When you start your LEAP diet you start to realize that you need a few extra tools to make your cooking experience more efficient (and alot more fun)? Having the right type of tool can make a world of difference in the outcome of your food (and will mean a lot less frustration on your part!) My Farmer is a researcher and only buys the best — from tractors to tools to kitchen equipment. Christmas, Birthdays, and Mother’s Day gifts from him are usually new kitchen tool for me to enjoy. Here is a curated list of some of our favorite (and time tested) kitchen tools on Amazon — just click on the image to go to the page (affiliate links help support our site at no additional cost to you).
Cucina Pro Electric Tortilla Maker
Description: Fresh tortillas — from corn, wheat, spelt, kamut, rice and more! There is no turning back once you learn to make your own tortillas! I have used this brand for 6 years now. When my original tortilla maker had made it’s last batch after 5 years I gladly purchased another in gratitude for its faithful service!
Zojirushi Bread Machine
Description: This workhorse can handle my freshly milled without effort. It was a Christmas gift from my Farmer one year that earned him much praise! I have used it at least 3-4 times a week for 5 years or more now and it is still going strong!
Now that I have perfected the method and settings, I can make homemade bread with only 5 minutes of less of hands-on time — from milling my own grain to pulling out a loaf of fragrant, warm bread ready to slather with golden butter and local honey!
Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor
Description: Perfect for chopping/dicing vegetables, pureeing fruits/vegetables, making hummus, and crafting your own creamy nut butters or energy bites!
Cuisinart Immersion Blender
Description: Our go-to blender for cream soups such as our Creamy Sweet Potato Soup
Digital Food Scale
Description: I like this for baking — it helps me substitute the exact weight of flour when I am converting recipes. I have had this exact model for over 5 years and it keeps on going! (I bought this one myself — it has served its purpose and sometimes I don’t need a top of the line model to get the job done!)
USA Pan Bakeware Aluminized Steel, Silicone Coated Cupcake/Muffin Pan (made in the USA!)
Description: The only line of bakeware that I will ever buy! I don’t have to grease these wells and it turns out batch after batch of muffins or mini muffins with no need for liners. These are my go-to gifts for new brides or housewarming gifts!
USA Pan Bakeware Aluminized Steel, Silicone Coated Sheet Pan (made in the USA!)
Description: Skip the parchment paper, this is my favorite pan for making cookies, granola, flat bread, pizza and any food requiring a 425˚ F or less heat for cooking. Use a wooden or silicone spatula — no metal!
The Small Things
Description: Perfect for harvesting the zest of oranges, lemons, and limes to add a zip of LEAP friendly flavor to your foods!
Microplane Professional Extra Coarse Grater
Description: The best cheese and vegetable grater that I have ever used — I threw away my box grater in favor of this tool. I love to grate a few carrots into my stir fries or apples into my oatmeal. Makes short work of a block of organic cheddar cheese. As a flat tool, it takes up much less space in the drawer!
Wüsthof Come-Apart Kitchen Shears
Description: Chop up herbs or kale effortlessly, or cut poultry into strips or nuggets. Easy to take apart and wash in the dishwasher! I keep two pair in my kitchen!
Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Description: Every kitchen needs a basic chef’s knife and mine has stood the test of time! Keep it sharp — a safe knife is a sharp knife!
Description: Sturdy stainless steel cups hold their shape and don’t tip over when filled with liquid. I have 2 sets in my kitchen to use as scoops for dry goods such as grains and beans!
Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Description: Sturdy and the shape of the teaspoon is just right to fit in my spice jars!
Wooden Pastry Roller
Description: I use this handy roller for everything from Cinnamon Flatbread to Pita Bread to Pizza Crust to Pie Crusts to Cinnamon Rolls — very versatile!