TBD: TPK- tools + equipment
The Postpartum Kitchen is your kitchen filled with love, nourishment and probably a bit more mess than you are used to. Most kitchens have these items already but it's good to take a fresh eye to what you have and check out if it's in good working order. Yes, you will need a sharp knife, cutting board, pot holders.....those kind of things but the below are especially important
Cast Iron Pan: If you don't have a beloved cast iron pan or two around, it might be time reevaluate. Make sure yours is well seasoned and oiled, it will be getting a lot of mileage. Did you know that cast iron can help with iron levels in the food. Super bonus.
Stainless Steel Pan: Please just throw away your non-sticks especially if the coating is scratched. Dreadful chemicals are leaching into your food. You don't need this ever and especially not in postpartum! Stainless steel pan are the way to go. Yes, they need oil/fat to prevent sticking but that's just bonus flavor, nutrients and good fat if you are doing it right!
Glass Pyrex Bakeware: Consider ditching a lot of your older, coated bakeware for the same reason we are throwing out the teflon frying pans. You don't need a lot of pans and this is something that can be a gradual swap over - especially if you are using parchment paper.
Stock Pot: While we are all fans of heavy bottom stock pot, please double check that the enamel isn't chipped. A stainless steal pot will work too - not quite as romantic and will need to pay a bit more attention to heat source. If you have an Instant Pot, you'll need this less.
Immersion Blender: Blenders have way more parts and who wants to deal with that. Generally, the power of a decent immersion blender is all we will need. They don't take up space, are really versatile piece and you don't need to spend a fortune.
Peeler: Yup, I told you - pretty commonplace stuff.
Grater: I use a double sided cheese grater that catches the cheese. We use this frequently but not for cheese, for ginger mincing or a faster way of 'ricing' veggies.
Storage for freezer and fridge: While Purposeful Nourishment will deliver some compostable containers with your PREPARE CARE PACK, you will still need containers to store all this food that is being made. Ideally, we are using glass with lids for this but some new tupperware could work. We aren't huge fans of tupperware in general but double check that what you do have is in good shape. No scratches, stains etc. At home, we mostly use large mason jars or pyrex glass food storage containers with lid.
Really, really helpful but not necessary...
Instant Pot: It takes a lot for me to not put this in the above category. While we may favor a traditional, less gadgety kitchen overall - one main exception is the Instant Pot - There is a lot of hype for the IP and I believe it to be well deserved. It helps batch cook, frequently shortens cook time, multi-tasker, and best of all it preserves more nutrients than most other methods because it uses less heat overall. When appropriate, you will have access to both versions of a recipe! If you were on the fence, and this pushes you over to getting one - I don't think you will be disappointed. It's also great for making baby food when the time comes. :)
Parchment Paper: Unbleached, undyed
Parchment Cups: Same as above but for
Vitamix, Ninja, Food Processor: Yes, I know and I am sorry - there are lots of parts to these BUT its' only for one or two recipes that are fun and popular to make.
Nice (or fun?) but not necessary...
Blender: nice b