Wondering how to set up your nontoxic kitchen? Here is my nontoxic kitchen gift guide.
Nontoxic Kitchen Gift #1 – for Prep: The Eco Chop
Bon Cook’s Eco-Chop is simple to use and cut up everything you need so prep is a breeze! It’s not precisely nontoxic but it can save you a LOT of time. Use in combo with any of the tools below to serve a high quality organic dinner in no time! Perfect for the cook who is always out of time. Buy it now!
Nontoxic Kitchen Gift #2 – for Cooking: Ceramcor Xtrema Cookware
For cooking, you’ll need to ditch the Teflon and all nonstick products. Now you have lots of options of course, each with their own particular issues. For example, cast iron is popular but it rusts and needs to be periodically seasoned. Who has time for that? Definitely not me! And stonewear can be toxic, while glassware can be impossible to get clean. Just try burning tomato sauce on a glass pan.
That’s why I love Xtrema! The company sent me their most popular item, the Ceramic Versa Short Handled Skillet with Coverand I just love it. Easy to clean, quick and easy to cook with and it comes in gorgeous colors. It’s completely safe for oven, stove top and microwave. It also comes with silicone handle covers so you don’t have to go crazy looking for them, like some other “too hot to handle” pans. You must make sure you use silicone utensils to cook and serve and be gentle while cleaning- it is ceramic! The food comes out awesome and it’s a breeze to clean. And did I mention how pretty it is?
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Xtrema Sky Blue 10″ 100% Ceramic Versa Short Handled Skillet with Cover
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Nontoxic Kitchen Gift #3 - Slow Cooking: The Instant Pot
Ok, so it's 5:00PM and you forgot to defrost something. Again. And you just CAN'T do frozen pizza one more night. Those kids need nutrition! But you're stuck staying up late, using your toxic microwave and praying you don't accidentally cook what you're defrosting, or running something under the water for an hour. It has a stainless steel interior and is safer than your traditional pressure cooker, but faster than that ceramic one!
Forget all that! What you need is an instant pot! Ok, I'll admit I was lured by the promise of "7 minute spaghetti and meatballs." That's not exactly correct, but you can cook a pound of meat that's still frozen in under an hour with your Instant Pot! The learning curve is steep but I recommend you jump right in and learn from your mistakes, then you'll be a happy - and fast - slow cooker!
It comes in many varieties: 6, 7, 9 and 10- in - one! Which is perfect for you?
Nontoxic Kitchen Gift #4 - Blending: The Blendtec Blender
Ok, so you in a one solution item for special diet cooking that can do smoothies, juices, soups, Whole30 dips and more. My favorite tool? The Blendtec, for a few reasons. They have an excellent warranty - it's easy and painless to replace parts and the techs know exactly what is wrong when you explain.
It's also got a smaller base than some OTHER high powered blender models. It comes with a recipe book that tells you how to do specific things like chop grains or grind nuts. And it has LOTS of functions, unlike brands that only have two settings for their high price. You can also buy Blendtec refurbished for a great discount:
UPCOMING DEALS INCLUDE:
- 11/12-11/17: Classic 570 @ $229.95 (regularly $399.95)
- 11/23, 6pm MST - Black Friday, 11/24: $75 off $300 or more (excluding the Pro 800, Mills & Mixers)
- 11/26, 5pm MST-12/1, 5pm MST: Pro 750 & Twister jar Bundle @ $499.95 (Pro 750 = $599.95 retail; Twister jar = $129.95 retail – total retail value = $729.90)
- 12/3, 5pm MST – 11/8,5pm MST: Spoonula & Spectacula Bundle @ $19.95 + free shipping (regularly $49.90)
- 12/10, 5pm MST – 12/15,5pm MST: Blendtec GO @ $99.95 (regularly $149.95)
Nontoxic Kitchen Gift #5 - More Prep: OXO Good Grips 3 Blade Spiralizer
A spiralizer is a great way to to teach your kids some basic cooking skills, encourage healthy eating and have fun doing it! The OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Spiralizer with StrongHold Suction has everything you need and is easy to care for. The suction means your device won't slide while in the midst of spiralizing!
Nontoxic Kitchen Gift #6 - Mixing: The KitchenAid Stand Mixer
This is an amazing workhorse of a mixer! It will last forever, it is great for all your mixing needs. It comes in a variety of sizes, from the new 3.5 quart Mini Mixer, to the professional level mixers. It has a HOST of attachments available, from Ice Cream Maker Attachment to Pasta Roller & Cutter to Food Grinder. I have a 4.5 quart, but this year, you can buy a 3.5 mini, if your counter space and mixing purposes are small.
You can get the KitchenAid K45SSOB 4.5-Quart Classic Series Stand Mixer, Onyx Black.
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