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    She loves to cook, and I want to get her some paleo kitchen gadgets for her upcoming shower, as she is recent convert.

    I'm thinking of things like a zuchini ribbon maker --- nothing too pricey, but maybe 3-4 essential gadgets.

    What tools do you use most in your kitchen since you've been primal?

    Thanks!
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    The gadgets that are essential and unusual since I went paleo/primal were the electric mandolin and a dehydrator. Jerky, home-made vegetable chips and nuts dehydrating are all very useful.

    Other things I use a lot are Magic Bullet, hand blender and a garlic press.

    Things I would not mind having but never got around to buying are salad spinner, the ribbon maker and a cast iron pan with grill barred thinggies on it (we have a fire pit, but no BBQ unit). And one can never imo have enough aprons & gloves!
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    • #3
      How about a paleo cookbook--"OMG That's Paleo?" comes to mind. It's around $18 on Amazon.

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      • #4
        Amazon.com: Lodge Logic LCC3 Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker, 10.25-inch: Kitchen & Dining

        Amazon.com: NEW, 7-Inch Square-End Spatula, Turner Spatula, Grilling, Spatula, Barbecue BBQ Spatula, Solid Stainless Steel, Riveted Smooth Wood Handle, Commercial Grade: Kitchen & Dining

        Also, either a pressure cooker or slow cooker for broth.

        I like and use this a lot also, but this exact one isn't available right now. Amazon.com: Cuisinart CTG-00-3MS Mesh Strainers, Set of 3: Kitchen & Dining - there's probably another brand though.
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        • #5
          Awesome ideas, everyone! Thanks.

          Leida - I have never heard of an electric mandolin, but it sounds enticing. I use my dehydrator (mainly in summer) and hand blender tons, but I'm not going to spend that much.

          Goldie and Joanie - love both ideas and very affordable (+1!). I was toying with the cookbook idea and torn between Everyday Paleo, Paleo Comfort Foods, and Diane Sanfilipino's book (can't remember title). I have not heard of the one you mentioned, Goldie, so I'm off to look it up. Joanie - I think I will be ordering two of those spatulas - one for her and one for me!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
            Jodie - what all do you use your mesh strainer for?
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            • #7
              I use the tiny one mostly to catch seeds when I squeeze lemon or lime into something in a glass or cocktail shaker. The big one is for straining bone broth mostly. It also worked well when I rendered some beef fat scraps. Cheese cloth probably would have given me an even better tallow, but I was amazed at how well the strainer worked. I got a really nice white-ish smooth product with no icky bits.
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              • #8
                I got myself a vegetable "spiralizer" for long julienne cuts or perfect rings. It is quite fun to make pseudo-spaghetti with veggies

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                • #9
                  A paleo cookbook is a good idea. Or a slow cooker....
                  Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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                  • #10
                    My sister in law gave me a single serve frypan for my birthday 10 months ago. I have used it almost every single day since, it never gets put away.
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                    • #11
                      Diane Sanfilipino's book's title is Practical Paleo, or at least that's the one I am reading right now. I find it depressing though... in my view it is too black and white, and if I did not hang around this fora and have heard alternatives opinions, it would have made me to never want to try Paleo. De Vance's book was what did it for me, with his laid back, not uptight attitude and no crazy restrictions.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                        I use the tiny one mostly to catch seeds when I squeeze lemon or lime into something in a glass or cocktail shaker. The big one is for straining bone broth mostly. It also worked well when I rendered some beef fat scraps. Cheese cloth probably would have given me an even better tallow, but I was amazed at how well the strainer worked. I got a really nice white-ish smooth product with no icky bits.
                        Perfect. I have a small one that I use for various things. I have plans to make my first bone broth soon. Also, sorry, I just noticed I botched your name.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Leida View Post
                          Diane Sanfilipino's book's title is Practical Paleo, or at least that's the one I am reading right now. I find it depressing though... in my view it is too black and white, and if I did not hang around this fora and have heard alternatives opinions, it would have made me to never want to try Paleo. De Vance's book was what did it for me, with his laid back, not uptight attitude and no crazy restrictions.
                          Good review - it helps because I'm not a black and white person either. I like the t-shirt that says I'm 80% paleo 20% of the time. :-) I am actually pretty compliant, but I have my occasional indulgences, and it's tough starting out. So, I will nix the Sanfilipino book - don't want to discourage her!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Angieh View Post
                            Good review - it helps because I'm not a black and white person either. I like the t-shirt that says I'm 80% paleo 20% of the time. :-) I am actually pretty compliant, but I have my occasional indulgences, and it's tough starting out. So, I will nix the Sanfilipino book - don't want to discourage her!
                            I actually think it's one of the best books out there on Paleo, but then again, I'm a sucker for cookbooks with pictures and science all in one.
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