In preparing GAPS foods, here are some items I found essential or useful.
I like this one because it has an easy read digital display, and a button to light the display. Folds for storage. Easy to handle and accurate to check the temperatures while preparing your cultured dairy. I must say it stopped working in the first year, and since I liked the design, I checked the warranty and with a simple call they quickly mailed me a new one. Can’t complain about that.
Mason jars are essential for preparing fermented dairy, fermented vegetables, kvass, etc. I use Ball mason jars. Wide mouth are most convenient to fill and remove what’s in it, but I also find regular mouth jars convenient for easier pouring when filled with liquids. You can find them on Target online, then check which of your local stores have them in stock.
When you’re ready to start using what’s in your jar, I find switching over to these plastic reusable lids convenient to get on and off.
Mason jar scrubbing sponge
I find these do the job to wash and scrub my mason jars. I change them often so I buy these three packs quite often.
Mason jar stainless steel funnel
This works for me for both wide mouth and regular mouth jars.
Unprocessed whole salt
An unprocessed whole salt is essential for the GAPS Nutritional Protocol and I find Celtic Sea salt most versatile. There are other unprocessed whole salts you should have in your kitchen to consume a variation of trace minerals that these salts provide. I find Celtic Sea Salt most flavorful to me on all my vegetables, meats, and in meat stocks and soups.
Caroline Barringer used this juicer in her Cooking with GAPS DVD Set and I found it does the job. Juicing is an important detoxifying practice and I find this Breville juicer does the job. Just make sure to brush the stainless steel disk thoroughly immediately after juicing before it gets dry.
I love this blender. It’s not a Vitamix, but at this price, it does the job of blending and chopping with the included food processor attachment. It’s always preferred to have a glass jar instead of plastic, but for making GAPS shakes and chopping vegetables for meat stock soups, this does the trick.
I will be adding more recommendations so check back soon!