If you are new to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet(SCD), Whole Foods or Paleo diet then you may be wondering how best to outfit your kitchen to speed up your weekly prepping. I have been following the SCD for over 9 months now. The following tools are what I have in my kitchen and use absolutely every week. There are probably more tools I could have, but I find I do just fine with the following tools in my kitchen
I was one of those college kids that sold Cutco, but at the time I didn’t understand their true value. Fast forward to me spending hours in the kitchen every week and now I can’t imagine my kitchen without them. To me, Cutco has the most comfortable handle, they have a wide range of knives and utensils, the blades cut through EVERYTHING, you have a lifetime guarantee (not just for the purchaser, but for the owner), and their customer service is great. I love my knives so much that I take them with me. When you are cutting veggies every day- these knives make that much of a difference! I am not getting paid to say this, I simply love my Cutco knives. I have the following knives: 6-3/4″ Petite carver, 7-5/8″ Petite Chef, Trimmer, Spatula Spreader, 2- 3/4″ Pairing knife, and Turning fork.
I also use the Cutco vegetable peeler, but you can find quality veggie peelers at your local store as well.
Obviously if you are going to be cutting up a ton of veggies and meat, you need cutting boards. I highly recommend getting at least 3. I don’t have a link to the exact ones I use, but they are similar to these.
You can steam your vegetables on the stove over a pot of boiling water with a steam basket, but using this rice/food steamer will free up some time. You will no longer be a slave over the stove. Fill the basin with water, add the veggies to the basket, plug it in and walk away. I can even leave the house and come back later because once the veggies are steamed it automatically turns into “warm” mode. I use mine every couple of days.
I used this blender most in stages 1 and 2 of the SCD diet when you need to puree your veggies and fruit. A high powered blender is a MUST. It cuts up the veggies faster and the puree is more smooth.
I did not have a food processor until about the 6th month into the diet. I don’t think it’s a necessity, but man is it nice. I can slice my carrots, tomatoes, onions, celery in half the time. If you are able to have cheese, you can also shred cheese–no more killing your hand on a grater. Ultimately, we decided to buy one to save my wrist (tendonitis) from having to cut so much. For me, it is totally worth it.