When a child goes on the ketogenic diet, his mom and dad become experts of many trades. After a few months, parents will be math whizzes (measuring food to the tenth of a gram), they’ll learn to spot hidden carbs a mile away, and most impressively, they’ll become absolute magicians in the kitchen. Keto cooks quickly learn that there are some kitchen supplies that you simply can’t live without.
Although we’re not nearly as skilled as some keto parents we know, we do spend quite a bit of time creating and testing new KetoCal recipes, so we’ve come across some tools that we’ve found to be especially helpful. Below is our list of the top 5 kitchen essentials for the ketogenic diet chef.
1. Silicone spatulas:
Silicone spatulas, especially the mini ones, are perhaps our most cherished keto cooking utensils. They work great for getting every last drop out of a dish (which is critical in keto cooking).
2. Parchment paper:
We find that parchment paper is a must for the ketogenic baker. Use it to line baking pans and cookie sheets so that foods don’t stick to the pan. Another perk is that it saves time cleaning up! Note that parchment paper and wax paper are not the same thing- Parchment paper is oven-safe and wax paper is not (Yes, we learned that the hard way!).
3. Silicone bakeware:
Silicone bakeware is awesome for cooking keto recipes because it a) makes it super easy to remove food from the pan, b) keeps food from sticking to the pan and c) keeps all of the oil in the finished product. If you allow the food to cool before removing from the pan, the excess oil will absorb back into the food so you don’t have to worry about losing some of the fat.
4. Mini prep bowls (lots of them):
When preparing keto meals, you need small bowls to weigh each ingredient before combining them. Stocking up on mini prep bowls will save you time because you won’t have to wash bowls in between weighing multiple ingredients.
5. Mini whisks:
We find these most helpful for recipes involving eggs. Usually the recipe will call for a given amount of eggs, raw, and well-mixed. To prepare this, you crack an egg into a mini prep bowl (see above), mix it well, then measure the amount that you need for the recipe. The regular size whisk doesn’t fit into the mini bowl and we find that a fork just doesn’t mix quite as evenly. The mini whisk works great for this!
You can usually find these kitchen tools in kitchen supply stores or online department stores.
Keto parent chefs- Which kitchen tools can’t you live without? Please share your top 5 in the comment section below!