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Meat, Seafood & Dairy
Grassfed Meat, Pastured Poultry, Forage Fed Pork – We highly recommend getting to know your local farmers and ranchers and getting your meat and poultry directly from them. Here in LA, we buy 1/4 steer of beef and our chickens from Dey Dey’s; pork from Jimenez Family Farm, and eggs from pastured hens in our farm box.
If you are having challenges sourcing properly raised meat, you can order great quality beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck and more online at U.S. Wellness Meats. They also have a great selection of organ meat and sausages.
Biltong – If you’ve never heard of biltong, it’s South Africa’s version of beef jerky. The biggest difference is in the way it’s made. Instead of dehydrating the meat, biltong is air dried – keeping it tender and juicy! We recommend Brooklyn Biltong.
Seafood: For sustainably-caught, unbeatably fresh seafood, we shop online at I Love Blue Sea. They’re a family-run operation and have some pretty darn tasty seafood – my personal fave are the oysters. They also carry a variety of fish roe and wonderful canned salmon. This is the wild caught, canned tuna we keep on hand.
We recommend only consuming the following fats:
- Coconut oil, coconut butter, cocoa butter, and coconut milk
- Lard or beef fat from pasture raised animals
- Butter or Ghee – from grass fed cows
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This one from California is my favorite
- Palm Oil – When sustainable sourced, like this one
- Duck Fat- we like this one
- Avocado Oil – Surprisingly holds up to high heat.
- Seed and nut oils – Not for cooking. Use to dress salads or as a garnish – only when cold pressed.
We store all of my ground flour in the freezer to avoid rancidity.
- Sprouted flours – On a regular basis, and in a 1:1 exchange for traditional flours, we use sprouted wheat flour and sprouted corn flour. We also buy these sprouted corn tortillas.
- Arrowroot powder – We use this in place of corn starch as a grain free thickener for sauces, gravies, and stews.
- Non-grain flours – For grain free baked goods and other dishes, We use this coconut flour and, if we don’t have the time to make my own, we use this almond flour.
- Nut Butter – If you don’t have the time to presoak and dehydrate nuts, buy these presoaked and dehydrated nut butters.
- Potato chips – Most brands of chips (even if organic) are unhealthy frying oils involved. We love these chips fried with avocado oil, which can be fried safely at surprisingly high temperatures.
- Sea Snax – A strangely addictive and crunchy chip alternative made with seaweed, olive oil, and sea salt.
Sea Salt – Read why unrefined salt is essential for health here. This celtic sea salt is my favorite.
Spices – I love to buy organic, rich spices in bulk from Mountain Rose herbs.
Meat & Potatoes Seasoning – We love the spice blends at Primal Palate.
- Ketchup – Use this recipe
- BBQ Sauce – Use this recipe
- Fish Sauce – We simply adore Red Boat Fish Sauce, so much so that we can happily slurp it off a spoon.
- Unpasteurized Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos (for those who can’t do wheat)
Raw Honey – Raw locally sourced honey is ideal, and you can read more about why here. Second choice is to buy high quality, raw honey online.
- Unrefined Cane Sugar – Unlike white sugar, unrefined cane sugar is mineral-rich, and therefore does not only possess a more rich flavor but also imparts some health benefits. Unrefined cane sugar can be substituted in most recipes 1:1. I use this one.
- Coconut Sugar – Coconut sugar is a low glycemic sweetener produced by dehydrating the nectar produced from coconut buds. It can be used at a 1:1 ratio for regular cane sugar. It can also be used in liquid form as coconut nectar instead of maple syrup. I use this one.
- Maple Syrup – As with unrefined sugar, grade B maple syrup is particularly rich in minerals and flavor. We have this one delivered once every two months.
- Coconut water
- Coffee – These are the beans we keep on hand
- Wine – Find out: Is organic wine better? Buy wine online here.
- Get the Natural Cocktails ebook to learn how to make grown-up drinks into real foodie treats.
- This slow cooker (We have two that are frequently in use at the same time)
- This immersion blender – If you don’t have one, you are missing out on a delightful convenience for pureed soups, sauces, and smoothies.
- This Cuisinart Food Processor
- This Vitamix Blender
- This KitchenAid Stand Mixer
- This Le Creuset French Oven
- This Excalibur Dehydrator – great for making crispy nuts, homemade crackers, dried fruit, dried herbs and many other dried foods.
- A stainless steel frying pan
- This ice cream maker
- This stainless steel stock pot. A must have for making big batches of soups and broth.
- This measuring set that includes spoons, cups, and itty bitty measurements.
- At least a case of wide mouth canning jars and plastic lids – a real foodie essential
- This julienne peeler – to make fantastic zucchini pasta!