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Thread: Essential Primal Cooking Items

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    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?

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    Jun 2009


    What is this pot you speak of?

    Need Stick. Need Fire. Need Meat. Ugh.

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    May 2009
    Western Australia


    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)

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    Jun 2009
    Hanford, CA


    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."

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    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.

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

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    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!

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

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    i think grok would choose cast iron over teflon.

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    Jun 2009


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    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

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