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  • Essential Primal Cooking Items

    My only utensils are a mundane set of pots, of which I usually only use the frying pan and a small electric oven.

    Any other useful things I should get?

    “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
    "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -George Bernard Shaw
    "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass." -Martin Mull

  • #2

    What is this pot you speak of?

    Need Stick. Need Fire. Need Meat. Ugh.


    • #3

      I just seem to use the barbecue and a pair of tongs to cook most things these days.

      The "Seven Deadly Sins"

      • Grains (wheat/rice/oats etc) . . . . . • Dairy (milk/yogurt/butter/cheese etc) . . . . .• Nightshades (peppers/tomato/eggplant etc)
      • Tubers (potato/arrowroot etc) . . . • Modernly palatable (cashews/olives etc) . . . • Refined foods (salt/sugars etc )
      • Legumes (soy/beans/peas etc)


      • #4

        I use my tongs a lot.... and good knives.

        A whisk for making sauces and dressings... a spatula, a spoon.

        A salad spinner for washing greens and veggies...

        I could go on and on. I love kitchen "thingies."

        Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.


        • #5

          A dutch oven (or a slow cooker, if you swing that way) for destroying the tough, nutritious cuts of meat like chuck, brisket, and shoulder and turning them into soft, pullable delights. Or a smoker, if you prefer.

          I got a super low sided 12" nonstick skillet (would make a good crepe pan if I ate crepes), and I use that thing almost every day along with a silicone spoon, silicone spatula (depending on if we're doing scrambled or over easy), and a pair of tongs for deploying and turning the bacon. Works great for eggs.


          • #6

            Mortar and pestle - I love the feeling of pounding spices or nuts and it is good for all that pent up anger


            • #7

              Non-stick pots/pans, grill, microwave-convection oven, salad spinner & blender for smoothies. Oh, and a hand mixer to whip heavy cream--berries & cream for dessert rule!


              • #8

                Well-seasoned cast iron skillet - we use it 3x a day, for ALL of our cooking!


                • #9

                  i think grok would choose cast iron over teflon.


                  • #10

                    I have a low sided cast iron skillet too, works great for eggs and bacon! I used to make pancakes in it too, but that's beside the point Other than that, I got a FABULOUS new contraption called a Romertopf (with a little german .. over the first or second o, can't remember). It's a terra cotta baker, it's sort of like a slow cooker but much faster, and it makes the best roasts. You put the meat in, whatever else you want around it like veggies, if anything, and put it in a cold oven (no pre-heating!) and turn it on to 400 degrees for an hour to an hour and a half for most things. The whole chickens I've roasted in there have been the best I've ever tasted. Somehow the terra cotta acts like a brick oven of sorts, but also keeps all the steam and juices within the cooker so it is basically self-basting. Best $35 I've ever spent.

                    Otherwise...stainless steel cookware (no more non-stick), spatulas, tongs, a grill, garlic press, cutting boards, and good knives. Although I could stand in William-Sonoma and play with all their gadgets for hours.

                    You are what you eat,
                    and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan


                    • #11

                      For me the list is small. BBQ grill, tongs (SS ones for the grill and wooden ones for inside. I really like the wooden ones!. I lost my nice SS ones, anyone seen them?), cast iron skillet, spatula, SS pot for soupier things, 1 chef knife, 1 pairing knife, cutting board. That's about the all the items that get daily use.

                      It's grandma, but you can call me sir.


                      • #12

                        Let's see...

                        Cast iron pans, various sizes.






                        Wooden spoons.

                        Food processor.

                        Knives of various sizes.

                        Slotted spoon.

                        I think that about covers it.