4 New Kitchen Staples

Sometimes change in the kitchen is hard to do. You want to vary your family’s diet or introduce more nutritional powerhouses, but finding a place for them in your meal repertoire is sometimes difficult.

Change doesn’t have to be hard, though! These four new kitchen staples can easily find a place in the kitchen as they are substitutes for items you are already using. Swap them out and enjoy an easy and beneficial change in routine.

1. Instead of Butter, Use Ghee

Ghee is butter with the milk solids (casein and lactose) removed. Butter is cooked until the milk solids foam to the top, then brown and sink. The butter is then strained, leaving only the butter fat. Clarified butter is similar to ghee, but the milk solids are skimmed during the foam stage instead. Because of the extra cooking time, ghee has a slightly nuttier taste than butter and clarified butter. 

Ghee is a fabulous cooking fat. Because the milk solids have been removed, the butter won’t burn as easily. The smoke point of butter is 350 degrees F, while ghee and clarified butter have a smoke point of 450 degrees F. Also, because potentially allergenic and tummy irritating casein and lactose have been almost completely removed, it is tolerated by more people.

Want to try making your own ghee? Try this Daily Mom recipe.
If regular ghee isn’t casein and lactose free enough, try Cultured Ghee from Pure Indian Foods.

Try roasting vegetables in ghee or sautéing in ghee instead of butter or another cooking fat. Ghee is also great on popcorn—it won’t make your kernels shrivel like normal butter.

2. Instead of Table Salt, Use Natural Salt

Regular table salt is an industrially processed product that is nearly 100% sodium chloride. Usually an anti-caking agent is added, and some iodine, but regular table salt has been stripped of trace minerals that your body needs—and that makes the salt taste better.

Just as too little iodine can be detrimental to your health, so can too much without balancing it with a proportional intake of selenium. So, you might want to table the table salt and get both iodine and selenium from a whole food source like fish or other seafood.

Instead of table salt, shake or grind Himalayan Salt, Celtic Sea Salt or Real Salt.

3. Instead of Ground Beef, Use Primal Beef

Primal beef, or whatever your local rancher calls it, is just ground beef mixed with a percentage of offal meat (like liver, kidney or heart). You probably already knew that liver was good for you, but offal in general has super-food properties as well as being rich in vitamins and minerals. Ground beef with organ meat already mixed in is an easy way to sneak these nutritional powerhouses into your recipes.

Substitute Primal Beef in any recipe that calls for ground beef. Use it as a meatloaf base, turn it into taco meat, or grill it in your favorite burger recipe.

4. Instead of Regular Broth or Stock, Use Bone Broth

Bone broth is also considered offal since it is made of bones. And if you’ve been a regular reader of Daily Mom, you already know many of its benefits. Bone broth is easy to make at home and easy to substitute into any recipe that calls for broth or stock. Try this Daily Mom Bone Broth recipe.

Don’t want to make your own? You can purchase bone broth, too.

These four simple swaps will give your meal routine a pick-me-up by adding flexibility, flavor and nutrition. Have you made any of these changes in your kitchen already? Let us know in the comments below.

Need some more ideas for new foods that should make their home in your kitchen? Check out 15 Things You Aren’t Eating But Should.

Photo Credit: Boos Cutting Board by Didricks (CC BY 2.0), hunk o butter by Gail (CC BY 2.0), Salt and Pepper Cellars by Culinarium by Didricks (CC BY 2.0), Meat Loaf by Steve Johnson (CC BY 2.0), chicken broth by liz west (CC BY 2.0)

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Stefani was raised in California; with her husband hailing from South Carolina, they’ve settled in the middle and are now raising three Texans. She loves classical homeschooling, great books, period dramas, modifying recipes, simple living, deep thinking, and cuddling up with her family to watch silly YouTube videos.

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