All the things kitchen! Or at least all the kitchen essentials that I need, haha. I quite obviously did not include things like skillets, pots, or baking sheets. If you have a kitchen (which I am guessing you do), you probably already have those items on hand. Pots, pans, and baking sheets are really all about personal preference and I can’t vouch for one brand over another as I have several different brands of each in my cupboards!
This Totally Bamboo 5-Piece Utensil Setis a great deal and it’s what I have at home. I actually have 2 of the sets and then a few extras of just the spoons. There’s something about the thick, kind of flat handle that I really like. I think for me it’s because I tend to leave spoons near (let’s be real, often IN) a pot while I putz around the kitchen doing other things. The thicker handles don’t get as hot as fast as thinner ones. That’s why I really like these types of spoons, haha. I do love spoons and these ones are awesome!
I actually bought this Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Ovenabout 3 weeks ago. So far, I don’t see any staining on the inside enamel which is good. I would be insanely annoyed if the dutch oven got stained quickly. Several of the recipes in The Whole30 cook book utilize a dutch oven. I have also found that many can be replicated in a crock pot… and using a crock pot means you don’t have flip the meat or do anything as often. Either way works.
Hubby and I were actually given this exact set of Calphalon Knivesfor our wedding. I am not really the best at sharpening knives (quite unfortunate fact), but they’ve held up great and because I actually own them, I can tell you they’re good. I’m sure there are massively more expensive sets (and way cheaper ones) out there, and it’s really just personal preference and what works for you. But I use most of the knives in the set every day or 2 cooking on Whole30.
Must have all the mixing bowls! Honestly, I have so many mixing bowls, it’s not even funny. I use them for just about everything and having lots of different size options and extras of the smaller ones makes prepping super easy. I have one set like this Cook N Home Mixing Bowl Setthat has lids, which I love. I most certainly don’t needs lids for all my mixing bowls (geez, where would I even put them?!), but having a few bowls with lids is great for prepping the night before… especially a crock pot meal that will all be thrown together in the morning 🙂
This is the exact blender I have. It’s called the Osterizerwhich I find rather amusing, lol. This is probably not the most amazing blender on the market, but I’ve had it for years, it still works, it’s easy to clean, and it mixes mayo like a champ! Like I’ve said before, we don’t eat much of the mayo, but it’s the first step to making the Whole30 ranch recipe, and our family loves some ranch! I think if the family had their way, ever single meal would somehow involve the inclusion of ranch dip or dressing.
Ok, so this isn’t the grater I have, but it’s really close. Looks like maybe the KitchenAid Graterhas gotten a bit of an upgrade since I got mine. I like the slicer on the side of this one… now I’m jealous. This one’s cooler than mine! Anyway, it’s a super important part of our Whole30 experience, as we (or at least hubby) have sweet potato hash browns with breakfast every day!
This is the kind of cutting board I have. It’s a Dexas 6-Inch by 10-Inch Red Jelli Bar Boardand there are other sizes too. I think you can buy them at Target too, but I honestly can’t remember because I’ve had them for a long time, haha. I also have a wooden cutting board, but it’s big a bulky. In my personal opinion, there is no such thing as too many cutting boards!
I keep a variety of mason jars on hand all the time. I have some 4oz Ball Mason Jarsthat I use for small amount of leftover sauce, extra coconut cream, etc. I have some 8oz Ball Canning Jarsthat I generally use for storing my clarified butter, jarring applesauce (yes, I can stuff) and keeping carrot sticks and other things in. And then I also have some 16oz Ball Mason Jarsthat I use for large amounts of dressings, like when I make a big batch of mayo or something, and I use them for canning carrots and other things throughout the year.
Adding this is an UPDATE to our Kitchen Essentials. This gadget is now my NEW FAVORITE THING! It’s called the Oster 2-Speed Hand Blender with Cup and the thing is AWESOME! My model is red, which is pretty cool, but it’s the same thing and I definitely do NOT want to be without it now! I have never made mayo so quickly before I used this! And thankfully, it’s not all that expensive, so I can get a new one if mine breaks 🙂
And of course, there’s The Whole30book, something that I use on a daily basis, usually more than once. The book that is guiding my cooking and making it so that what I cook is no longer the same boring and bland junk I’ve been cooking for years. I’m not even sure you can call what I was doing in the kitchen before “cooking” really, as nothing ever tasted all that good, hahaha!
I can make the assumption (safely, I believe) that I have missed some things. If I think of anything else, I will add it here or mention it elsewhere on the site. I believe that having the right kitchen essentials and having enough of certain things is important when it comes to how easy and quick you can get through cooking a meal. Eliminating the need to wash your one and only cutting board every time you swap from meat to vegetables can save valuable time. Given how busy we all are these days, time savers are a must!