10 Sustainable Kitchen Essentials

10 Sustainable Kitchen Essentials

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I have become so tired of low quality items that only last a few months or years.. This world has become so lax in quality and integrity. You can still find quality items, you just have to dig sometimes.

The items listed below can be used wherever, so if you’re a Modern Homesteader, someone who lives off the grid or just a normal human these items will serve you well for years.

Cast Iron Pans & Dutch Ovens

Cast Iron is one of my favorite materials for pans. It will last forever and you can use it on any cooking surface. Glass stove tops, Gas stoves, camp fires, grills and the oven!
Even if it get’s rusty it can be restored and reused.
I had a cast iron pan for a couple years before I actually used it. I was scared of it for some reason.

Once I started using it though, it’s always my first choice for cooking.
Clean up is easy too. Place water in the dirty pan and heat on Medium/Low.

Once the water starts to boil dump it out in the sink and take a clean sponge to wipe out the stuck on food.
If you need to, add some course salt and scrub the pan with the clean sponge, water and salt.

Once clean, dry really well. Put it back on the stove, warm it on low and pour olive oil in it to coat it. This will keep it from rusting. You can also use mineral oil or bacon grease to coat your cast iron pans.
Here are my favorites:

Stainless Steel Pots & Pans

Stainless steel pans are just as important in my kitchen as cast iron is.
They last forever as well!

Pans that have coatings on them such as teflon are toxic to humans and pets, I know they are nice because they are non stick, but stainless steel pans are healthier as they aren’t coated in anything. Just warm, add oil or butter and poof it’s non stick! ­čÖé

Be sure to stay away from aluminum cookware. When heated, aluminum releases a toxic chemical that leaches into food. Stick with stainless.

Here are my favorites:

Carbon Steel Knives

Sorry (not sorry) stainless steel, carbon steel knives are my absolute favorite! Being that they have a higher carbon content than stainless knives they will rust very easily, but once you use one, you won’t be able to go back to the ol’ stainless steel.

They hold an edge extremely well, so you won’t have to sharpen them often and they cut like butter.
Don’t worry about them rusting easily, if you keep them clean and oiled it’s not an issue.

I’m going to be writing a post on carbon steel knives very soon, so stay tuned for that!

Here are my favorites:

Wooden Cutting Boards

Wooden cutting boards are the best. They are sustainable since they are made out of a renewable resource and they can be re-purposed and reused for years.
Plastic and glass cutting boards will eat away at your knife blades. Glass cutting boards scare me because they can shatter and plastic cutting boards become dingy over time and are not always recyclable.
Wood is best.
As with everything else I’ve mentioned, wash it right away and dry it by hand. If it’s looking too dry coat it with mineral oil or beeswax.
These are food safe and will prevent cracking.

Here are my favorites:

Kettle

Whether you enjoy tea or coffee, or both, being able to boil water is essential. You really don’t need anything fancy to boil water, but a kettle makes it easier when pouring into a cup!
The titanium kettle can be used over a campfire.

Here are a few of my favorite kettles:

Glass Containers

You can use glass containers for everything! From cooking to storing food and it’s safer than plastic to warm food up in the microwave.

Here are some of my favorites:

Slotted Fish Spatula

I use this for everything! Seriously, I’m considering getting a couple more to replace my old spatulas. I use them on the grill and over the camp fire as well. Although, the handle is wood and they are short so be careful!

What I love about them is the shape makes it so easy to use on everything! Plus they are metal and wood, both materials are sustainable! For me this is a kitchen essential because I use it everyday for every meal!

Here is my favorite:

Gravity Water Filtration

I have a post on these, but they are on this list because they’re essential!

We have been using the Alexapure system for a few years now and we love it!

We no longer have to buy gallon jugs of water, we just fill up glass jugs with our filtered water and use it for everything. Seriously, as long as we keep these filtration systems full, we’ll always have clean drinking water.

Read my full post here

Manual Espresso Maker

When I was a coffee drinker, we used a manual espresso maker.
We loved it!
We had used an electric espresso maker but it died after a few years, not being able to find another one that we could afford, we stumbled upon the ROK manual espresso machine and it was amazing!
Here’s the cool thing, you can take it camping or to parties and have espresso wherever you are!
Here it is:

Beeswax Wraps

Plastic wrap is used for everything! I’ll admit, I’ve used it a lot in the past.
It’s convenient to wrap a plate or bowl and place it in the fridge.
Plastic wrap though is a single use item. Maybe you could use it more than once, but good luck getting it back into a usable shape after it’s been crumpled or washed..
Beeswax wraps are a sustainable swap for plastic wrap. They are all natural and can be reused again and again.
Here are my favorites:


What are your favorite kitchen essentials? I’d love to read about them in the comments!



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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Great products! I only own a handful of these, but now I have some inspiration for some others. Thank you!

  2. Love this post. Sustainable living is so important. Great inspo!

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