Amazon Prime Day 2017

Are you addicted to Amazon?

As an Amazon Prime Member for years, I can confidently say “yes” to that question.

It’s my favorite place to find unique items and home products.

When I first started the keto diet, I made a bulk buy of many low-carb foods to replace the junk in my pantry and inspire me to cook new recipes.

You can see a full list of my recommendations here.

Almost all the tools I use in my kitchen are top-rated from Amazon.

Because of their unbiased reviews, I’ve NEVER made a purchase that didn’t exceed my expectations.

With Amazon Prime Day coming up on July 11th, I want to discuss all the ways Amazon has made my life easier.

Take advantage of the deals and see what you can find for your situation!

Digital Scale


I’m one of those people that rarely goes by standard measurements like cups or tablespoons.

I either eyeball or opt for a digital scale when developing a recipe.

Measuring by weight is superior to measuring by volume because it allows you to precisely duplicate or step-up the batch size.

A scale also comes in handy if you decide to track macronutrients like I did for 6 months.

Hand Blender

My immersion hand blender may be the oldest kitchen tool in my possession.

I’ve been using this bad boy for almost a decade. It’s perfect for beverages and creating a creamy soup within the cooking vessel.

It’s my clearest story of when spending a little extra upfront is more than worth the price.

The only other hand blender that I owned before this one (from Walmart) broke within 2 months.

So let’s do the math: $30 for 10 years, or $19 for 2 months.

We both know which is the better value. Trust your fellow Amazon reviewers!

Salt & Pepper

There is nothing more important to cooking than seasoning properly.

It takes a bland meal to savory and delicious.

I need immediate access to both salt and pepper at all times in the kitchen.

My preference is a wooden pepper mill with Tellicherry peppercorns, and I keep Himalayan pink salt in a bamboo salt box with a magnetic lid that swings open.

I’m eventually going to buy another salt box for my favorite “finishing” salt, Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, which add a pleasant crunch.

Right now I’m using a cheap plastic pint container (pictured in the middle), but such a fine product deserves better.

Shame on me.

Food Dehydrator

I bought this food dehydrator out of pure necessity earlier in the year.

When you grow food in your garden, it’s inevitable that some plants will produce more than others.

For me, it was massive amounts of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and herbs.

Instead of composting or giving away all the excess, I’m going to get my money’s worth from this machine and keep food into the fall/winter.

Perhaps the best use of a dehydrator? Beef jerky.

Unfortunately, I don’t have cows in my backyard. One step at a time.

Vegetable Spiralizer

Raised in an Italian family, it’s not surprising that pasta dinners were a weekly occurrence in our household.

When hit with the urge, turn summer squash into noodles using a vegetable spiralizer.

In fact, I ate this for lunch today with a homemade tomato sauce frozen from last year’s garden harvest, sweet sausage and topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

Don’t forget to try the richer, more indulgent zucchini noodle alfredo with a creamy garlic sauce.

Those same family members think I starve myself because I don’t eat bread or pasta now.

They are sadly mistaken, I simply make smarter choices more regularly with substitutions like this.

Food Processor & Blender

In general, I don’t want gifts.

I’m particular with what I buy, and I’d prefer fewer possessions, not more.

One major exception was this combination food processor and blender.

My parents read my mind because I’d been contemplating purchasing a food processor before the holiday season a few years back.

They beat me to the punch, and this has come in handy for low-carb preparations like cauliflower pizza or cauli-mash.

Brita Water Dispenser

95% of what I drink starts with my Brita UltraMax 18-Cup Dispenser.

That’s water, coffee and tea. The elixirs of health.

The remaining 5% is low-carb goodies like Almond Milk or Flax Milk.

I never drink tap water.

I never buy plastic bottles, especially given the amount I consume daily (up to 1 gallon).

Coffee Station

Every morning, I look forward to hand-grinding and brewing a fresh cup of coffee using the AeroPress.

This routine makes me want to attack the day, and in a way it’s a meditative experience since it’s not push-button.

There is nothing wrong if you prefer the convenience of a Keurig coffee machine. Almost everyone else in my family owns one.

I simply value putting in a little extra work to get the highest quality beverage while I watch the sunrise from my kitchen window!

Since I rarely drink more than 1 cup per day, it’s the perfect solution with easy clean-up.

Spice Rack

I am a freak when it comes to organization. Messes do not last in my presence.

As such, when my cabinet began looking unruly, I decided to sort things out with a three-level spice rack.

Combined with my commercial squeeze bottles (back row), this makes it much easier to access all the flavors in my kitchen without digging around.

Fruit & Vegetable Basket

When I see things thrown about on a table or countertop, my instinct is to develop the vertical space.

Like the spice rack, this vegetable and fruit basket lets me store pounds of onions, avocados, lemons, limes, garlic and other food.

I’m positive many people don’t cook because they not only have to clean after, but before cooking to clear an adequate working area.

Don’t allow this. Own your kitchen and keep it tidy.

Spice Grinder

An electric grinder can be used for coffee, but since the grind size is more important there, I stick with my hario coffee grinder.

Instead, this cheap appliance works great to pulverize whole spices and seeds.

My most used ingredients: fennel seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, flaxseed, chia seeds, and red chili flakes.

Silicone Chocolate Mold

My newly purchased silicone mold will be put to use regularly, considering how much I eat chocolate.

To date, I’ve gotten by with 85-90% dark chocolate, but this will make it much easier to eliminate all sugar from the equation without missing out on my daily treat.

Check out my recipe for a mint chocolate bar.

Happy Prime Day!

Amazon Prime is my solution to every home problem outside of the grocery store.

With their recent acquisition of Whole Foods, it’s quite possible they will deliver fresh, local food to my door, eliminating the need to even make that trip.

Do yourself a favor, and sign-up today for Amazon Prime to save time and money while improving your health.