15 Wish List Items for the Seasoned Foodie

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I recently wrote my list of recommendations for a new real foodie, but I just couldn’t help myself!  Can you tell that I am a list-loving, organizational type?  This time my list-making abilities are for the seasoned real foodie.  In fact, I am working my way through this list myself.

For the Seasoned Real Foodie

  1. Victorinox 8-inch Chef’s Knife and a Hardwood Reversible Maple Cutting Board: This knife is one that I have been eyeing for some time.  I have seen it linked to and talked about by other bloggers, always with positive reviews.  The set of knives I have right now are the same ones that came to me as a wedding present 9 years ago.  They are fine, and they have stood up well to all my baking and cooking changes over the years.  But I would like to add this one “fancy” knife into the mix so that I can feel like I have a premium tool to use in the kitchen.
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    I also really love this cutting board.  The wooden cutting board I have right now has served me well for several years.  But it is also starting to warp and split a little bit, so I have been looking for a replacement.  I would not usually spend so much on a wooden cutting board, but that was precisely what got me thinking: I have bought a $20 cutting board at least three times in the last 9 years.  If they are not well-made, then they will not last.  So I am investing in this beautiful reversible maple cutting block, which should last a lifetime.  And where better to spend the money than on a kitchen item that you use every day?
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  2. Excalibur 3900 Deluxe 9-Tray Dehydrator plus a Set of 9 Premium Non-Stick Dehydrator Sheets (BPA-free): This is an item I already own and enjoy on a mostly daily basis.  I have a set of silver wire shelving in my dining room where I keep my larger kitchen items.  My dehydrator sits there and allows me to keep counter space free, but to still enjoy the ease and benefit of using my dehydrator for a myriad of tasks: making yogurt, raising bread dough, soaking grains, nuts, and seeds overnight in a warm place, dehydrating those same grains, nuts, and seeds back to a crispy state, softening butter or other fats that are too hard to use, making beef jerky, making fruit leather, and dehydrating fruits.
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    If you plan to dehydrate smaller items like seeds, sprouts, grains, smaller berries, and fruit leather in particular, then you should also get these non-stick liners that fit the trays perfectly and clean up very easily.  I have confirmation that they are made of safe plastic with no BPA in them.  The dehydrator trays come with a waffle-weave grid base that works for most of my dehydrator uses, but for the most part I use these dehydrator sheets for each use.  You could also line them with parchment paper, so it is up to you!
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  3. Electric Wondermill Whisper Mill Grain Grinder: This is another item that I already own.  I like how easy it is to use, and that the reviews that I read when I bought it said that it is very well made and should last for years and years properly maintained.  Since I am currently in the middle of doing the GAPS diet (buy Gut and Psychology Syndrome here), I do not use my grain mill except to make sprouted flour for use to make bread for my husband.  But I look forward to the day when I can make sourdough breads for myself again, and I will use my beloved grain mill!  I hope that some of my readers here are looking for a grain mill recommendation, because I really do love this one.  I would buy it again.
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  4. Large Le Creuset Oval French Oven (9-1/2-quart) for roasts, a large Le Creuset Round French Oven (9-quart) for stovetop cooking, and a small Le Creuset Round French Oven (3-1/2-quart) for everyday stovetop use: I love the brand Le Creuset.  They have been in business for years, they make quality items, and they are committed to customer satisfaction.  They are also one of the few manufacturers of a truly lead-free glaze (alongside Hamilton Beach and Emile Henry).
    I already own the 9-quart round French oven, and I absolutely adore it.  I make soups and stocks in it regularly, and it is gorgeous to boot.  I would like to have a large oval French oven as well.  Why, do you ask?  Whenever I buy a leg of lamb, I am reminded that it doesn’t quite fit.  And especially around the holidays I wish that I had more room for roasting an entire chicken, or even an entire turkey or goose!  So I hope that one day I will have an oval oven for those especially large and oblong entrees I want to make for my family.
    My only complaint about the larger ovens is that they can be heavy to use when you need to make a small amount of food.  When I have a pot of soup to make that is one thing, but when I just need to steam some vegetables, I would love to have a smaller pot there.  That is why the smaller French oven is on my wish list here.  I would keep it on my stovetop, and use it daily.  And again, it would look stunning in my kitchen.   I think this one is my best bet, wish-wise.  It’s a lot less money than the large oven!
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  5. Breville Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor and Z-Star Manual Wheatgrass Juicer:  This set of juicers are something that I don’t think I would have ever guessed that I would own or want to own a few years ago. I didn’t see the point!  After all, aren’t whole foods supposed to be eaten, well, whole?  I have changed my tune after starting GAPS this year.  Juicing every morning and having a small amount of juice can aid with the detoxification process your body goes through every day.  Especially for GAPS people (those with chronic health problems, food allergies, mental illness, auto-immune diseases, and autism), juicing can help you detox from heavy metals, chemical buildup, and other causes of poor health and fatigue.  I have been juicing every morning for about two months now, and I can tell a difference.
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    I also am coveting this wheat grass juicer.  Every time I go with my son to get a Jamba Juice, I get a shot of wheat grass.  Most people do NOT like wheat grass juice, either because they are weenies or because they haven’t given it a fair shot. 😀   I am telling you that ever since the first time I tried wheat grass juice I was hooked.  It tastes like sunshine and bright green fields.  I love it!  I get a boost of energy that is very noticable.  It’s also GAPS-legal, and I crave it.  And that makes me think that my body is trying to tell me something: that I need wheat grass juice more often.  This juicer is specifically for wheat grass which is very fibrous and will not juice in a standard juicer.  I also like this juicer because it is manual and uses a hand crank.  I like to work a little bit for my food (and to save money on simply-constructed tools).
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  6. Lodge Cast Iron Grill Plate and Griddle (Reversible): This is something that I have wanted ever since I bought my cast iron skillet two years ago.  I love that you can put it across two burners and use it for grilling vegetables or steaks (grass-fed, of course), and then just flip it over and use it to make pancakes or waffles.  And because it is cast iron, I will never need to replace it!  Oh, and I have not mentioned this yet but: (on top of how great it performs in the kitchen) do you know why I like cast iron so much?  I love that it imparts actual iron into our food.  It’s true!  If you cook and bake with exposed cast iron, then your food with be iron-rich.  We cook eggs every morning in our cast iron skillet.
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  7. Large 16-inch Emile Henry Oval Gratin Dish, Small Emile Henry Oval Gratin Dish, and Emile Henry 15×10.5-inch Rectangular Baker: Between the three of these dishes, you can throw away all your other glass bakeware used to make casseroles and the like.  And again, these are very high quality pieces of cookware that should never wear out if you take good care of them.  Emile Henry is another reputable company that I love.  Like Le Creuset, they only use truly lead-free glaze.  The difference is that Emile Henry uses fired ceramic instead of cast iron.  I use both brands happily for different tasks.
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    I already own the oval gratin dishes, and I truly love them.  I love to make casseroles in the large one, like my butternut squash pecan casserole, and other goodies like baked fish.  And for you visual people, the presentation in these beautiful heavy white is to die for!
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    One that I don’t own yet is this beautiful retangular baking dish.  I imagine making a really awesome deep dish lasagna in this pan.  Yum!
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  8. Kaiser Bakeware LaForme Springform Pan (PFOA- and PTFE-free): This springform pan is more of an indulgent compromise item for me.  I don’t make cheesecakes that often, but when I do I like to have a springform pan on hand that is sturdy and will stand the test of time.  I like that this one is non-stick but it isn’t a typical non-stick pan made with chemicals like PFOA and PTFE.  But I still think that non-stick is to be generally avoided, so this is the only pan I will make an exception for.  You can’t really have a springform pan that isn’t non-stick, you know?  Plus, I make a killer roasted strawberry and cream swirl cheesecake that makes this pan worth it!
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  9. 10-Liter Harsch Gairtopf Fermentation Crock (also in 5-Liter smaller size): This is another item that I hope to grab one of these days.  I have really been getting into fermenting more vegetable at home, especially my homemade sauerkraut which I can eat by the bowlful (it’s probably my vitamin C deficiency talking!).  But once I get a crock I know that I will make even more ferments, like kimchi, dilly carrots, and cured olives.  I cannot decide which size I want to get, but either one would be fine by me.  And yet again, these crocks are made to last and are completely lead-free.  (Isn’t it sad that we have to look so hard for lead-free items to cook with!?)
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  10. Blendtec 1560-Watt Total Blender OR Mix ‘n’ Blend II Combination blender/mixer: This is something that I have on my shelf for something to buy in the next year or so.  I have wanted a Vitamix blender for a while, so I may end up with that instead of the Total Blender.  But from the reviews that I have read, they are at least evenly matched.  I just want something powerful that will last for a long time.  I love that you can grind coffee and flour in it, plus make smoothies and juice citrus fruit.  I am sure there is more that I can do, so I hope to get one and find out more.
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    What keeps holding me up is that I may want to get the Mix ‘n’ Blend.  The Mix ‘n’ Blend is almost like a Vitamix and a Bosch mixer put together!  So instead of buying a Bosch separately (I prefer them to a Kitchen Aid mixer), and then also paying for a separate blender like the two mentioned above, I would rather use this combination appliance.  The only thing that has been holding me back is performance, but from a lot of reviews I have read, there has been mostly good news.  I will be one happy camper someday when I get my hands on this baby!
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  11. Berkey Water Filter: My friend Cara over at Health, Home, and Happiness recently got one of these filters and I tried it when I was over at her house.  It makes our Arizona water taste positively delicious!  (Anyone who lives here with our dirtwater will appreciate that).  Right now I mostly go and pick up filtered MPP water once a week from a local water purification place, but I am tired of lugging those 3- and 5-gallon jugs in and out of my house, the car, and the store.  I hope to get a Berkey soon.  They can even get flouride out of your water!
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  12. OXO Stainless Steel Food Mill and OXO Good Grips Potato Ricer: These two items are pretty handy little gadgets.  I love to make lots of different kinds of soups, and so a quality food mill sounds wonderful.  I love that this one has rubberized feet, because it doesn’t touch the food but will make it much easier to use.  I have also heard food mills endorsed over food processors for soup in particular.  In a food processor it becomes too smooth, like baby food.  But with a food mill, you can make sure the consistency is pleasant and still has texture.
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    The potato ricer is a simpler version of the food mill from what I can tell.  I think it would be handy for potatoes like it says, but for me I woudl probably use it for cauliflower and other steamed vegetables that I want to make smaller and more palatable in certain dishes.  I also imagine that ricing butternut squash would be nice for adding to soups and stews without needing to dice and mash it.
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  13. Emile Henry 2-Quart Souffle Dish: This souffle dish is beautiful!  I have an affinity for all things made with eggs.  Custards, clafoutis, flaugnardes, quiches, crustless quiches (like my one made with caramelized leeks and sharp cheddar), and best of all: souffles.  I have vivid memories of reading about souffles falling, that everyone needed to tiptoe around the house to make sure the delicate creation made it out in tact.  While that all may be exaggeration, I still have a special place in my heart for nourishing souffles.  Once I get this dish I will simply have to post a recipe!  (You can also get smaller souffle dishes here in a set of two 8-ounce dishes.)
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  14. Emile Henry Enameled Clay Pizza Stone OR this simple unglazed Old Stone Round 16″ Pizza Stone:  A pizza stone is something I have wanted for some time.  I cannot decide between the Emile Henry glazed stone or the basic ceramic stone listed second.  I like the idea of a plain stone without glaze because it is truer to the traditional way of making pizza in a wood-burning stone oven.  But I am not sure about the material used in the Old Stone pizza stone.  But I am sure that the Emile Henry pizza stone is completely safe, even if glaze isn’t traditional.
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  15. Set of 4 Small 6-ounce Ramekins and a Set of 4 Creme Brulee Dishes: These small dishes are just plain fun!  I have a set of the ramekins already and I really love how versatile they are.  I like to make chicken liver pate and put it into one of the ramekins.  Or sometimes I make individual egg quiches for breakfast for each person.  I have yet to try it, but I look forward to making individual berry crumbles for the next time we have company for dinner.  With Emile Henry you can’t really go wrong with the beautiful presentation of the food against the pure white canvas of the glazed ceramic.
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    And as for the creme brulee set, I am determined to find a way to make creme brulee GAPS-legal, or at least GAPS-friendly 🙂  I miss creme brulee for that special occasion.  Plus, at least I know that it is real food friendly.  If I cannot have it on GAPS, then I can look forward to having it sometime in the future.   We can all admit it, right?  We really just want to use that kitchen blowtorch!
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    This post is a part of Sunday SchoolMonday ManiaMake Your Own! MondayTraditional TuesdayFat TuesdaySlightly Indulgent Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, The Mommy Club, Healthy2day Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Fresh Bites Friday, and Fight Back Friday.
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  1. Thank you for making me drool. 🙂 Now I have stuff from the newbie AND seasoned list that I want! 😉

    • Um yeah, me too! But I am patient, so I can wait and buy each item as I am able. I hope to at least get one from the list this year, but I am not sure. We just moved into a house this year, and that is crazily expensive.

  2. You have expensive taste 🙂 I think we would get along, HAHA.

    • It is SO true. I feel better about it when I realize that they are really well-made items that I will hopefully never have to replace. Quality over quantity! I’m glad you agree 🙂

  3. You can get that knife for about $20 at any Cash n’ Carry, aka Smart and Final store. They also have a set of ramkins for less than $20. I got a six quart enamel coated roaster at Costco with a metal handle on the lid for about $50. Works great.

    • Good tip about the knife! I just bought it from Amazon anyways though, oh well 🙂

      As far as the enameled roaster and ramekins go, you get what you pay for. Almost all other brands of “cheaper” ceramic/enameled kitchen items have lead in the glaze. I would NOT recommend getting anything enameled, ceramic, or glazed except from a quality lead-free company: Hamilton Beach, Le Creuset, and Emile Henry are the ones I know about for sure. Do not buy any other brands unless you call the company and find out from their manufacturer if the material is truly lead-free. I did that once when I found a bunch of cute items at Cost Plus, and it was worth it because they DO have lead in their glazes (for Dutch ovens, souffle dishes, ramekins, dishes, etc.)

      • Kristie says:

        I am very interested in this subject because I am at the point in my real food journey where I want some high quality things to make nourishing food easier and healthier! I am thinking of buying a Lodge enamel dutch oven that is very similar to Le Creuset and Mighty Nest recommends it. Mighty Nest specializes in “creating healthy homes”, and they seem to have done their research. Do you think I should call Lodge to ask some questions first to double check before I buy? (The description on the Mighty Nest website says lead and cadmium free.)

        • Yes, I would definitely call and do some fact-finding. You should ask if the glaze is truly lead-free, or just below the legal level where they can say “lead-free”. That was one tricky point I found as I called on a few brands last year. Please let me know what you find. I would love to know and they I can update my list if Lodge is truly lead-free. Especially since Lodge is a little more economical and easier to find in stores (though Amazon makes that easier!)

  4. Don’t waste your time with the potato ricer. It’s pretty much only good for potatoes. Think of it like a really big garlic press. It’s got small holes and a thing to press food through the holes. You can use it to juice lemons and limes. I’ve also heard that you can use it to make spaetzle (German egg noodles). But it’s not going to work well for fibrous vegetables like cauliflower and butternut squash. The fibers will just clog up the holes in the ricer. You’re better off just using the food processor.

    • I still think I want one, it just looks so handy. Plus I might use it in the meantime before I get a proper food mill. I’ve actually had spaetzle and I love it! (I wonder if I could make it grain-free…)

  5. I’ve got my eye on the lodge cast iron pizza pan 🙂
    http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-Logic-Cast-Pizza-Black/dp/B0000E2V3X/

  6. I can vouch for the Breville juicer. Love mine. It doesn’t do well with leafy stuff but it is great for firm fruits and vegetables. Very easy to clean. I might get the wheat grass juicer for leafy greens.

  7. After reading this, I was very concerned that my crockpot may be leaching lead into my bone broths. I contacted Rival about the glaze of my crock pot. They said it was lead free basically. Here is their email response:

    Thank you for contacting Crock-Pot, a brand of Jarden Consumer Solutions.

    I will be happy to help you,

    Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS) continues to proactively test its products for lead and other toxic metals, with the results continuing to come back favorably. Lead is not an additive in the Crock Pot slow cooker ceramic glaze. JCS is diligent in its efforts to ensure that its products are compliant with applicable regulations regarding the presence of lead.

    We appreciate your business and are happy to help if you have any further questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shontia

    Jarden Consumer Solutions

    http://www.crock-pot.com

  8. got any tips on cleaning cast iron? especially eggs off of it?
    thanks

    • I always rinse it out as soon as possible, and I only use hot water and a plain scrubber (like steel wool, but no added chemicals). It comes off just fine! I also make sure and oil it after it’s dry, with an animal fat if possible (butter, lard, tallow) since the veggie ones don’t seem to work as well (coconut, palm).

  9. Hi Kendahl,
    I’m a big foodie and I love your list! I have many of the items you mentioned and they are great. I use my Blendtec everyday and couldn’t imagine not having it. I want to get a Berkey filter next. Thanks for sharing this list.

  10. Can you provide any additional information on the Berkley water filters and the ability to filter out fluoride? The way I understood it, fluoride is nearly impossible to remove, and I have been unable to find anything about it on their website. Thanks!

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