What’s In My Kitchen

Items for a Natural and Organic Kitchen -  Registry Ideas

After I wrote about what I keep in my purse, I’ve gotten several requests for a similar post about what my kitchen looks like and what appliances/health tools I keep there. Below is the list I wish I’d had before I got married so I could have put most of these items on my wedding registry.

I feel that it is important to note that I cook 2-3 times a day and we don’t have or use a microwave. All of the items I have in my kitchen now are heavy duty and have multiple uses. Many of these items are pricey but we carefully budgeted for them and most have extended warranties. I should also note that because I am constantly experimenting with new recipes for the blog, I have some appliances and tools I would not have originally thought to register for.

1. Appliances/Big Items

Besides the usual refrigerator and oven/stove, I have a variety of small appliances that I use on a regular basis.

  • Vitamix: We have had a Vitamix since early in our marriage and it has been used multiple times a day for years! We use it daily for smoothies, sauces, blending coffee with healthy fats, chopping, etc. If I could only have one of the appliances on this list, I’d keep the Vitamix.
  • Food Processor (I have this one) I didn’t put this on my wedding registry because I thought “how much would I really use a machine that just chops and mixes?” Turns out, I would use it a lot. I thought it would be fun to chop everything by hand, which was true for a couple of years, but a few kids later when I often only have one hand to cook or I have a baby on my back, I don’t like using a knife and the food processor is really helpful. I also use this often for chopping items for soups, slicing cabbage for sauerkraut, pre-chopping salad items for the whole week, etc
  • Mixer (I have this one): Another one I didn’t get early on because I didn’t think we’d use it much (especially since I don’t bake much). While it is still not my most-used kitchen too, I do use it pretty often for blending things like homemade marshmallows or the dough for coconut flour biscuits, etc. Before we got this mixer, I just had the hand-mixer version and it worked really well too.
  • Dehydrator (I have this one): We went through several of the cheaper plastic type dehydrators but the Excalibur is considered the gold standard of dehydrators. Dehydrators are great for drying fruits and veggies, making beef jerky or salmon jerky, and more. My kids especially like apple chips made from dehydrated apples and strawberries. This appliance mainly gets used in the summer when there is excess produce that needs to be preserved.
  • Ice Cream Maker (I have this one): Not something I thought I would use all the time, but surprisingly we do. We do make actual ice cream recipes like this strawberry gelato, or butter pecan ice cream, but this is also just a great way to get extra healthy fats and nutrients  to my kids without a fight. I can even just blend watermelon and pour in to make a sorbet. For ice creams, I try to add coconut oil, egg yolks, and butter for good fats.
  • Crock Pot/Slow-Cooker (I have this one): This is one Item I had from the beginning. I’ve actually gone through several cheaper ones that wore out before I finally sprung for a high quality one. This particular crock-pot is also supposed to be tested to be free of lead (which is supposedly present in the crock of some slow-cookers).
  • Immersion Blender (I have this one): I use this all the time for pureeing soups in the pot, mixing batters (like almond flour pancake batter), etc
  • Berkey Water Filter (We have the crown size): Not an appliance per-se but we use this daily to filter our water for cooking, drinking, etc, as it is the best water filter option I’ve found.

2. Cookware

I cook all the time, so quality cookware was really important to me. I only use cookware that is natural/eco-friendly and also pretty easy to clean. This left only a few options, but my few versatile pieces get used all the time!

  • Ceramic skillets: (I have these) These cook evenly and are really easy to clean. The only downside is that they are breakable so I have to be careful when cleaning them. I use these especially for eggs as they don’t stick, but also for foods like stir frys or meats. [Note: Ceramcor has offered to give WM readers a 10% discount on all orders. Here are the details]
  • Cast Iron: A few good cast iron skillets can last forever. I use these for anything that has to go from stove to oven or for meats, bacon, sausage, etc. Another advantage is that trace amounts of iron are left in food to boost the body’s iron levels.
  • Enameled Cast Iron: I have a dutch oven and soup pot that are coated cast iron and use these for stove or oven roasting or cooking.
  • Large Stock Pot: I have a restaurant grade 5-gallon stock pot that I use for bone broth and for pre-cooking large batches of food.
  • Glass baking dishes- for everyday cooking and baking.
  • Steel Food Service Baking Pans (I have these) Since we try to cook in bulk when possible and since I now often have to cook large amounts even for single meals, these come in handy. I use them for roasting veggies, cooking large amounts of foods, and serving to large groups. They can also double as a roaster for large cuts of meat.

3. Kitchen Tools

Besides the bigger items like the appliances above, I have a variety of smaller kitchen items that I use all the time. I actually had a lot more of these smaller items and have weeded out single use items, especially those that took up a lot of room. The ones that made the cut and that I still have:

4. Random Items

5. Jars

I use jars for everything so they have a category of their own. We use them for storage, drinking glasses, fermenting things like beet kvass, water kefir and salsa, as well as for second ferments of kombucha. I love glass jars and have a collection of sorts in my kitchen:

6. Other Items

In addition to these kitchen items, the following unusual items can often be found on my kitchen counter:

What is in your kitchen? Are there any great kitchen tools that I’m missing out on? Do you have some of these same items? Share below!

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Reader Comments

  1. says

    Awesome list! And right in time- I’ll be moving in the next month and need to stock the kitchen from scratch :) My sister recently invested in the Vitamix and uses it at least once daily, so I think that’s a great suggestion.

    I think buying a decent crock pot is also great for those who don’t have a lot of time to cook- just throw the ingredients together in the morning and come home a meal. I’ve been on the hunt for good crock pot recipes, if anyone knows of some!

  2. says

    Great list :) I never thought I would use an ice cream maker either, but I picked one up in a thrift store for $3.80 and have loved it. Even the expensive ice cream at the supermarket has so many nasty additives.

    I love glass jars as well, but mason jars are super-expensive in Australia, so I just reuse all the jars that come through my house. They are great for food storage, drinking glasses and fermenting.

    I would love a food dehydrator to make homemade dried fruit and jerky. One day…

  3. Stacy W says

    My husband recently discovered Hydro Flask (he bought it in 40 oz). He loves it and bought me one too…can’t say enough good things about this flask. It keeps your beverage cold (or hot) for hours even if you leave it in the car all day. I will usually fill it up in the morning, add a few ice cubes and by the end of the day, there’ll still be remnants of ice left. LOVE, LOVE it!

  4. Jody C says

    I really enjoyed your list and might have to add a few things to my Wish List. One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is an electric kettle. I use it at least once a day or more and I like that it automatically turns off after the boil. No scorched kettles. I also love my Bosch Mixer. Back when the kids were home, I made 5 loaf batches of bread with it. Now we eat very little bread, but it’s still a favorite kitchen tool.

  5. chantel says

    Well, I thought i had posted and then it disappeared. I also use the following (frequently):
    Electric Pressure Cooker–I use the Cuisinart brand. It’s especially great during the summer months as it doesn’t make the kitchen hot like a crock pot. I use it multiple times per week and I make bone broth in it.
    Box Grater–It’s old school but i actually prefer it to grating in a food processor.
    Hand Mixer–I got a Breville one for a wedding gift (wasn’t even on our registry). I use it frequently for scrambled eggs, grain-free pancakes/baked goods.
    Simple Electric Citrus Juicer (not to be confused with those massive ones that people use for green drinks)–I bought a Juiceman brand one at Target for like $20. I use it to squeeze lemons/limes. It’s amazing how much more juice I can extract with it, plus it’s quick and easy to clean so I have found it to be far more usefull than those hand-held manual ones.

  6. Christina says

    Thanks for your list, Katie! What oil do you use to season your bamboo cutting boards? (Mine have cracked on me!)

  7. Angela Burch says

    I can’t believe no one else asked this yet… how big is your kitchen/ cabinet/ storage space!?!?!? All of those items sound wonderful but in my apartment, near galley, kitchen I’m lucky to store my small crock pot, and the blender and food processor are always on the counter, taking up precious space there! Truly though, you’re blessed to stock such an awesome kitchen. I am curious as to how you store those larger items though, especially since you cook so often. Do you lug them out for each use? Or are you fortunate to have counter space to keep the most used items convenient? On a sidenote, you’re such an inspiration to me and I really appreciate the information that you give. I recommend you all the time to my family and love seeing their surprised looks when I mention information they didn’t know that i got from your site. Take care!

    • says

      I have some counter space but not much cabinet space, so a lot of that sits out on the counter all the time. Also, since many things like the mason jars are used for everything, they don’t take up as much space…

  8. Katie Gamble says

    The link for the Berkey Water Filter isn’t working. Can you please fix it? I’ve been looking into getting one and am super excited to see that you use one too! :)

  9. Rachel Walsh says

    GREAT list! So helpful in creating a healthy home. Does anyone have any idea where one can find affordable eco friendly kitchen chair cushions? I have looked everywhere (online, in stores…).

  10. Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff says

    I have a lot of the cooking appliances & untensils and such. I was wondering about the crock for fermenting. What is good about that verses just using a mason jar?

  11. Sara says

    I love the list, it gave me kitchen gadget envy. Some of the things I continue to hear about or see come up when looking at primal or paleo recipes especially is the use of a food processor. I’m the type that declutters regularly and really hadn’t used my food processor more than one summer since I bought it so I recently got rid of it. Would a high power blender do some of the same things a food processor does? I have a blender that does get much use and have considered purchasing a Vitamix or Blendtec. Would one of these be able to handle the same load that a food processor would?

  12. says

    I loved the list, it has many things Im wanting like bamboo cutting boards, Vitamix, and Excalibur. However Im super surprised to see that there wasnt a juicer on the list! Is there a reason for that?

  13. Carolyn says

    I was looking at a vitamix, and it’s plastic. Don’t you put hot liquids in this if you’re blending coffee and soups? Did they used to be made with glass or something? All the ones I saw were plastic.

  14. Jeremy says

    having these items in your kitchen,have you noticed any cognitive enhancement compared to the cheaper more toxic products you have used in the past,if you’ve ever even used them. Also,how’s that dehydrator? Thinking of obtaining one for fruit?

  15. Lily says

    I would replace the slow cooker with an Instant Pot pressure cooker! It has a slow cooker function so you get the best of both worlds. I loooove this thing! I get teased about how much I love it, in fact.

  16. Regina Osborn says

    I love the kitchen list. We aren’t quite there yet but getting close. We also have the
    Excalibur dehydrator.n Absolutely love it! We do all our own onion, garlic, tomato powders, cut cherry tomato’s in half (make a wonderful snack in place of chips), herb blends and anything else we can think of to try.

  17. AIDA says

    Hi! I am currently doing my research on juicers, and I was curios to know the one you have in your kitchen, or which one do you recommend?. I know the best one is Norwalk, but not sure if we need such a heavy duty one… Thanks!!.

  18. Audra says

    I think you would love one of our client’s products: Ecojarz as much as I do. They have stainless steel and silicone lids for mason jar to-go drinks. They are in the process of making stainless steel mason rings!

  19. Googa says

    I have most of those items in my kitchen, I plan on getting a Vitamix one day but they are a bit expensive. I recently bought a Nutri-Bullet, its a nice addition. I have a water distiller that makes 3 gallons of water. I also keep Zeolite clay in a big glass jar to use as a agent for drawing out impurities for example: its ideal to put 1 cup in bath water for soreness and joint pain. I have bio-foot detox cleanse tub that draws again toxins via the many pores from the feet. I keep fillable capsules around when I mix herbs and add to them.

  20. Fae says

    I guess I’ll be adding to my amazon wish list with all this stuff. Hehe.

    Have you ever thought about doing videos for making stuff like cough drops? That way people can follow along with you.

    I feel like I’m gonna need to make a binder of recipes.. There is so much info on this site!!!

  21. Suzanne says

    Katie – I am considering making the big purchase of a Vitamix per your recommendation. If you were buying one today, would you get one with the variable speeds, the pulse control, and/or the programmed settings? How about a container for anything dry? Thanks!

    • says

      I just have the one with variable speeds and I don’t have the dry container. Also, I haven’t gotten it yet, but I get a lot of questions about the Blendtec so I’m going to be purchasing one of those to review them side by side soon. :-)

  22. Gretchen says

    Great list! I have been replacing my stainless steel cooking pots with enameled cast iron and seasoned cast iron. Now I don’t know what to do about steaming veggies! I don’t want to use my stainless steel one on the enameled surface (right?) and I’m not sure I trust silicone. I have heard that silicone can be a mix of plastic and silicone and is not usually pure silicone. Any thoughts? Do you use silicone in your kitchen?

  23. Laura says

    FYI, I recently found out that a lot of bamboo cutting boards, although sustainable, are among the worst to use because they contain a high amount of toxic glues which contain formaldehyde that can potentially contaminate your food. I’m planning on tossing mine or re-purposing for non-food uses.

  24. Al says

    Hi there,

    I’m currently at a point in my life where I want to switch over to as natural and chemical free a lifestyle I can. Since I’m still a bachelor, I only own the very basics as far as kitchen supplies go, but I’m looking to trade in my dishes and cups for natural and quality items that will be safe for my family in a few years. What do you recommend? I was thinking of maybe making my own clay dishes but I doubt those would be very durable. Are just plain ceramic dishes safe? I would think the varnish would leave chemical residue in food.

  25. Lisa says

    I find that I need storage containers for my freezer to hold flours and nuts. What do you use in the freezer? Plastic? Glass?

  26. Penny says

    I am looking for a dehydrator and in my reading of the reviews people said that the Excaliburs fan was too strong for herbs and it blew them all around. Have you had this problem and were you able to solve it somehow? This will be my first dehydrator and I am worried its “too much”.
    Thank you so much,

  27. Christina says

    Why don’t you use stainless steal pots? How do you cook your eggs and acidic foods like tomato sauces or wine sauces?

    Would you suggest getting a whole set of cast iron or just a few pots?

    Thanks for your advice & love your blog! Keep it up:)

  28. Michael says

    Hi Katie,

    why do you use an immersion blender if you already have a Vitamix? Does the immersion blender do something that the Vitamix can’t do?

    Thank you.


  29. Araceli says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post!!!! My fiancé and I, unfortunately, can’t have a wedding registry because we live so far from home and won’t be doing a big wedding, but it’s a great idea lol. We do, however, plan to save for good kitchen items and this list is phenomenal!!! Especially since I’m very “holistic” (he calls me a hippie, and wanted non-stick coated pans!) so I’ll just have to show him this :)

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