These tools are used in my kitchen on a daily basis. I love them for the quality, comfort, and speed they bring into my life. They are all very durable and great investments you can make for healthy living and cooking in your kitchen.
I have had this blender for seven years now, and it is used almost every day in my kitchen. The jar went bad once, but they replaced it free of charge. They currently have an 8-year-old warranty on blenders, and 3-year warranty on jars bought separately. The refurbished models have a 3-year warranty. I love the high powered motor and safe blades that won’t cut me while cleaning the jar. The blades are made of cold-forged hardened steel and are up to 80% thicker and ten times stronger than other blender blades. They’re also blunt instead of sharp. Why? With a blade that spins over 300 miles per hour, it doesn’t need to be sharp to get the job done. Instead of chipping away at ice and frozen fruit with sharp edges, the large, blunt design pulverizes virtually anything including iPhones. You can say this to your teenager who is always on the phone.
The texture of smoothies I make in this jar is soft and creamy. I don’t get similar results with other low-cost blenders. Vitamix is also another brand similar to this and lot of people are happy with that brand as well. Another popular low-cost option is Ninja blender. I also have a small Magic Bullet, and it is perfect for traveling. In my office, I have provided personal Nutribullet for our office staff for making breakfast smoothies. They seem to like it and enjoy healthy breakfast/mid-morning snack in our office.
2. Hand blender
I bought this blender stick a few years ago after my brother recommended it. I never liked the idea of pureeing hot foods in Blendtec, however; the hand mixer solved that problem. Now I make smooth and delicious gravies and soups using this gadget. Blendtec jars are plastic, and I don’t recommend using plastic for hot foods due to the chemicals leeching into the hot foods that could create hormonal imbalances. Even if you have a glass jar, using this tool in the pan and blending without removing your pot from stove top is much more convenient than pouring into a blender jar and washing one more utensil later.
3. Stainless Steel pans
I know we all love the versatility of nonstick pans. They are lightweight and easy to clean, but that nasty coating is bad for you even when inhaled. Those fumes from nonstick pans when overheated pollute our indoor air and are really bad for your health. The PFOA chemical found in nonstick is also linked to obesity. We have PTFE and PFOA free nonstick pans, but most of them I have bought loses the non-stick surface after a few uses. I have some cast iron pans, but I get lazy taking the big heavy ones out and cleaning them and rubbing them with oil after use to prevent rusting. Aluminium pans are also controversial as some studies show that people exposed to high levels of aluminum may develop Alzheimer’s disease. So heavy duty stainless steel pans come to the rescue for a health conscious person who loves to cook. Even in stainless steel pans, you have to be careful to pick good quality to avoid leaking of chromium, nickel and other potentially heavy metals used in the process of making stainless steel. This All-clad pan I have is expensive, but this is versatile and is the most frequently used pan in my kitchen. Other stainless steel pans of bigger sizes I have are cheaper than All-Clad. Stick to Calphalon or Cuisinart brands for high-quality stainless steel pans.
4. Baking pans
Please throw away those low-quality non-stick pans that have half of the coating chipped off and gone inside your body. I love USA Pan bakeware as they are of commercial quality and the coating used on most USA Pan bakeware is a natural non-stick and non-toxic silicone that is PTFE, PFOA and BPA free. However, there is aluminum and silicone in these pans, and there are some health concerns using cooking utensils containing silicon or aluminum. If you are concerned about baking in aluminum or silicone pans, line with unbleached parchment paper. This paper I recommend is made from all-natural unbleached paper; naturally non-stick surface for quick release of foods. No greasing or oils necessary and it is safe for use in the freezer, microwave, and oven.
5. Citrus Squeezer
Why do I need a lemon squeezer when I could use my hands and squeeze? Why do I need another kitchen gadget when I can use organic not from concentrate lemon juice from bottles? This is what I used to think for many years. But now I get excited using this heavy duty lemon squeezer that squeezes the last bit of juice from my lemon. Even though I keep organic lemon juice (love this brand in a glass bottle) bottles in my refrigerator for quick use on some days, I prefer to use real lemons to get full the health benefits and taste for morning lemon water and lemonades.
6. Air fryer
Love using this Philips Air Fryer especially for frying chicken with no oil.
7. Omega Juicer
I bought the Omega Juicer almost seven years ago. This is a masticating juicer (cold pressed juicer), and it helps health-conscious consumers add wheatgrass and leafy greens to their juice because of an 80 RPM “low speed juicing system” that reduces heat buildup and oxidation while keeping healthy enzymes intact. Although I have not tried all of these, Omega claims they are not just for juicing; they turn nuts into nut butter, extrude pasta, grind coffee and spices, mince herbs and garlic, make baby food, and whip up soy milk in a flash.
8. Mesh stainless steel strainers
Fed up losing grains in the sink when washing quinoa and rice? Never waste another grain with this fine wire mesh that easily strains the smallest ingredients with no waste.
9. Cutting board
I love this board made from highest quality Indian Sheesham wood selected only from controlled and sustainable forests
10. Pressure cooker
I know cooking with a pressure cooker sounds intimidating, but once you learn how to use this highly efficient cooker, you can cook meat, lentils, beans and tougher foods super fast using less energy.
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