Best cooking utensils to make life easy

When following a paleo lifestyle to assist with auto­immune disease, you want an eating plan that’s not only delicious and amazingly good for you, but something that’s easy to manage as well. The great news about eating a nutritious, paleo style diet is that it can be low maintenance and easy to manage. But of course eating well is about so much more than what’s in your fridge or cupboard. It’s about how you prepare your food as well, and what tools you use to make preparing and cooking your healthy food so much easier.

Here we list the top 10 best cooking utensils to make life easier, when you’re cooking healthy, tasty and nutritious food. Keep your kitchen stocked with these and you’ll always be ready to whip up a delicious paleo meal that not only satisfies, but keeps you healthy as well!

1. Great Knives

If making healthy, nutritious meals in a time efficient manner is a big priority to you, then a good set of knives is a must have. A great set of knives including a few different types of shapes and sizes, such as a paring knife, chef’s knife and perhaps a boning knife or cleaver. As essentials, a good quality chef’s knife and paring knife will get you through most jobs ­ a chef’s knife to do the heavy work, and a paring knife to do the more delicate work.

Knife care is very important, as blunt knives are almost as good as no knives. Keep your knives sharp by hand washing and drying, and get them sharpened every so often to maintain their power. Always be careful handling sharp knives, and brush up on your knife skill if you don’t feel confident using knives yet.

2. Measuring Cup and Spoons

When you’re learning to cook a new dish or trying a new cooking style, you are probably going to need to rely on a recipe. And recipes generally call for precisely measured ingredients to help them turn out the way they were intended. If you’re a very experienced cook you may be able to eyeball it, but for the rest of us, having an easy to use set of measuring spoons and a measuring cup will ensure our success in the kitchen.

These are usually readily available and inexpensive, but try to avoid plastic where possible. Glass, Pyrex, metal or wood instruments look nicer, are more durable and are better for you to use.

3. Cast Iron Pan

Cast iron pans are the much loved companion of paleo cooks all over the world, and for good reason too. Cast iron pans last forever, they are durable, heat evenly, cook food beautifully and when seasoned properly with natural fat, form their own non­stick surface that doesn’t contain any harmful plastics or chemicals. They’re also much less expensive than other kinds of large cooking pans like copper or clad metal, and can go straight from stovetop to oven.

No need to wash this pan with soap, just water and a brush should do the trick, then remember to re­season after use, with some melted fat on the stove top.

4. Steamer

If you love perfectly cooked veggies to accompany your delicious paleo mains, then meet your new best friend ­ the steamer. A steamer cooks vegetables to perfection, maintaining the optimal level of nutrients and can be used on the stove top, so there’s no microwave required. Steaming isfantastic method of cooking food for health, form broccoli to fish, because it doesn’t require the use of any fat. Of course you can add in your favourite healthy fat after cooking for flavour and satiety, and this process ensures it won’t be overheated in the cooking process when you steam.

5. Roasting Pan

Variety is the spice of life, so you might not want to have steamed vegetables every night. A roasting pan is your ticket to a delicious side of tasty, crispy, baked to perfection vegetables ­ a much loved paleo dish. Not only are they tasty, they also don’t take a lot of effort to prepare ­ simply throw your favourite low carb vegetables in your roasting pan with some healthy fats and roast until golden brown.

If your mouth is watering at the sound of this, you better get a big roasting pan! The best thing is that roast vegetables are perfect for leftovers and these make a great quick snack or side.

6. Slow Cooker

If you know anyone who owns a slow cooker, it’s likely you’ve heard all about it ­ because it’s hard to stop raving about this awesome kitchen tool! Slow cookers are incredibly useful because they require very little preparation to make a big, high quality meal, for a low cost. Slow cookers can turn very cheap cuts of meat into incredibly delicious and luxurious tasting meals, saving you money and time to prepare meals. Simply pop all the ingredients in before you head out for the day and by dinner time you’ll have a meal on your plate that will delight the tastebuds, and keep your hip pocket happy.

7. Glass Storage Containers

Glass storage containers are perfect or the paleo cook, because they keep food fresh, can be used for oven cooking as well, and they’re non­reactive, so no matter what you store in them you can feel assured that no nasty chemicals will be leeching into your food. These are the ultimate multitaskers. You can store leftovers and take your lunch with you to save money and your health. You can cook in these containers in the oven, then seal and put straight into the fridge if you need to. And if you get round containers they can also double as mixing bowls ­ super useful if you have limited kitchen storage space.

8. Meat Thermometer

Get your cooked meats absolutely perfect everytime (and never risk food poisoning) by using a meat thermometer. They’re fairly cheap, and besides well worth the investment to cook the perfect roast or to make sure our chicken is cooked through.

9. Vegetable Peeler and Slicer

This handy kitchen utensil is an essential if you want to eat vegetables. Making peeling quick and easy, vegetable peelers have a lot of versatility for the paleo chef. Use your vegetable peeler to cut thin strips of veggies like zucchini, carrot, eggplant or cabbage, for delicious and healthy oven baked veggie crisps or veggie ‘noodles’. The versatile vegetable peeler is a kitchen tool you will use every day without fail.

10. Salad Spinner

While it’s often neglected, the salad spinner is a kitchen essential ­ and here’s why! It’s practically impossible to find a better way to get lettuce, spinach, kale, cabbage, or any other leafy vegetable clean and dry without using a salad spinner. It can save you money on having to buy those pre­washed bags of salad as well! And you can also choose which leaves to spin and get a greater variety of leafy vegetables in the diet ­ absolutely essential for great health!

If your kitchen is stocked with these kitchen utensil ‘heroes’, you’ll find it a breeze to whip up the most scrumptious, tempting yet speedy paleo meals.