As a real food cook who desire to keep it simple, I own a small collection of kitchen tools. Each and every one has a special purpose in my home, helps me prepare and put clean food on the table. Here’s my list of favorites that I faithfully use every week in the Mountain Cottage kitchen!
There’s nothing like having a small binder filled with your go-to recipes! This little 6×7 inch binder doesn’t take up much space on the counter and comes with pretty cards and plastic sleeves for added protection!
Because I bake all our own bread, I have a variety of pans I like to use. However, my glass bread pans always seem to win out! They’re tough, non-toxic and in the world of natural bake ware, are dirt cheap!
Stone Bakeware Items
When I began clearing my kitchen of Teflon bakeware, I knew I wanted to change over to stoneware! The first item I bought? A pizza stone from a Pampered Chef consultant! I have a number of stoneware items in my home and always keep my eye open for sales.
Cast Iron Cookware
Cast iron is hands down my favorite when it comes to frying food! When cooking eggs, bannock, pancakes or bacon, a good, fashioned old cast iron skillet is the way to go!
Berkey Water Filter
While I understand why chlorine is used for municipal water systems, I also know it can be hard on a person’s gut over time. Plus, you never know what type of metal old water pipes contain! For this reason, I use a large, Berkey water filter in my kitchen. All of our drinking and cooking water is run through our 1.5 gallon system. And I love the clear, fresh taste!
Note: if purchasing for a household of more than 2, I recommend getting the 3.25 gallon Berkey and buying 4 filters.
Komo Grain Flaker
Because I try to keep food as unprocessed as possible, we choose to roll our own grains at home. This small, manual hand flaker rolls our oats, buckwheat, millet and a number of other seeds, giving our bodies the benefit of natural fats and oils held within each type.
A NutriMill Grain Grinder
Home ground flour plays an important role in my home baking. That’s right! We have a small, single unit grain grinder that grinds wheat, spelt, barley and even gluten-free seeds (buckwheat, oat, amaranth) into flour! If you’re just testing the waters, I recommend this simple grinder, which is the one I currently use.
A Bosch Mixer with Blender
Whether I’m making bread dough, whipping cream, creating butter or mashing my potatoes, I rely on my Bosch mixer to do the job! And did I mention I’m absolutely in love with the blender attachment? Truth be told, I use that more than I do the mixing bowl. I use this attachment for making salad dressings and condiments, summer smoothies, to puree tomatoes and apples during canning season. Yes, I love my Bosch!