After years of wholesome gluten-free cooking, I’ve learned a thing or two about what tools can make the process more enjoyable and convenient. And who isn’t interested in making gluten-free meals easy?!
High-priority items for a serious gluten-free cook are a heavy-duty blender and at least one good cast iron skillet.
I suggest heavy-duty blenders (Vitamix and Blendtec are great brands, Ninja is a fine option too) because they are great for grinding all kinds of grains and blending all kinds of batters. We also use ours daily for making fruit smoothies, salad dressings and such.
At the present time we have four nicely seasoned cast iron skillets. I don’t think I’ve ever purchased one new. They must have been thrift-store finds or passed down to me. I love our really shallow skillet for making pancakes. To keep your skillet in good condition be sure to never wash it. No water. No soap. Just wipe it out with a paper towel after using. If it is quite dry, add a little oil before wiping it out.
I also really like baking stones and ceramic or glass baking pans. They clean up nicely and don’t require oil. They’re a little harder to find, but stone or ceramic muffin pans are really nice too.
If you don’t have a baking stone, by all means, treat yourself to some baking parchment paper. This makes baking clean-up a breeze! I think I never made cookies or biscuits for many years because I dreaded washing the baking sheets. Little did I know that ordeal could have been avoided with the use of parchment paper!
I also LOVE my pressure cooker (the InstantPot is a great electric version), my rice cooker (Vitaclay, with a ceramic inner pot) an my almond milk machine (Soyabella– designed for soy milk, but also works for raw nuts milks). These appliances are a little more costly, but they really are conveniences for the whole-foods cook!
And a couple last “luxury items” (though they aren’t that costly):
- push-up measuring cup (great for measuring coconut oil, nut butters, honey, etc.)
- ice cream scoop (great for scooping muffin and biscuit batter)
- sturdy whisk
- glass/ceramic mixing bowls
- a bunch of canning jars on hand (for storage and day-to-day use)- 1/2 pint, pint and quart sizes. They are very inexpensive yet look great for displaying whole food ingredients.
Get more practical tips on making gluten-free meals easy in this great book!