Monday, January 30, 2023

Must-Have Kitchen Tools

I’m often asked about my favorite kitchen equipment—which brands and models work best, which specific tools enhance the overall cooking experience. So without further ado, here are a few of the items that make my kitchen life easier.

After I wake up in the morning, I drink 16 to 24 ounces of plain hot water—without lemon, honey or any additional ingredients. Drinking plain hot water can help stimulate your lymphatic system without activating digestion; this helps your body get rid of waste before it starts processing new food. To heat up my water, I turn to my stainless-steel Hamilton Beach kettle. I recommend only buying stainless-steel kettles and avoiding anything with plastic, as heat can activate chemicals that leak into your water. I also avoid microwave ovens for heating purposes; microwaves are a form of electro-magnetic radiation.

After I have my hot water, I usually enjoy a green juice made with kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger and green apple. I love juices for their instant energy boost; they are better than coffee! Green juices also are a great complement to a hot, cooked meal as raw juice can provide daily vitamins and enzymes. Believe it or not, it only takes about 2 minutes to make my juice, thanks to the Omega 8006. But don’t be fooled: This machine is much more than a juicer. It’s an entire nutrition center that can create fabulous nut butters (think almonds and chocolate chips together), fruit sorbet and even pasta. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to assemble and take apart, so the whole process takes minutes. Omega also offers a great warrantee, so you can enjoy your purchase for years to come.

If I don’t feel like having a juice in the morning, I will make a smoothie in myVitamix blender. Unlike a juicer that extracts the pulp from fruits and vegetables and gives you instant energy, Vitamix blends everything together. The good thing about blended foods is that they have fiber, which takes longer to digest than juice. So if you’re looking for a great meal-replacement smoothie that will satisfy hunger and give you long-lasting energy, Vitamix is the machine to use. You can also use it to make nut-based cheeses, pates and ice creams. Some people may be thrown off by the price ($449), but you’re investing in the Rolls-Royce of blenders. The quality will last a lifetime.

Did you know that the most dangerous weapon in your kitchen is a dull knife? The extra force required to use it can lead to a severe kitchen injury. To help me eliminate this danger, I use my Abundant Chef zirconium ceramic knives and bamboo cutting boards. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then these knives come in a close second. When you use an Abundant knife to cut an apple, it feels like you’re cutting through butter—so smooth and effortless. I also love the name and believe that seeing the word “abundant” when you cook, creates positive emotions and affects the energy you put in your food.

Finally, to make a quick dinner, I recommend the KitchenAid Food Processor as it can help me chop, slice and shred large quantities of ingredients very quickly. If you have seen my videos, you probably noticed that I use it a lot. KitchenAid makes slicing onions a breeze, and it takes seconds. Check out thisvideo where I use my food processor to make chicken-less chicken salad! While there are other brands on the market, I find that KitchenAid has the most intuitive design and fun colors. Why not have a fabulous Empire Red one? It will brighten up the space and make you feel like an empress of the kitchen!

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