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tony2545tony2545 Member, Premium Posts: 15 Member Member, Premium Posts: 15 Member
What items do you have in your kitchen that are essential to keeping you accountable for preparing & tracking your nutrition? Mine are a good set of knives, scale, storage containers, Instant Pot, & a good non stick pan.
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  • yirarayirara Member Posts: 5,556 Member Member Posts: 5,556 Member
    A scale. That's the only thing that keeps you accountable as everything else is just guesswork.

    With regards to my person kitchen must-haves: An electric kettle as my main beverage is tea. Good knifes. An a good mortar and pestle. I move often and never know how big my next kitchen will be. Thus I keep the amount of kitchen stuff low. I don't have a kitchen machine or other big electronics stuff. I can do everything in mortar and pestle though, even if it takes a bit longer. Plus grinding herbs with such a thing gives so much better tastes than any automatic grinder.
  • Butterfly_Ninja3Butterfly_Ninja3 Member Posts: 23 Member Member Posts: 23 Member
    Definitely a SCALE!!! When I guess, I never get it right!!! lol. My 4 ounces of meat seem to be 2 ounces when I do it without weighing it. I suck at guessing.
  • joyanna2016joyanna2016 Member Posts: 232 Member Member Posts: 232 Member
    Utilizing the freezer is important too because sometimes I am the only one eating a recipe i make and i can divide it up and freeze some. Also, I like to keep my low calorie bread in the freezer because sometimes it takes me a while to eat the loaf.
  • socajamsocajam Member, Premium Posts: 2,470 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,470 Member
    #1 - a scale - without it you are fooling yourself about how much you eat
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,907 Member Member Posts: 5,907 Member
    tony2545 wrote: »
    What items do you have in your kitchen that are essential to keeping you accountable for preparing & tracking your nutrition? Mine are a good set of knives, scale, storage containers, Instant Pot, & a good non stick pan.

    Pretty much the same. I also love my blender and my mini food processor. I actually lost well before I started using an instant pot, though, and neither the blender nor the food processor were essential. The storage containers were important to me for bringing lunches to work and just generally being able to prepare food ahead, which made things a lot easier. Knifes, well, makes cooking a lot easier, especially if one is chopping lots of veg, and of course the scale.
  • Dogmom1978Dogmom1978 Member Posts: 1,293 Member Member Posts: 1,293 Member
    Scale. I do love my instant pot though.
  • senalay788senalay788 Member Posts: 257 Member Member Posts: 257 Member
  • springlering62springlering62 Member, Premium Posts: 1,625 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,625 Member
    Scale
    Ninja Foodi ( combo air fryer/instant pot/crockpot/dehydrator)
    A sharp knife
    Silicon spoon/scraper
    Oxo hand-crank bearer
    A wooden spoon my then 6 year old daughter got me for Christmas from the dollar store twenty five year ago, and which has proven fabulously useful.
    edited November 19
  • Chef_BarbellChef_Barbell Member Posts: 5,998 Member Member Posts: 5,998 Member
    Scale
    Ninja Foodi Grill and Ninja Foodi
    Chest Freezer
    Smart kitchen appliances
    Good set of knives and handheld gadgets
  • Katmary71Katmary71 Member Posts: 3,953 Member Member Posts: 3,953 Member
    Everything you listed plus a sheet pan and air fryer.
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,452 Member Member Posts: 5,452 Member
    Instant read meat thermometer has made my cooking much more consistent. Costs about $10 and requires as much room to store a an extra fork.
  • lorrpblorrpb Member Posts: 11,347 Member Member Posts: 11,347 Member
    In addition to some of the above items, I’ll add a Poached egg pan and spiralizer
  • AndreaTamiraAndreaTamira Member, Premium Posts: 109 Member Member, Premium Posts: 109 Member
    1 scale (which I hate. I really need to get a new one.)

    1 measuring cup for liquids.

    1 espresso coffee machine so I spend less money on coffee and can actually relatively accurately tell how many calories are in my lattes (relatively accurately because the coffee ground packages dont have calorie info on them).

    Also normal cooking utensils.

    Enjoyable, but not truly needed:

    1 ice cream machine (you can make healthy-ish stuff yourself).

    1 Slow Cooker.
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Member Posts: 3,730 Member Member Posts: 3,730 Member
    tony2545 wrote: »
    What items do you have in your kitchen that are essential to keeping you accountable for preparing & tracking your nutrition?

    What's ESSENTIAL for food prep and nutrition tracking?

    Nothing more than a few knives, some basic cooking utentsils, a basic set of pots and pans for food prep plus a food scale ad MFP for nutrition tracking.

    Everything else is extra and I've got a lot of extras; far too many to list here.
    edited November 22
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,452 Member Member Posts: 5,452 Member
    For cutting down on fat I find the new generation non stick pans indispensible. These are ceramic coated or stone coated, not teflon. I can cook pancakes and eggs without any added fat to the pan.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 22,708 Member Member Posts: 22,708 Member
    sgt1372 wrote: »
    tony2545 wrote: »
    What items do you have in your kitchen that are essential to keeping you accountable for preparing & tracking your nutrition?

    What's ESSENTIAL for food prep and nutrition tracking?

    Nothing more than a few knives, some basic cooking utentsils, a basic set of pots and pans for food prep plus a food scale ad MFP for nutrition tracking.

    Everything else is extra and I've got a lot of extras; far too many to list here.

    Ditto, lol

    And don't even get me started on how many spices I have.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 22,708 Member Member Posts: 22,708 Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    Instant read meat thermometer has made my cooking much more consistent. Costs about $10 and requires as much room to store a an extra fork.

    Yes, I used to always overcook chicken breast "to be safe" and love not having to do that anymore. And I've learned I like thighs cooked more than the standard 175 degrees.

    I also realized I like salmon and tuna cooked to around 125 degrees. If I'm ordering it from a restaurant I'll say "medium rare" and that's been very helpful.
  • Chef_BarbellChef_Barbell Member Posts: 5,998 Member Member Posts: 5,998 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    sgt1372 wrote: »
    tony2545 wrote: »
    What items do you have in your kitchen that are essential to keeping you accountable for preparing & tracking your nutrition?

    What's ESSENTIAL for food prep and nutrition tracking?

    Nothing more than a few knives, some basic cooking utentsils, a basic set of pots and pans for food prep plus a food scale ad MFP for nutrition tracking.

    Everything else is extra and I've got a lot of extras; far too many to list here.

    Ditto, lol

    And don't even get me started on how many spices I have.

    Same lol And the varieties of hot sauce I own.
  • yirarayirara Member Posts: 5,556 Member Member Posts: 5,556 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    sgt1372 wrote: »
    tony2545 wrote: »
    What items do you have in your kitchen that are essential to keeping you accountable for preparing & tracking your nutrition?

    What's ESSENTIAL for food prep and nutrition tracking?

    Nothing more than a few knives, some basic cooking utentsils, a basic set of pots and pans for food prep plus a food scale ad MFP for nutrition tracking.

    Everything else is extra and I've got a lot of extras; far too many to list here.

    Ditto, lol

    And don't even get me started on how many spices I have.

    Yes, but spices aren't kitchentools. One never has enough spices. reminds me that I need to buy new galangal and assafoetida. :D
    edited November 24
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