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Food Preparation

Food Preparation Questions

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by 864 · about 22 hours ago

I'm looking for some good digestion super-boosting fermented foods at whole foods. What's at the top of your list? I've been frequenting the Bubbie's Pickles and Sauerkraut and KimChi.

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blackappy 0 · December 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I really like Ba-Tampte half-sour pickles....they are quite tastey, but they're so easy to make at home, I suggest giving it a whirl. Homemade lacto-fermented (real) sauerkraut is just the best stuff on this planet when combined with a juicy,... (more)

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by 1042 · about 22 hours ago

Fellow PaleoHacks, Does the way you cook/prepare your eggs affect/alter the amount of nutrients you would ultimately end up consuming when you eat them? For instance, is the nutrient density in hard boiled eggs higher/lower in comparison to the... (more)

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raydawg 0 · November 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I tend to cook only the whites to disable the avidin, keeping the yolks as close to raw as possible. The yolks are where the nutrients are. The whites are just a lame source of protein that tends to be an issue without the nutrients. Sometimes... (more)

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by 15583 · about 22 hours ago

As any-one who's tried to cook them will know, kidneys smell pretty awful. In deference to the preferences of my fiance, I've tried to reduce the urine smell by soaking them (as lots of recipes recommend) and then discarding the liquid before... (more)

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AStar 0 · June 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I would be surprised if there was significant loss of nutritional value in a soak in water. The fat soluble vitamins are very unlikely to leach out as they are hydrophobic so vitamin A, D, E, and K are safe. Most of the metals are going to be... (more)

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by 5509 · about 22 hours ago

I have an awful time binging and if I am "loose" with my meal plan, I tend to binge binge binge. I just binged on massive amounts of bacon, eggs, butter and spinach. I can binge on ANYTHING if I give myself any leeway. I don't have "intuitive"... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · March 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

That sounds like very little food to me. I'd be raiding the pantry late at night too. What do you consider a binge? I'm worried about your fruit content here. Later when your blood sugar and gut biota are in a better place add it back in and... (more)

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by 453 · about 23 hours ago

I'm trying to change the way I shop in order to change the way I eat (Safeway is 5 minutes away, so I'm currently an impulse buyer). What do you buy when you go in the market... looking for ideas.

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April_S_ 0 · October 30, 2011 at 11:53 PM

At Whole Foods: grass-fed beef (New York steak, top sirloin, round eye, milanesa, short ribs, etc.) coconut oil (Dr. Bronner's virgin unrefined), EVOO (Spectrum), macadamia oil (Oils of Aloha) bison raw macadamia nuts organic fruits and... (more)

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by 5002 · about 23 hours ago

I'm going to start buying higher end knives for my kitchen. But the Internet isn't as helpful on this topic as I expected it to be. Surely there must be several PHers with serious knife knowledge, experience, advice, opinions, etc, regarding... (more)

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Jules 0 · August 17, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Hey Eric: in a word, the best knife is the sharp knife that you like best in your hand. It's like trying on a pair of pants - they might look good online, but you will only know if you like them and suit you well if you go try them on. If you're... (more)

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by 30 · about 23 hours ago

I dropped my blender last week and am in dire need of a replacement. Is there a paleo-approved frontrunner? I'm thinking I'll get a hand/stick one (like the kitchenaid immersion) for small stuff, mayo, and baby food but I really need a regular one... (more)

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Eric_12 0 · June 20, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I have the vitamix and it worls great.

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by 10294 · about 23 hours ago

Yesterday I was at my asian/african food store (for stocking up on shredded coconut, coconut milk, chicken hearts, 10% fat Turkish yoghurt). As usual, I bought some veggies and fruit. And I tried something new: cocoyam or taro. I have never... (more)

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TexasPrimalSurfWahine__TPSW_ 0 · February 24, 2011 at 3:20 PM

You can pound it and ferment it to make poi. The leaves are used in laulau together with pork, pork fat, butter fish, and salt. I love laulau so much that I have seriously contemplated having it shipped in from Hawaii. The poi however, it is... (more)

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by 626 · about 23 hours ago

I'm aware there are some similar threads out there, but I was just curious what your guy's favorite (weird/exotic/uncommon but obtainable) vegetables are? Interesting leafy green suggestions especially welcome. After all, there are way fewer... (more)

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Ruby 0 · December 17, 2010 at 6:57 PM

I LOVE fennel! It's sometimes called anise - it's a white fibrous bulb with green stems and a delicate ferny top. It tastes a little like licorice and it's delicious raw or cooked. I'll eat a whole bulb chopped up raw, the texture is a little like... (more)

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by 15583 · about 23 hours ago

Does any-one know of any paleo/traditional methods to reduce the oxalate content of foods or of any other methods to offset their effects? Most of my staple vegetables- spinach, but also carrots (and also chocolate!)- are quite high. Would the... (more)

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Paul_1 0 · December 14, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Well, I followed a hint on the Wikipedia page and googled around for Oxalobacter formigenes, a gut bacterium that is said to be able to break down (or "metabolize," whatever) oxalate. The main threat of oxalate is that it binds easily with... (more)

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by 1997 · about 23 hours ago

Since going paleo, I'm of course finding myself making a lot more food from scratch. I love cooking but am getting a bit tired of tedious prep work. The biggest source of this seems to be chopping. I have a mandoline which is great for slicing... (more)

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Aril 0 · October 12, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Get a REALLY sharp, aesthetically pleasing (to you) knife and keep it sharpened. It becomes a pleasure to cut meat and veggies with a well balance, very sharp knife, and rather than a mindless chopping-chore, prep work can transform into a... (more)

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by 1655 · about 23 hours ago

Guys - I love paleo and I'm not a big fan of cooking. I'd like food that tastes yummy that I can prepare with minimal effort. Any suggestions on paleo meals that I can put together quickly and easily? For example: my breakfast every morning is... (more)

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Yoannah_offca 0 · September 19, 2010 at 12:09 AM

invest in a slow cooker. yep, it takes a lot of time to cook, so it would seem in contrast to what you are asking for... but if you put a decent amount of meat in it in the evening, you wake up to delicious smell of cooked meal, then you stuff the... (more)

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by 22913 · about 23 hours ago

I'm looking for a guide on how to cook and prepare food for optimal digestion for different types of foods whether it's better to steam, roast, grill or eat raw this is obviously a different answer for different food and nutrient types.. Anyone... (more)

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Karen 0 · June 05, 2010 at 12:29 AM

This may help: USDA Table of Nutrient Retention Factors - Release 6 (2007) http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=9448 It doesn't have figures for when cooking makes some nutrients more available - I'll try to find that later. (more)

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by 0 · October 30, 2014 at 5:06 AM

What's the hold time for refrigerating bacon once it's cooked? Also can you freeze cooked bacon? I want to make mini bacon bowls in advance and am not sure exactly how to store them.

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joanna_4 0 · April 27, 2014 at 1:24 AM

i've had bacon still be fine after 4 days but i can't give advice after that since i've eaten it all.

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by 40 · October 30, 2014 at 4:49 AM

Recently I have been working crazy hours, 16-20 hours at times. Cooking is challenging, I want to maintain the quality of freshness as well. There are 14 hour days and I only get microwave to prep my meals and 2 back to back 14 hour days does... (more)

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Hannah_12 0 · May 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Elena's pantry has some great paleo recipes if you want granola, soup, muffins and pumpkin bars that you can make to throw in your lunch kit. I also like some baking recipes from Detoxinista. When I ate the SAD (standard American diet) I ate... (more)

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by 53 · October 30, 2014 at 4:48 AM

Pretty self explanatory. I'm having a hard time getting 50% of my calories from fat. Does anyone have any tips on how to balance all of that out? Thanks, Cole

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Gio_1 0 · May 07, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Don't overthink every little dietary detail. If it's real whole unprocessed nourishing food that can be found in nature, just eat, enjoy it and live life.

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by 789 · October 30, 2014 at 4:41 AM

Times have NOT been good paleo-wise lately; got a new full time job with extrememly unpredictable and contradicting scheduling. One day I work graveyard, the next an early morning schedule, the next mid-day or a night time shift. Betweenn that,... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · March 10, 2013 at 5:08 AM

I highly recommend the book Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. It's got great cook once, eat all week paleo recipes.

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by 789 · October 30, 2014 at 4:19 AM

Going out of town for the weekend, will be busy running around, and may not have access to cooking much, if at all. I'm taking a 3 hour bus ride to get there/back. Any suggestions on how I can primal-y prepare (keeping fat loss in mind)? Thanks! (more)

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YoungPaleoLover 0 · August 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

I would bring fruit (maybe really ripe bananas and oranges so they don't get squished) and a bag of coconut flakes mixed with cacao nibs (so delicious and not full of omega-6s). In addition, canned salmon is delicious and can easily be brought... (more)

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by 671 · October 30, 2014 at 4:18 AM

We've all got them since we switched: The foods we now relish and savor and gorge on, those that would otherwise be shunned or deemed gross or wildly unhealthy on the SAD. What is your paleo version of your dirty food secret or (now) non-guilty... (more)

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Heather_18 0 · August 03, 2012 at 4:32 AM

A whole package of proscuitto with my fingers.

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by 789 · October 30, 2014 at 4:14 AM

What are your plans to stay primal and celebrate this Independence day?

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Karen 0 · July 03, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Hang out with my tribe, go for a hike, watch the lights in the sky, eat the meat, veg and fruit, don't eat the non-food, play with the kids.

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by 74 · October 30, 2014 at 4:14 AM

Eating Paleo makes a lot of changes to what and how you eat. It removes processed foods, which were quick and easy to eat, and you need to learn new cooking and food preparation skills. What do you find is the most annoying about meal/food... (more)

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Chinaeskimo 0 · June 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I can't just nuke something and swallow it faster than my brain can protest. Food now takes time which makes it harder to be impulsive. It wasn't something that had ever crossed my mind, until I went to nuke some junk food, realized that I had... (more)

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by 1260 · October 30, 2014 at 4:09 AM

So I'm about 3 weeks into a 1-month paleo-challenge and I'm really loving things. I feel great and I've lost several pounds (which was unintended, but I guess it's fine). One thing I do miss, however, is bread. In all forms--sandwiches, tortillas,... (more)

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Kelly_9 0 · May 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I suppose one could cavil at the likelihood that your rinds were from factory-raised pork, but you're not adding weird not-really-food ingredients like guar gum or carageenan to improve texture, so it doesn't seem too faulty to me.

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by 346 · October 30, 2014 at 3:52 AM

Does anyone own a blender that can do this? I'm think of a Waring Classic Pro but I don't know if it's capable of this. I would prefer it if you only recommend blenders you're sure can do this. I want to be able to toss some veg, including... (more)

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · December 31, 2011 at 6:06 PM

A used Vitamix would be what I would go for...you can get replacement parts, and they are fabulous machines. I just sold an old school one at my yardsale for $25, and the jealous woman who arrived right after I sold it said she'd been scouring... (more)

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by 3742 · October 30, 2014 at 3:50 AM

Anyone rice anything besides Cauliflower? I'm wondering if broccoli or cabbage might work. A non-cruciferous option would be nice. Bonus points for finding a way to do it with leafy greens :)

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Jess_1 0 · December 13, 2011 at 3:50 AM

I've tried it with broccoli (actually, a mix of broccoli and cauliflower). IMO, it's too strongly flavored to serve the same role, though I suppose it would work well enough in a dish with complementary flavors. One of the benefits of cauliflower... (more)

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by 1683 · October 30, 2014 at 3:49 AM

Even before I switched to Paleo, I have always heard that organ meats are insanely healthly and everyone could benefit from them...but my problem is, I have never, ever had a bite of organ meat in my life. Mommy focused on chicken, lean beef, lean... (more)

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Jan_1 0 · December 06, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Try canned smoked cod liver, its like poor mans foie gras. Very soft in texture and doesnt much like canned fish at all. Try veal sweetbreads in restaurant.

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