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10 Essential Batch Cooking Tools

July 27, 2011

Batch cooking is probably my number one strategy for healthy eating. It just makes my life so much easier. And these 10 tools make batch cooking easier. They are incredibly useful for any sort of cooking, but become simply essential when batch cooking. Check them out…

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1)Dutch Oven

The Dutch oven gets used pretty much every time. You can do everything with it – brown meat, make soups and stews, braise meat, etc. etc. I don’t know what I’d do without it. I currently use Le Creuset, but am looking into Staub, mostly because the Le Creuset is showing some unexpected wear very early on, in spite of being extremely careful with it (you’re supposed to be able to pass them on to your grandkids!). Make sure you get one that’s big enough (it may seem huge to you when you buy it, but the bigger the better when batch cooking). Also, go round rather than oval (even heat distribution when on the burner).

2) Pyrex Bakeware

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Probably the safest (non-reactive) bakeware to use. Anything that doesn’t go in the Dutch oven typically goes into these.

3)Large Roasting Pan

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If it doesn’t fit in the Pyrex Bakeware, it goes in the roasting pan – (roasting meat, veggies, etc.).

4)  Large Cast Iron Pan

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I’m very happy with my Le Creuset enameled cast iron skillet. It’s massive, which is good. And cast iron appears to be the healthiest stovetop cooking option available. Another good brand option is Lodge Logic.

5) Food Processor

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It’s funny, this didn’t get used for the longest time and now I can’t imagine cooking without it! It saves so much time. It chops/slices everything – it’s especially handy for onions (no more tears!). Also use it for grating cheese, making mayo, salad dressings, pesto, creamed soups, cauliflower rice, the list goes on. It’s well worth the investment.

6) Convection oven

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This is a handy splurge. Sometimes, when batch cooking, there’s so much going on at once, that it’s useful to have a secondary oven, especially when the baking/roasting temperatures are different on your various recipes. You can live without this one, but it sure makes life easier. I don’t use microwaves, so it’s also how I re-heat most of my meals.

7) Large cutting boards

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I used to chop on small cutting boards, and now that I’ve switched to large ones, I don’t know what I was previously thinking. You can lay everything you need out on the cutting board, and have enough space to chop it all up. Can also use them for various food assembly, or for hot pots off the stove or out of the oven.

8)Pyrex mixing bowls

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Great for prepping food, and storing it after.

9) Large Stock Pot

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How else are you going to make large quantities of bone broth? You are making your own broth, right?

9)Good set of knives

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They’ll last you forever, and will save you much time and frustration. Chopping is much less tedious with a decent set of knives. Plus, they’ll make you feel like a pro.

What kitchen tools do you swear by?

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Carla August 13, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Great list! I would add a Vita-Mix to this list… I use it almost daily! :)

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[email protected] August 17, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Those things are amazing! I find I can do most things in a food processor, but can see a good blender being handy.

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