Touch·stone (n): a test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of a thing
The Wildatarian™ Diet is beyond food. It is about creating a sustainable lifestyle, from the farm to your table. My kitchen is a sacred space and I am intentional about the tools I use to create my meals. Below are a few of my kitchen touchstones that have been personally vetted by me over years of frequent use. These tools will make your journey to becoming a Wildatarian effortless and sustainable.
The following tools I’ve found essential to being an efficient Wildatarian in the kitchen. These are recommendations based on my experience with these tools. I have provided explanations below for what these are, what they’re used for, and why I’ve chosen them.
Because Wildatarian meat can be so much leaner, a cast iron skillet can give you an amazingly tender steak. I heat the pan, add olive oil, thinly slice my cut of meat and sear until just pink in the middle. The heat of the cast iron keeps the meat’s natural juices in and promotes incredible flavor. You will need a few “helpers” – a silicone handle cover, a pot holder and a sponge.
This cookware is crucial when preparing any Wildatarian fowl. These Dutch Ovens will allow the natural juices of your pheasant, duck, or Cornish game hen to be incorporated back into your bird.
This is my go-to whenever I need to save time on cooking. It also is essential for those very lean cuts of meat, such as venison. The pressure cooker allows you to make stews with these wild meats resulting in a tender, succulent meal. It’s a great way to cook dried beans as well – saving time and deactivating some of the nutrients in beans which can make them harder to digest. The InstantPot offers a pressure cooker and slow cooker in one – saving counter and storage space
Stainless Steel Pots – frying pan – sauté pan – pots
Stainless steel is healthy with great qualities and you can use it daily without any health concerns. Scientists have proven that many of the non-stick cooking surfaces off-gas toxic fumes and can leach chemicals into your food. Aluminum and copper cookware can also be problematic – as these are metals which can have unintended consequences in you body. Stainless steel is non-reactive and safe – and you don’t have to worry about little flakes from non-stick pots and pans- getting into your food.
Cutting boards are essential to any kitchen, but you want to make sure that whatever your Wildatarian food touches is going to be clean and chemical-free. I use organic, bamboo cutting boards that are BPA-free and antimicrobial, plus they look great in my kitchen.
Meal prepping is a key component to maintaining a Wildatarian lifestyle. In order to keep all your delicious meals fresh, you need a storage container that is safe and clean. These BPA-free, snap-on glass containers are perfect for the freezer, fridge or microwave for easy access to creating the perfect meal. Best of all, if you take these for your in-office Wildatarian lunches, you can microwave them safely knowing that no plastic will leach into your food. The glass containers also cut down on carbon footprint, another tenet of living as nature intended.
A good knife is the best tool in your kitchen to make your meal prep effortless. I always make sure my knives are sharp and stainless steel gives you the best cutting experience.
I don’t know what I would do without my Nutribullet. It is great for everything from smoothies to making delicious dips. It is easy to clean and can be taken on the go with its easy lid and container design.
The Vitamix is the most powerful blender on the market, and while expensive, it is worth every penny. You can use this blender in so many ways – to make a smoothie, blend a salad dressing, puree a soup and liquefy or pulverize literally any food item.
I liken juicing to a nutrition IV. The extracted nutrients don’t need digestion – they are ready to go into your body and start feeding every cell. Juicing is essential to keeping your liver clean and it is a practice I enjoy daily. I really like masticating juicers like this OmegaVert. It’s easy to use and takes no time to clean.
I use parchment paper as an alternative to aluminum to decrease the heavy metals that I put into my body. I do use aluminum foil to protect my food from sticking to the pan, but I just add this unbleached parchment paper as a liner!
The “non-sponge” is a steel-wool sponge that doesn’t collect as much dirt and germs.
The following tools I’ve found very helpful to have in my kitchen, but you can get away with not having them.
Being sustainable means cutting down on the plastic waste we create – this includes those ubiquitous seasoning containers. These battery operated grinders look great and are extremely convenient. Use whole peppercorns and unbleached Himalayan or sea salt to make sure your spices are as fresh as can be.
The spiralizer is great for making pasta-like substitutes for a variety of dishes. All Wildatarians can enjoy zucchini noodles – zoodles – or spiralizer a sweet potato for healthy hash browns. Use almost any vegetable in this fun kitchen tool!
One of the cornerstones of the Wildatarian diet is replacing commercially raised meat and poultry with wilder, healthier options. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be hard to find lean, ground meats like venison,lamb and bison. This meat grinder is perfect to turn a whole cut of meat into ground for patties, meatloafs, chilis, sauces even sausages!
Another great non-toxic way to store almost anything in your kitchen. Not only are these pretty but they can be used in a variety of ways:
- Store leftovers – anything from soups and stews to grains, veggies and eggs
- Salad-in-a-jar – assemble a salad with layers of ingredients and bring to work. Just dump it into a bowl, mix and enjoy
- Dry goods storage – store your legumes, grains, nuts, seeds and spices. Clear glass means you know what’s inside
- Canning and fermenting – use these for canning fruits, veggies and making ferments
- Water for the day – we all know that we need to drink lots of water! Fill mason jars with filtered water in the morning and know that you need to empty them by the end of the day. A splash of lemon, lime or juice can make them delicious and nutritious!
I love lattes but am apprehensive of the quality of milk and coffee that go into those that are sold at coffee shops and restaurants. Making a professional quality latte is easy with the Aero latte. Best of all, you can choose your milk and coffee! I choose organic, cold processed coffee low in mycotoxins and free of toxic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Always choose a clean, organic dairy or nondairy milk and enjoy!
When I first got this as a gift, I thought this would be a superfluous kitchen gadget but now I use it daily. This old world kitchen helper releases essential oils from the plants, seeds, and herbs you put in it. Great for Guacamole making, flavoring sea salts with herbs, crushing garlic or making curry.
Lined with silicone is great for pan-frying or sautéing, and won’t ruin the surface of your plans and its dishwasher safe.
These peelers are great for not just peeling, but for slicing cheese and also making veggie ‘noodles’, which can simply be cut in half lengthwise for a thinner size.
These are the best kitchen scissors, they can do everything from open thick plastic packaging to trimming meats and herbs right into the pan, saving you a cutting board to wash.
This is a great combo zester and grater, wide enough for cheeses as well as citrus rind and root herbs like ginger.
This is a great meat thermometer for measuring doneness. It can monitor your meat without you having to open the oven and interrupt cooking.
These are great kitchen towels, and washable, lint-free, and great for the environment and wallet.
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