Food Preparation

Food Preparation

Food Preparation Questions

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by 40 · about 20 hours ago

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 · about 20 hours ago

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 1042 · about 20 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 789 · about 20 hours ago

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 789 · about 20 hours ago

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 15583 · about 20 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 20 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 1240 · about 20 hours ago

I really enjoy cooking, but I can't commit serious time to it seven days a week. In additional to cooking large batches of food, what tips can you offer to help save time preparing meals? I'm only feeding myself, for what it's worth.

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Sara_S_ 0 · January 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I think a combination of techniques works great. On the weekend cook up a batch of food that keeps well in the fridge and takes a couple minutes to heat up, such as chicken, broth, meatloaf, curry, stirfry, etc. You can also cook up egg-muffins... (more)

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by 346 · about 20 hours ago

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 · about 20 hours ago

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 453 · about 21 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 15976 · about 21 hours ago

With all the talk of food reward and CIH it occurred to me that perhaps the best thing to keep in mind/tell people to do (if they???re asking for advice) is ???cook all your food.??? I mean eat nothing that you don???t cook from scratch... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · October 02, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Haven't you ever seen a plump peasant woman in fairytales and books? The Babushka is a perfect example. There are plenty of such women in my own family, women who have cooked Old European peasant staples from scratch their entire lives and are... (more)

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by 5002 · about 21 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 5002 · about 21 hours ago

Just got a new food processor in the mail, which I wasn't expecting (wedding gift). What can I make or do with it?

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Marie 0 · August 02, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Soup, Sauerkraut Gazpacho Pizza (non gluten) Cookies (ditto, the non gluten) Smoothies Gelato Coconut Butter Oh, how I love my food processor, let me count the ways!

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by 10294 · about 21 hours ago

How did our ancestors cook the foods they ate (or not). Do you think this is important? What can we learn from it? I remember reading anthropology that e.g. the Hadza just throw a monkey on the fire until the outer layers are black and the inner... (more)

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Eluic 0 · August 03, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Go on you tube and watch ray mears wilderness survival show he asks and answers this exact question in the wilderness of the world.

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by 20519 · about 21 hours ago

I've noticed over the months that I transitioned to Paleo that I'm having some pangs and concerns with my cooking. Pangs because when I'm requested to make dishes that are non-Paleo, I'm starting to feel a little guilty about feeding unhealthy... (more)

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melimel 0 · July 20, 2011 at 12:59 AM

I don't feel guilty about making non-paleo foods for other people. For me it's easy to go all crazy-restrictive with my diet, whether it's low-carb, paleo, low-fat, ayurvedic, or whatever kick I've been on. The flip side of crazy-restrictive is... (more)

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by 30 · about 21 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 19479 · about 21 hours ago

I'm pretty much over the government telling me what I "should" eat in order to be "healthy" (i.e. fat, sick and tired) and thought that it would be cool to get a whole bunch of pictures together, make a collage, and declare July 4th 2011 "Food... (more)

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Sophia_1 0 · June 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Sashimi platter

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by 15583 · about 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 20, 2014 at 4:09 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 671 · October 20, 2014 at 3:40 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 74 · October 20, 2014 at 3:38 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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