Whether you are brand new to a ketogenic diet, or an old pro - you are likely spending some quality time in your kitchen. Even though the Keto diet has become more popular recently, there still aren't too many widely available convenience foods plus we all know homemade is best.
If you aren't used to cooking most meals at home than this can be overwhelming and often discouraging to newbies. This list of kitchen gadgets and tools are some of the things that make the extra kitchen time just a little bit easier.
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1. Silicone Baking Mats
These silicone baking mats are seriously amazing when it comes to things like cheese crisps, and fathead pizzas. They also come in handy for baking keto cookies and low carb pretzels.
2. The Instant Pot
If I could only keep one kitchen appliance, it would be a close call between my Instant Pot and my dishwasher. This thing can seriously do it all! Hard-boiled eggs, soups, roasts, bone broth, baked goods, CHEESECAKES, and on and on and on
Here are some great keto instant pot recipes to get you started:
3. Whoopie Pie Pans
Ok, so I have to admit, before going keto - this is one of those things I would have made fun of people for buying. It seems like a huge waste of space. That is until you realize what a great tool it is! I use it to make cloud bread, burger buns, and my favorite Keto McGriddles!
4. Milk Frother
Bulletproof coffee is a staple on may keto diets. Starting your day with a healthy dose of fat (and caffeine of course) is the perfect way to set yourself up for a productive and focused day if you ask me. Using a frother turns your favorite fatty coffee into a latte-like experience without the hefty price tag!
5. Silicone Muffin Liners
I recommend you get a traditional "muffin" size liner as well as mini muffin liners. The traditional ones are great for making egg cups and keto-friendly cupcakes. While the small ones make great molds for fat bombs. When I was just starting keto, fat bombs were LIFE. They help you power through cravings and keep you on track. I still enjoy them from time to time and these silicone molds make it super easy.
Looking for some good low carb cupcake recipes? Well seek and you shall find:
- Low Carb Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting
- Sausage Pancake Muffins
- Lavender Cupcakes
6. Cast Iron Skillet
So many people are afraid of cooking with cast iron - but once you get the hang of it you will never go back. It's the best way to sear a steak, it cooks a mean burger and you can even bake in them!
Tip - Never wash your cast iron with soap! After it has cooled, remove any excess grease or debris, then scrub it with a steel wool pad OR sprinkle about 2 tablespoon of course salt into the pan and scrub with a towel. Once clean, thoroughly dry and wipe the inside with a little oil.
We all know noodles are life but unfortunately, on a keto diet, traditional pasta is a no-no. Luckily spiralized veggies fill the void nicely and hold up with most sauces. Most commonly spiralizers are used with zucchini, but you can also try broccoli stalks and baby eggplant!
After you get your spiralizer, be sure to try my Cajun Chicken "Pasta"!
8. Blender/Food Processor
Ok, really we are all adults here and if you cook in your kitchen at all, then your adult self needs one of these gadgets. Use them to make cauliflower rice, pancakes, homemade mayo, and of course, protein shakes.
Put your new food processor to the test with these recipes:
9. Digital Food Scale
Even if you aren't a die-hard food tracker, I think that everyone should practice weighing out their portions every once in a while in order to get an idea of what an actual serving looks like. If you've never done this before prepare to be deeply saddened - sorry.
10. Burger Press
Maybe this item is here because I'm a little OCD about my burgers all being uniform - or maybe it's because touching raw ground beef with my bare hands makes me want to gag. Either way, I love my burger press!
Burgers are my go-to quick meal. I like to make a bunch ahead of time and keep them in the freezer until I am ready to eat them. I also love that once they are formed, my older kids can pretty much cook them themselves on my ...
11. George Foreman Grill
You have no idea how hard it is for me to recommend this product. When I first met my husband, the only kitchen appliance that he owned was a George Forman Grill and it pretty much cooked every meal he ate. We are talking hamburgers and chicken breasts EVERY SINGLE DAY. The day that thing died was one of the happiest days of my life - and I definitely made that fact well known.
So you can imagine how hard it was for me to suck up my pride and bring another one into my house. I use mine for burgers, chicken, and also breakfast sausage and bacon. It cuts down and cooking time and grease clean-up PLUS as mentioned - my older kids can use it to fix their own food which is a HUGE win in my book!
Try making my FAVORITE Bacon Cheeseburgers on the George Forman and you will feel like it's summer all year long 🙂
12. Butter Bell
If you are on keto you are likely eating a LOT of butter - I mean really a lot. A butter bell safely stores butter on the counter at room temp so it's always soft and spreadable; exactly how butter was made to be.
13. Small Hanging Trash Bag
We all know that cleaning is the worst part of cooking right? This hanging trash bag is a lifesaver in the cleanup department and a huge space saver for those of us with limited counter space. Toss in your veggie scraps and other trash as you go without making multiple trips to the trash or cluttering up your counter.
14. Instant Read Thermometer
Cooking the perfect steak is a science and this meat thermometer is like your study guide. It helps keep you from committing one of the 7 deadly sins of the keto diet - AKA dry steak (or chicken, pork, fish, etc)
15. Air Fryer
I hesitated to put this on the list because the whole point of an air fryer is to cook food without oil and the whole point of keto is to eat more fat and oil (I know that's a big generalization - but hopefully you get it). I decided to add it anyway because it makes the most deliciously crisp food and is something that I use all the time. Some of my favorite things to make in an air fryer are veggie chips, roasted vegetables (zucchini is my favorite!) and the BEST chicken wings you ever ate!
Honorable Mention: Mason Jars with Plastic Lids
These will come in handy in so many ways! I use them to store homemade seasonings (like my homemade taco seasoning) Bone Broth, Homemade Marinara Sauce, and lately I've even been into making my own pickles.
So there you have it! These are the things I couldn't live without in my kitchen!
I've left off the most basic things that I think most people would have, like a good set of knives, measuring cups/spoons, storage containers, mixing bowls spatulas, etc. but do yourself a favor and get those things if you still don't have them 🙂