KITCHEN TOOLS

Non-toxic cookware is a huge issue and my position is to do what works best for our family to minimize exposure to toxins without losing my ability to cook at home in an efficient manner.

Based on my research and using cookware over time, these are the products I own and a few alternatives that I would purchase if I had the space (and budget)! 

STAINLESS STEEL

The heaviest and most durable is 18/10 stainless steel. This means it has 10% nickel and 18% chromium and will last longer. Chromium will protect the stainless steel from rust and stains and with more chrome, your pots will look very shiny. The larger the numbers, the more the cookware is corrosion resistant.

CUISINART 12-PIECE STAINLESS STEEL SET

This Cuisinart 12-piece set has been worth it for the steamer pot alone! The steamer pot handle is stainless steel so the heat from boiling won't melt any plastic. It is extremely easy to clean and wide enough to reheat leftovers in bowls. 

CALPHALON

This Calphalon 12-inch pan is shallow, but great for sauteed vegetables. I recommend using a silicone spatula to avoid scratching.

If you want to learn more about the difference between 18/10 and 18/0 stainless steel, this is a very informative article

 

CUISINART 3.5QT SAUTE PAN

This Cuisinart 3.5 quart stainless steel saute pan is deeper, but still great for simmering sauces and dry vegetable dishes. 

ALL-CLAD SAUCE PAN

A pot like this All-Clad Sauce Pan comes in handy for boiling pasta or making enchilada sauce. I definitely have my eye on the entire All-Clad 10-piece set, but it is pretty expensive and I'll wait until I have more kitchen space to upgrade my current set. 

CAST IRON

Cast iron is one of the safest cookwares available. If you suffer from iron deficiencies, this is a great way to get some added iron into your food. You will need to season it before & after each use. To season, just apply a light coating of a high smoke point oil such as avocado oil to the surface of the skillet when it is clean and ideally a little warm. Each time you use your cast iron cookware, make sure to season it after cleaning to maintain an optimal cooking surface.

PREMIUM 12.5" CAST IRON SKILLET

This Premium 12.5" Cast Iron Skillet took a little getting used to, but I am so happy I finally have made the transition from my usual nonstick to this in the mornings! 

LODGE 8" CAST IRON SKILLET

This Lodge 8" Cast Iron Skillet is probably the best bang for your buck if you are just starting out with your transition to a cast iron skillet.

10.25" CAST IRON SKILLET

This 10.25" Cast Iron Skillet is useful for skillet meals and/or oven souffle's, casseroles, or skillet  pies. 

CAST IRON GRILL PAN

This cast iron grill pan is great for veggie and meat burger patties, salmon cakes, grilling fish, and even grilling vegetables if you're looking for that charred taste, which I love! 

NONSTICK

Non-toxic non-stick has been a huge issue and one I get asked about often. There is a LOT of contradictory information out there, but the consistent message I have seen is that PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) has been studied more in recent years to evaluate the possibility of PFOA causing cancer and found it can increase the risk of certain tumors. The problem is that until 2013, PFOA is a chemical that was used to make PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene), also known as Teflon. While there are a few companies that offer nonstick cookware that is free of PFOA and PTFE, I have tried them and found that they lost their "nonstick" pretty easily (likely my fault for either overheating it or not washing it properly), but they do require a lot more care and attention. This is why I ultimately decided to buy the ScanPan CS+ (or CTX) series because while they are PFOA free, they likely contain PTFE and as long as I do not overheat the cookware or use a nonstick spray, they have remained in great condition and require very little oil for cooking.

SCANPAN 12.75" NONSTICK WOK

I've tried a few nonstick woks and this ScanPan CTX one is my favorite so far, with no burning or sticking. It is easy to clean with a soft sponge and I barely need any oil. 

For more information about PFOAs and PTFE, check out this recent article on the Misen site.  

SCANPAN CS+ 8" and 10.75" SKILLETS

These are the ScanPan 8" and 10.25" skillets I treated myself to this year for Dhan Teras (Diwali). The pans are made of Stratanium (made in Denmark) and the salesperson told me you can essentially use any utensils with it without scratching, but I still use silicone. The main thing to be careful of is the type of cooking oil. If you use a low smoke point oil and it burns, it can ruin the pan. 

SCANPAN 12.75" SKILLET

I love this large ScanPan 12.75" skillet because I can fit an entire one-pan meal and then move a portion to one of my smaller skillets (for the kids) before I add more spice (for us). Remember to avoid cooking sprays, metal utensils, and high heat cooking when cooking with nonstick. 

FUTURA DOSA TAWA (13 INCH)

I have been using the Futura Dosa Tawa for dosa, pancakes, lavash wraps, heating tortillas and I love it. It has basically replaced all of my other flat pans. I cannot stress the importance of waiting for any nonstick pans to cool down completely before washing them by hand. 

ALL-CLAD DIVIDING PROTECTORS

No matter what cookware you have, you need to be protecting your pots and pans with dividers to avoid scratching. These All-Clad Dividers come in three sizes to help protect even the largest pots & pans. 

DAILY TOOLS

I use these almost daily and they definitley have made it easier to make healthier, homemade meals on weekdays, especially.

REVEL DRY/WET GRINDER

I have tried alternative grinders, but I keep coming back to the good old Revel Dry/Wet Grinder. I use these for grinding sprouted oats (for quicker cooking), nuts, seeds, as well as spices, garlic, ginger, etc.

ALL-CLAD 5 QT STEAMER POT

I use a steamer pot DAILY, multiple times. I use it to steam food and reheat food. When reheating meat, I like to add a little bone broth to keep meat from drying out when steaming. It helps to have a large rimmed bowl, so the steam can get easily to the food. Also, a good pair of tongs to lift hot bowls out of the steamer pot (recommended here as well).  

OXO STAINLESS STEEL TONGS

I prefer these Oxo Stainless Steel Tongs because the stainless steel edge allows me to grab whatever hot bowl I've used to reheat food in my steamer pot. They are 12" - long enough to avoid my hands from touching the hot stainless steel steamer pot

COSORI ELECTRIC KETTLE

I rely on my Cosori Electric Kettle numerous times per day. Most importantly, it helps me get the kids breakfast and lunch ready so much quicker than if I had to wait for water to boil on the stovetop. 

SPATULAS

For me, it is important to keep a LOT of various spatulas in many sizes, so there are always backup options when one is in use, dirty, in the dishwasher, or otherwise missing.

CUISINART CURVE CROCK WITH TOOLS (SET OF 7)

The slatted spoons and spatulas in this Cuisinart Crock have come in handy on numerous occasions. 

GIR SILICONE SPATULA SET

I have given this GIR silicone spatula set as a gift to so many people. These spatulas are sturdy, heat-resistant and come in many sizes, including a spoon set and ladle

OXO NYLON LASAGNA TURNER

This sturdy OXO Nylon Lasagna Turner is perfect for breaking up crumbles, whether it be veggie crumbles or meat crumbles, its great for mixing. 

TOVOLO WOOD-HANDLED SPATULAS

I have these Tovolo Flex-Core Wood Handled Spatulas. I use them all the time and love that I can rest the handle on the pan without it getting hot. The silcone is not too hard and won't damage your nonstick pans. 

CHOPPING BOARD & KNIVES

It is important to keep a LOT of various spatulas in many sizes, so there are always backup options when one is in use, dirty, in the dishwasher, or otherwise missing.

JOHN BOOS EDGE GRAIN CARVING BOARD

I love my John Boos Edge Grain Carving Board with the juice groove to prevent spillage when I transport the board to the trash. I also have the Boos Mystery Oil and Board Cream, which I use once a month to treat & protect the board. 

KISO HINOKI CUTTING BOARD

This Kiso Hinoki Wooden Cutting Board is slightly thinner and lighter than the Boos Board. It is easy to wipe down and you can use the Boos Mystery Oil and Board Cream to treat this board as well. 

ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS 2-PIECE CHEF'S SET

I received this Henckels 2-Piece Set for the holidays and love both knives and use them daily. I do not put these in the dishwasher, but they are very easy to wash, so it's never been a problem. 

VICTORINOX WAVY EDGE KNIFE SET

I've had these Victorinox knives for over eight years and they are so good (and sharp, so watch out!). These are great for those veggies that can't quite be chopped with the chef's knife (tomoaoes, small berries, etc.), I recommend designating a specific color for bread and using that one to cut bagels, muffins, bread with that knife, so it doesn't dull. 

KIDS' CHEF KNIVES

I use these Kid Chef Knives in my KID.SMART.FOOD. cooking classes. The kids love it when they get a chance to chop anything. You do have to use a sawing motion when cutting with these. It is best for fruits. 

KIDS' WOODEN BAMBOO CHOPPING BOARD SET

I use these Wooden Bamboo Chopping Boards in my KID.SMART.FOOD. cooking classes and the various sizes have come in very handy. 

MULTICOLORED NON-SKID MIXING BOWLS

These Multicolor Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls are perfect for kids because of the non-skid exterior. 

OXO AVOCADO SLICER

This OXO Avocado Slicer has likely saved my thumb a gazillion times. I love that it also has a built it pit remover so I can easily get the pit out without injury. 

BAKEWARE

I used to bake A LOT. Now I try to limit my baking to the holidays and special occasions. While I have many baking pans, these are the ones I use the most often.

TRUDEAU MAISON SILICONE MINI MUFFIN PAN

I use this Trudeau Maison Silicone Mini Muffin Pan for EVERYTHING! From sweet treats to savory handvo muffins, this pan allows for the cutest of treats! I use a coconut oil spray or avocado oil spray and what I love the most is that you can push the baked goods up and out without having to wrestle them out. 

WILTON BAR PAN

This Wilton Bar Pan is perfect for making stacked goodies for packaging. For example, I make 4 or 5 batches of various desserts and package them up for Diwali treats for my kids' teachers every year. 

WILTON CAKE PANS

I love having various size cake pans for baking. This Wilton cake pan set includes 6, 8, 10 and 12 inch pans. If you like making double layer cakes, I suggest getting 2 sets of these! 

AIRBAKE NONSTICK COOKIE SHEETS

I always line these Airbake Cookie Sheets with unbleached parchment paper, so it doesn't really matter that they are nonstick, but either way, I like how sturdy they are - some metal bends and causes food to "pop" off when you take it out of the oven, so these are nice and sturdy and have never done that. I also like the raised edge to allow for turning. 

CALPHALON JELLY ROLL PANS

I use Calphalon jelly roll pans for roasting vegetables almost on a daily basis. I line them with this unbleaced parchment paper

COOLING & ROASTING RACK

I use this cooling rack for roasting as well. I can skewer chicken and veggie kebabs and put them in the oven on these, with a pan underneath and it comes great! 

SILPAT BAKING MAT

Our Silpat Baking Mats have lasted over ten years. I have three of them and have my eye on these square and round ones as well.  While these are on the expensive side, they save us from using SO MUCH parchment paper that they more than pay for themselves. And they are so easy to clean.  

SILICONE BAKING CUPS

I use these silicone baking cups often, not just for baking, but for separating food in my kids' lunch containers. I'll be perfectly honest, I have about 3 sets of these because I hate washing muffin pans when they get all sticky between batches of baking. 

OXO GOOD GRIPS OVEN MITT

I LOVE these OXO Good Grips Oven Mitts (pictured above), but can no longer find them. This is OXO's new version of their silicone oven mitts. 

KITCHENAID MIXER

I get this isn't technically "bakeware," but I use this often for making batter & dough! My KitchenAid Mixer gets pretty solid use during the holiday season. I use the dough and whisk attachments the most, but would love to try the homemade pasta attachment! 

CUISINART FOOD PROCESSOR

We use our Cuisinart food processor for plenty of homemade muffin, brownie, cookie batters. This one comes with many blades, so you can shred and slice as well. 

PLANT BASED MILK SUPPLIES

I received the Almond Cow last year and have been making homemade nut milks ever since. The only times I have purchased nut milk is if we are returning from traveling and I am in a pinch.

ALMOND COW

I have been using the Almond Cow for nearly a year now and love being able to make plant based milk easily and without the need for any nut milk bags! I typically rotate between cashew, almond, hemp, oat and even pecan milk. You can get $15 off your order with the code PARUL15. 

BALL 24OZ GLASS MASON JAR WITH PLASTIC LIDS

I was using a glass bottle with a cork lid, but it really started getting nasty. I decided I needed glass jars with plastic lids so I could shake up my plant-based milk without the lid getting gross. These Ball glass mason jars did the trick! 

SILICONE BOTTLE BRUSH

It seems silly, but you will want a silicone bottle brush to clean out the canister and the milk bottles, every edge and rim. I got mine from Sur La Table, but this Innobaby one looks very similar. 

VITAMIX BLENDER

If I am making hemp milk, I just use my Vitamix blender, blend 1 cup of hemp seeds with 4 cups of water, 2 dates and a dash of salt. I do not strain my hemp milk-I want all the protein and omega's! 

INSTANT POT & ACCESSORIES

I have the 6qt instant pot and have been eyeing the smaller 3qt for some time, but have no space for it and I can make do with using stackable trays.

INSTANT POT

This 6 quart Instant Pot is the perfect size for my family of four (and sometimes 6, when mom & dad are with us). 

TRIVET

Having a trivet with silicone handles makes it much easier to lift smaller pots out of the IP without spillage or burning yourself! 

STAINLESS STEEL BOWLS

These stackable IP insert pans make it easy to make multiple items at a time, such as rice + dal.  These come with silicone handle grippers to make it easier to lift the trays out of the Instant Pot. 

SILICONE EGG MOLD

Mine egg mold was a gift, so they were single layer, but these egg molds come with the trivet with handles, so it makes it easy to place the egg mold inside the Instant Pot without spilling the egg mixture and also to remove the egg mold once cooked. 

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