This week I’m going to share my favorite kitchen tools to make food prep and healthy eating a helluva lot easier. Some of these items will be on sale for Prime Day (Instant Pot – pretty much always), the others you may want to toss into your cart and just commit 100% to a healthy kitchen makeover in July.
Instant Pot – Not since my first Vitamix in 1997 has a kitchen item been so revolutionary to my quality of life. The IP (as fans call them) replaces a rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, and more. It’s great for dorm rooms, RVs and tiny spaces as it can serve as a 1 pot meal for an endless array of meals. Best food hack with the IP? My bone broth can be done in 45 minutes instead of 4 hours, or I can go low and slow and have a low simmer for 2 days; regardless, I can set the IP and leave the house with zero worries. We also use ours for fall apart roasts and ribs in half the time, delicious soups, and effortless rice and chicken dishes in Italian, Cajun, Mexican flavors.
Today is *the day* of the year to get an Instant Pot if you haven’t already – prices won’t be like this again until Black Friday. Given how much they’ve evolved over the past five years this is a much better deal than the one I bought! Check ’em out.
Intimidated by your purchase? Instant Pot Cookbooks can help – the Ultimate Cookbook is a basic cookbook to get started; however if you have food restrictions you may prefer this Paleo or Vegan IP cookbook instead!
Speaking of Vitamix – They are on Prime Special as well! The current version of the one we use daily (or more) is over $200 off, which makes me weep a little on the inside, having paid full price for mine. The Vitamix 5200 is great for families, and the more compact Explorian version is best if you have tall cabinets or a tiny kitchen. I’ve made corn flour from popcorn kernals in 30 seconds, make my own salad dressings, bulk-grind fresh spices, and liquify whatever the hellz I want with this thing for the last 20 years. It’s an insanely useful tool, but we use it on the daily for humble smoothies and emulsifying dressings and aioli.
Aqua Fizz by SodaStream – This is absolutely my latest love!!! This SodaStream has replaced the hundreds of pounds of glass Pelligrino bottles the hubster had to haul to the recycling bin, so now he needs another way to get his weight workouts in. Totally pure and totally customizable sparkling water with glass storage bottles to boot! My soda stream allows me to make my own sparkling water, without plastic bottles or mysterious ‘natural’ flavors (I’m looking at you, La Croix). Now everyone in the family is more hydrated (kids LOVE to make and drink their own fizzy water)! NOTE – it appears only the BPA-free plastic bottle versions of SodaStream are discounted for Prime Day, and I do not recommend you get anything other than the wavy glass bottles shown above that come with the AquaFizz.
StayFresh Bags – I talk about these all the time, but they truly make a difference in keeping produce fresh in my kitchen. A head of lettuce will last over a week; if farm fresh – sometimes over 2! Wash and reuse these bags; they last me about 2 years.
Cast Iron Skillets – historically I’ve struggled to keep iron levels adequate, especially when I was running marathons. Cooking in cast iron is an easy way to increase iron intake while addressing root causes of inadequacies. A single pan or set of 5 is available for prime day at ridiculous deals!
To reduce plastic waste in our home, we began using stainless steel straws like these for smoothies and reusable cotton bags to collect produce at the store. I love how these bags include the tare weight on the tag! Additionally, they can be used for delicates in the wash; just be sure to hang dry them after they go through the wash cycle.
There are reported over a million deals offered today and tomorrow for Prime Day, so I know I’m missing several! If you do not have a Prime Membership or have let it lapse grab one here!
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