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Updated: May 25, 2020

When you’re starting a new lifestyle program, you must set yourself up for success. You have to get all the tools you need and keep your pantry stocked full of the whole nutritious foods you will be eating and get rid of the no no’s. This makes food preparation easier and keeps you from slipping back into old habits (like downing a soda or sneaking a candy bar).

Get the proper tools

If you don’t already have these, consider purchasing the following items. Buy the best quality you can afford. These tools will last a lifetime, if you take good care of them.

The essentials

Set of good-quality knives. My favorites are the Wusthof Classic line. These are the ones I use in my kitchen. Wusthof has a great warranty on their products.

Wooden cutting boards – one for animal products (if you're an omnivore), one for fruits and veggies. Please do not buy/use any plastics. One of the goals is to keep our kitchens sustainable and plastic-free.

Set of good pots and pans. This should include: an 8-inch sauté pan, a 12-inch sauté pan, 8-quart stockpot, 2-quart saucepan with lid, 4-quart saucepan with lid.

  • Wire whisks

  • Spring tongs

  • Rubber spatulas

  • Measuring cups – dry and liquid

  • Stovetop griddle, around 11 inch square.

  • Can opener

  • Food processor

  • Blender

Additional useful tools

  • Dutch oven

  • Grill pan

  • 3-4 cookie sheets

  • Immersion blender

  • Instant-read chef’s thermometer

  • Fish spatula

  • Natural parchment paper

  • Lemon/citrus reamer

  • Food mill/potato ricer

  • Microplanes of assorted sizes

  • Ramekins

This is the first step for creating a successful, sustainable kitchen.

Next up Rid Your Kitchen of Toxic Foods

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