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TTM #48: My 10 favorite kitchen tools for a healthy kitchen

on September 11, 2018 by Jami Balmet 7 comments

In today’s episode, I am going to be sharing my top 10 (or 15) tools for a healthy kitchen. Make sure to tune in and then check out my full list below: 

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1) Grain Mill

I have the NutriMill Plus and it’s well worth every penny. The grain mill is my #1 top pick because it has revolutionized my kitchen! If you are tight on space, then the NutriMill Harvest is another excellent pick (plus it’s soooo pretty)! 

2) Food Processor

I’ve had my cheap food processor for 7-8 years now and it has served me faithfully. I use my food processor at least 3-5 times a week and it’s well worth it. They don’t sell my model anymore, but this one is similar. If you are wanting to invest in a better on eventually, I’ve heard really good things about about this Cuisinart model. This is the crazy expensive one that I have my eyes on but Breville also makes several other incredible looking models that are far cheaper. 

3) Vitamix

A high powdered blender is so helpful. We are a smoothie family and do smoothies at least a few times a week and our Vitamix has done well throughout the years. I recommend watching at Costco or Sams Club, they often run great deals on the Vitamix and other similar models. Or check out Amazon

4) Crockpot

My trusty crockpot! This deserves a place on this list because of the sheer amount of time I use it! 

5) Spiralizer

Again, I use my spiralizer at least a few times a week and it saves so much time and work (plus we LOVE Zoodles)!! Even a cheap one will do the trick

6) Popcorn Maker

I don’t know where our snack time would be without our amazing air popper! I would check first at your local thrift stores and then check out Amazon.

7) Dehydrator (and mandolin)

I am in love with my Excalibur Dehydrator and it has been worth every penny. I have this 9 try model but they have a ton of others (both cheaper and more expensive to look at). This one is my dream 😉 IF you invest in a dehydrator and want to make things like apple chips, pineapple chips, banana chips, etc then a Mandolin is a MUST! I got mine for $20 at Costco. Here’s an Amazon one that looks decent

8) Berkey Water Filter

I wish that we had invested in this years ago. We have the crown Berkey (the biggest one because of our family size) but you can easily just refill a smaller one more often. Look around because you can sometimes find these cheaper and with and without a “bundle”. 

9) Tortilla Press

I love my Tortilla press SO MUCH! The one we got is unique because it presses both flour and corn tortillas (most presses are just for corn tortillas) AND you can remove the tortillas and cook on the stove OR just cook in the press! It’s amazing 🙂 

10) Bread Machine

We have the cadillac of bread machines and it took me so long to pull the trigger on it. But I wish I had done it years ago. I love it and use it about 4 times a week – TOTALLY pays for itself!! 

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  1. Loved this podcast. Let’s be real I love them all. I love all of the same gadgets, except I’ve wanted a Berkey for years and we just haven’t bit the bullet, but I think I’m gonna put in on my Christmas list! and a pasta maker. I love that but because our current kitchen is so small (I have 2 upper cabinets and 8 feet of lower cabinets) no room to have it out all the time. I’ve had my grain mill for a few years now and it’s amazing, we are hoping to be moving soon, One of the things as i look at new homes is a big enough kitchen to leave out some of these essential kitchen tools! I too have had instant pot issues. I don’t love it. I’m on my 4th one. Mine was defective and they sent me multiples which were also defective. The last one they sent they pretested before shipping it to me. Even now it is questionable. I did make ribs in it last night, but today I’m cooking ground beef for large batch of spaghetti and it didn’t cook in the time it was suppose too. It’s very frustrating for me. And you were so right, by the time it comes up to pressure and releases pressure it takes way way longer than the “10 minutes” . I think the ribs took about an hour which was ok because I allotted the time for that, but I could have had other meals done much faster. They were delicious tho. The other gadget I could not live with out is my hot pot or electric water kettle. We are tea drinkers not coffee drinkers and I use it every day often multiple times. My husband got it for me for Christmas a couple years ago because the old one I had was plastic and I really wanted to get rid of it. He found a beautiful stainless steel one and it has held up so well. I also got a glass one from my sister in law (she too understood no plastic). I haven’t completely rid all the plastic containers because glass for teenagers lunch boxes is heavy and well my son is well a boy! LOL . But I do use bpa free, and toss them at any sign of nicks and try to not heat them in the microwave. I have a stainless thermos I heat food up for my son and he takes it already warmed in his lunch which works super well. Kindred spirit here! Have a blessed day

  2. I love my instapot! Didn’t even know I wanted one, someone got me one for Christmas. I don’t always use it as a pressure cooker but I have a couple recipes I love, I make homemade Mac n cheese in it weekly. I often prefer to use it as my slow cooker because it has the sauté feature so if anything needs browned you can do it right in the pot no separate dishes. Some of the things do take as long but the fact that I don’t have to babysit it just put it in and leave it and all in one pot makes it better. Other things I love to use it for is corn on the cob, potatoes, rice, and eggs. I don’t know if I would have bought one on my own but if it goes I will definitely have to replace mine.

  3. Loved this episode! I’m now tempted to buy many of these item. I have a few questions though…
    1) where do you buy the wheat that you grind? What type specifically do you buy? What are the most common things you make using the flour?
    2) I would LOVE a healthy tortilla recipe to copy!
    3) what recipes do you use your food processor for?
    4) can I also have a copy of your sandwich bread recipe?
    5) do you sauté your zoodles or just eat them plain?
    6) I would love your go to ice cream recipe!

    I’m just a Momma of 3 and I want to feed my kids as from scratch as possible and would love all of your recipes because it sounds like you’ve really got them all down pat! I’m really looking forward to hearing from you!

    I listen to ttm whenever I’m getting ready in the mornings and love it! Thank you for what you do!!

  4. You mentioned that you avoid plastics and use mostly Pyrex dishes. What do you use for freezing leftovers? I do a lot of freezer meals by making extra of our normal dinner and freezing half. I usually just use plastic containers but I was wondering if you had another suggestion.

  5. I love my instant pot, but I’m at a high enough altitude that my crock pot won’t cook beans or make chicken broth, so those are 2 things I make nearly weekly. I food poisoned myself a couple times with beans that didn’t come to a boil in my old crock pot that never got super hot even on high, and even if I boiled them on the stove all day they wouldn’t be soft. I also can throw in a whole, frozen roast with a jar of pepperoncinis, cook it on high pressure for 2-3 hours (depends on cut) and get a tender roast. It usually takes that long on the stove or oven, but not from frozen. I’m glad I have it, but my favorite things are my bosch mixer, grain mill and cuisinart food processor (I actually have a really old one that does 21 cups and was over $1000 when my mother- in- law who didn’t cook bought it). I don’t have a mandolin or cheese grater because I always do it in there. I love my crock pot, ice cream maker, waffle maker and electric griddle. I also love my kitchen aid, but I have a meat grinder attachment to make chicken breakfast sausages, a pasta rolling attachment, a fruit/ veggie strainer for applesauce, and probably others I can’t recall, that make it very useful. I love the kitchen and appliances!