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must-have gadgets for the paleo chef
by Josh Santos
The newest food fad of Whole Foods shoppers and hippies, the Paleo diet seeks to emulate the diet of cave men. According to US News and World Report, this means saying goodbye to sugar, diary, and grains and saying hello to fish, meat, fruits, and vegetables. Simply a family or friend is eating like a cave man doesn't mean they have to forgo cool kitchen gadgets. The following six items are essential for any paleo loving chef.
Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator $50-$60
If you are strictly following the paleo diet, you won't be able to make quick trips through fast food drive throughs. This means you need to have pre-made snacks that are easy to take along when you leave the house. The food dehydrator is the perfect way to make everything from tasty jerky to kale chips, according to ThePaleoMom.com. It is a must-have for anyone who wants to keep their pantry stocked with tasty and healthy paleo-to-go treats.
Omega Nutrition Center Juicer $260
The paleo chef on your list has said goodbye to corn syrup laden sodas, but they can still enjoy sweet juice drinks thanks to the Omega Nutrition Center Juicer. Able to juice everything from fruits to greens, this juicer slowly squeezes the fruit so that it resists oxidation. This means that your paleo-chef only has to juice once every three days instead of every day.
Waring Pro Meat Grinder $130
Perfect for turning hunted elk into tasty breakfast sausage, a meat grinder is must-have for any paleo diet devotee. Although the Waring Pro is a standalone grinder, many grinders attach to stand mixers. Unless you know exactly which type of grinder your paleo pal prefers, try shopping at a place like Macy's that has lots of options and great Black Friday deals. This makes it possible for them to return and replace your grinder if they prefer another type.
IMUSA Granite Mortar and Pestle $30
With a mortar and pestle, the chef on your list can give new dimension to his meaty paleo dishes. Using these ancient tools, he can grind his own spices and mash his own herbs. If he makes bone broth, he can use the mortar and pestle to grind down the bones even further as they cook. Many paleo fans love bone broth — it is considered incredibly healing and a magic elixir by many paleo advocates, according to UndergroundWellness.com.
Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet $25-$125
If the person on your list is eschewing grains and sugars, they are also avoiding Teflon and similar materials. Rather than buying her a non-stick pan that is filled with what she consider to be toxins, you need to buy her a cast iron skillet. Working with a skillet takes some practice, and your paleo chef will have to season the new skillet. Luckily, NomnomPaleo.com has instructions on how to do that.
OXO Silicone Oven Mitt $15
If you are cooking with a skillet, the handle will get hot. Rather than letting the paleo cook on your list burn her hand, get her some oven mitts. Silicone mitts are a relatively inexpensive gift, or you can make mitts yourself if you are crafty.