Dedicated Paleo souls equip themselves with the right stuff. After you have done your Appliance audit (Paleo’s Five Worst Appliances) you might need to add a couple of things – or retrieve them from relegation.
So here’s the list of must-have appliances. Most you may already own – but maybe they’re hiding in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Break them out and enjoy!
#1 The Brilliant Barbecue
Barbecues bring out the best in vegetables, seafood, chicken and meat. But you have to wait . . . a barbecue forces you to be social.
Best results come when the fuel burns down to a white-crusted ember. That means you have to pass time with family and friends – respect the sizzle.
#2 To My Food Processor with Love
There’s nothing you can’t do with a food processor – well almost.
And with the full suite including hand-held – you’re a much better cook than you thought.
It chops, minces and slices fruits and vegetables in a flash. For juices, Paleo smoothies, cakes, soups and sauces – all easy and fresh – without thickeners, additives or ‘E numbers’. Add only love!
# 3 Pressure Cooker Pal
If you’ve never tried one of these – you are making work for yourself. This handy gizmo compresses cooking times to a fraction of normal.
E.g. Braised lamb shanks with vegetables would take 4½ to 5 hours on the stove top – and fill the house with steam and smells. But – with a trusty pressure cooker you get dinner for a family of five in 40 minutes. Make friends with a pressure cooker near you – or steal your Mum’s.
#4 Steamer Power
So it’s probably been at the back of a cupboard for ages. Like stuff you only find when you’re moving house. But steamers make the best green beans ever.
Just eight minutes from cold water. Then switch off – and tip up the lid to let the steam escape. Gorgeous bright green beans with a slight ‘crunch’ and all the nutrients still intact.
Not squishy. Not that dull grey colour. Just yum. Works like this for almost any vegetable.
#5 Softly Softly Slow Cooker
The busy wife or Mum’s reliable standby. After breakfast – put in a chicken, chop up celery, onions, tomatoes (or whatever you like) – stick the lid on, set the timer and nick off to work.
When you get home, dinner is done and the Kitchen Angel has time for kids and other distractions.