These are all things that I use just about everyday.
I recommend products, books, and inspiration that I love and actually use myself.
Mason Jars – I more recently got on this kick with the Mason jars. I picked mine up at Menards at the lowest price I’ve seen. I use the Wide-Mouth Pint-Sized Mason Jars for drinking cups, making & storing juice, and small amounts of leftovers. I found these Wide-Mouth Mason Jar Plastic Lids at Meijer and instantly fell in love. They are BPA-FREE! They DON’T RUST in the dishwasher! Life-changing. Menards doesn’t have, the plastic lids, but I’ve seen them in person at Meijer or I just order them on Amazon.
I knew the Mason jars would be perfect for keeping juice, but I didn’t know they would be perfect for so many other things. I use the Wide-Mouth Quart-Sized Mason Jars for dry storage. I like to shop in bulk and keep nuts, seeds, rice, and beans in Mason jars now. They bring me so much joy instead of looking at all the random plastic bags I used to have in the pantry from the bulk section.
I put leftovers in the pint-sized, wide-mouth Mason jars. I make salads-to-go in the quart-sized wide-mouth jars. I make nut milks and soups in the half-gallon jars. They are perfect for soaking nuts on the counter; they don’t take up as much space as a bowl. Mason jars are perfect for culturing and fermenting. Making sour cream is a breeze. Love me some Mason jars.
Vitamix – I got this monster as a gift. But if it broke tomorrow, I would go out and drop the million dollars or however much it is for this thing. I LOVE it that much. I use the Vitamix for everything. It makes soup, gravy, hummus, nut cheeses, juices, dips, sour cream. I use it everyday. The restaurants I’ve worked at have used Vitamixes. So I’ve seen them take a beating and hold up.
Juicer – I have the Breville Juice Fountain Elite, and I love it. I used to have the Breville Juice Fountain Multi-Speed, but after 2 years, the plastic housing and the variable speed dial both broke. So I upgraded to the Elite. I usually make juice everyday and this juicer is fast, easy to clean, and the juice isn’t as pulpy as other juicers I’ve tried.
Spiralizer – The GEFU Spirelli is an awesome little gadget to make zucchini noodles. I love this thing, and it doesn’t take up any room in my kitchen. Although, when you are making zucchini pasta for 15…the wrist gets a bit tired from cranking out the noodles.
Mandoline – I use this mandoline slicer for slicing raviolis and pirogies from root vegetables. Be careful with these things. Always use the little safety features.
Food Processor – I have the Cuisinart 11-Cup Food Processor that I bought at Costco. I love this thing. I use it almost everyday. It’s a little magic machine. It makes dips, sauces, soup, gravy, hummus, guacamole, nut cheese, nut butters, and probably a million other things I’m forgetting.
Knife – My Kyocera Ceramic Chef Knife is my favorite thing in the whole kitchen. That whole ‘stranded on a desert island’ scenario…this knife would be what I’d want on that island. It’s amazing. It is always super sharp. It’s perfect for veggie lovers. No bone cutting allowed with the ceramic blade. And no cutting on countertops, plates, glass, metal either…only on your cutting board.
Citrus Press – I use a lot of fresh lemon and lime juice. This citrus press made sense to me after I was killing my hands trying to squeeze a cup full of lemon juice. It’s solid and convenient. Use it to make margaritas with fresh lime juice.
Dehydrator – I invested in the Cabela’s Commercial Dehydrator. I know, it’s expensive. I worked at two raw restaurants that were constantly running these beasts making flax crackers, kale chips, and corn tortilla chips. Literally, running like 24 hours, 6 days a week. I know they last. Also, I got so used to using them. I love the big racks, I love the controls. I use it to make crackers, eggplant bacon, raw cookies and breads, chips.
Water Filter – I’m getting a new water filter soon because mine broke. I thought the water filter was important to mention. I don’t buy bottled water and like to filter the tap water. A lot of water filters are made with animal bone char…like dead animals, bones, burned into charcoal, and put in a filter so your water can be pushed through it. That’s creepy to me. Worth researching more. Maybe you’re cool with that. It’s all good.
Cheesecloth – Cheesecloth is great for lots of things, straining things, yogurt, cheese-making. Here is a good, solid cheesecloth.
Food for Thought
Books About Food
- Crazy, Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr
- Crazy, Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
- Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin
- Choosing Raw by Gena Hamshaw
- The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
- Raw Food for Everyone by Alissa Cohen
- Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli
Books that Changed my Life
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
- The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Kelly Turner
- Money: A Love Story by Kate Northrup
A lot of these are on Netflix. Also try your local library.
Websites & Blogs
Food and Juice
Juice Master – I have and love two of his apps for juice cleanse programs and juice recipes,
both the 5 lbs in 5 Days and 7 lbs in 7 Days. (Although, Jason will be the first to tell you that it’s not about the weight, it’s about how you feel.)
Life-Changing and Inspiring
Confronting Fear – A Keynote Speech by Photographer, Sue Bryce
Please note, some of these links are affiliate links where I could earn a small commission if you make a purchase through them. I promise to use what I earn to make this site even better and bring you more delicious recipes.