You’re ready to jump into the alkaline life, but do you have the essentials in your kitchen to make alkaline meals? Don’t worry if you don’t. Getting your kitchen prepared to enjoy alkaline dishes isn’t expensive and if you were already an avid cooker, you may already have a lot of the supplies you’ll need.
Since the alkaline diet is about getting away from processed foods, this means you’ll be buying more whole foods, which also means you will have to do more cooking from scratch.
Again, this isn’t hard to do, as long as you have the right tools. Most stuff I make from scratch takes 5-10 minutes. The longest part is waiting for dough to rise and planning ahead to make sure that you have enough bread, buns, nut milk, etc. made to last you throughout the week.
So let’s get into the essentials that every alkaline kitchen should contain.
Water filters for clean water
You need clean water to drink and cook with, which is why you need to invest in a quality water filter for your kitchen.
This is probably the most money you will have to spend for your alkaline kitchen. I personally use the Berkey filter, which cost me around $275.
The filters last a year, so all I have to worry about hereafter is replacing them. You don’t have to buy the same thing — there are plenty of great water filters out there — just make sure that they remove fluoride, chlorine, prescriptions and VOCs. You won’t find these sold in your local stores, so check out Amazon and do Google searches to locate some.
Items you need to cook from scratch
Again, you’re going to be doing a whole lot of cooking from scratch, so you’re going to need certain supplies to make your job easier.
Buying whole produce is cheaper than buying it already chopped up, so having a cutting board and quality knives is important. Or you can go the easier route and buy a device that will chop up your onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc. quickly.
Making your own sauces and purees is also a part of the job description of an alkaline meal chef, so you’re going to need a food processor as well. This device I use more than just about anything else in my kitchen. I use it to make my chickpea patties and hot dogs, nut butters, avocado taco sauce and more.
Since dairy is out of the question, you will also need to start making your own nut milk. To do this, you will need a blender and a nut bag to strain the milk.
You should also be fairly consistent with your daily high-nutrition smoothies, which you will need a good blender for as well. I have the Ninja blender and food processor, which works excellent for chopping up my fruits and nuts with ease.