You don’t need to have a bunch of fancy equipment in your kitchen to cook the keto recipes shared on our website. But you should have a few key items, at least the essential kitchen utensils for everyday use.
MUST HAVE KITCHEN UTENSILS
Measuring cups and measuring spoons
You will want to make sure you are measuring items accurately rather than just eyeballing them, especially for the baking recipes. And if weight loss is your goal, portion sizes will be important, too.
Spatula, slotted spoon, large spoon, whisk, tongs, and a rubber scraper
I tend to buy cute rubber scrapers all the time, but you really only need one of each of these six tools.
Ideally, you should have two: one for vegetables and one for meat
Buy one or two quality chef’s knives. A quality paring knife and a 6- inch chef’s knife are a good start. I bought mine on sale at Williams-Sonoma.
It is less expensive to grate your own cheese than to buy it pre-shredded. Some graters even have storage containers attached to them for convenience.
A citrus zester can also be handy if you find a cheese grater to be too large. In a few of these recipes, we’ll also be zesting/shredding citrus and vegetables.
You will want to have one large baking sheet for one-pan meals and for baking.
9-by-13-inch baking pan
I like to use a deeper baking pan for roasting vegetables and meat. I also use it for my egg frittatas. The one I use all the time is an easy-to-clean Le Creuset enameled cast iron pan.
9-by-5-inch loaf pan
This is a standard-size loaf pan that I use for baking my Keto Bread.
You’ll need a standard muffin tin for several of these recipes. I use a jumbo muffin tin for my BLTA Cups, but a standard tin will work here, too.
8-inch glass baking dish
A smaller deep glass pan is great for baking desserts or making foods in smaller portions.
10- or 12-inch skillet
I like to use a nonstick skillet because they are easy to clean and work really well for keto staples like eggs.
Professional chefs would say a nonstick pan won’t achieve the same level of a sear as a stainless skillet, but for my purposes, it works just fine.
If you prefer a stainless skillet, you will just need to put a bit more elbow grease into the cleaning process. Whichever you choose, buy one with a lid.
Having a small (2-quart) and a large (4.5-quart) saucepan will allow you to make most recipes.
A slow cooker, like the original Crock-Pot and other brands, is very handy for making easy one-dish meals, especially in the winter.
I love letting my house fill up with delicious aromas as the food cooks all day long. The cooker I have is super simple—it doesn’t have a timer or any other fancy mechanisms—and it works like a dream. I use a 6-quart slow cooker for all the slow cooker recipes in this book.
A colander is important for washing fresh fruits and vegetables. Just a medium-size colander should be adequate unless you are cooking for a crowd.
A set of nesting mixing bowls is very helpful when making a recipe. I have a set that I have had for at least 10 years, and I use the pieces all the time.
Ice pop molds
There are a lot of fun ice pop molds out there, and you can choose any shape to make delicious keto-friendly ice pops.
I use parchment paper for everything from egg frittatas to roasting vegetables to making cheese chips. I buy the precut squares.
It says on the box that parchment paper can be used for temperatures up to 425°F. (I learned the hard way!)
You will also need either a blender or a food processor:
A blender is a great tool for making smoothies, coffee drinks, soups, and sauces. If you don’t have a blender, you can get away with doing what I do, which is use my food processor for everything!
I use my food processor a lot for making these recipes. I have a small one, the Cuisinart Mini-Prep because there are only two people in my household. It costs about $40, and I use it all the time.
NICE TO HAVE KITCHEN UTENSILS
I use an electric hand mixer I’ve had for years, but if you have a countertop mixer, that is an awesome tool. A mixer is particularly helpful for making desserts. If you don’t have either, you can also use a whisk and get a great arm workout at the same time.
I do not have a kitchen scale, but I know it is a key item for many people who are trying to lose weight on keto. They use it to measure portions, especially for meat and other proteins.
This tool is very handy for quickly blending soups and sauces right in the pan or bowl, instead of in a food processor or countertop blender.
If you have a rolling pin, it will come in handy for making dishes like pinwheels. If you don’t have one, I have also used a wine bottle and it worked just fine!
I like using a basting brush with olive oil so that you don’t dump too much, but if you don’t have one, you can also use a leafy green or paper towel instead.
For several of these recipes, I transfer a finished dish from the oven to a cooling rack. If you don’t have one, setting your hot dishes on trivets or pot holders will work, too.
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