find far better knives, for a better price at different vendors.

                      I'd go with the mandolin. Japanese if possible as was suggested earlier. Shun makes a great mandolin though I am not sure of cost/availability. Just find one that is comfortable and be careful as it is easy to get carried away and slice a finger

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                        I second the call for an epic knife set. We have the forever sharp set and LOVE it!
                        The trouble with knife 'sets' is that most people do not need that many knives. Also the bread knife (not that primal folks need one) is usually far too short. You end up paying a bunch for knives you will never use.

                        I agree with tfarny - 3 knives - chef, serrated, and a paring knife. Hell to be honest with a properly sharpened chef knife you really don't even need the other two.

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                        • #13
                          I get my knives at target for dirt cheap and replace them when they become annoying. I think it's pretty cost effective.

                          I do think that the cast iron skillet is the MVP of any primal kitchen. You can cook anything in it -> roasts in an oven, pan fried chicken on a stove, vegetable stir fry, paleo baked goods (if you are into that). Plus you can use it as a weapon, it lasts forever and will increase your iron intake.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TheFastCat View Post
                            I do think that the cast iron skillet is the MVP of any primal kitchen. You can cook anything in it -> roasts in an oven, pan fried chicken on a stove, vegetable stir fry, paleo baked goods (if you are into that). Plus you can use it as a weapon, it lasts forever and will increase your iron intake.

                            Agreed but as the OP has arthritis and iron skillets can be on the heavy side. I'm not sure if that would be a factor or not but it is worth noting.

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                            • #15
                              I'm telling you guys, this knife - Amazon.com: Victorinox 40520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife: Kitchen & Dining $30 is as good as any $100+ knife I've ever tried. Chefs who spend all day cutting food and have no interest in vanity kitchen goods use this thing all over the world.
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