Get cookbook author, Allie Doran’s, kitchen essentials for cooking wild game the right way so you can cut down on gadgets & cook great food.
Whenever people ask me “what kitchen gadgets do I need for cooking with venison” or “what do I even need to start cooking with venison”, I ALWAYS tell them that I could really get by with a good knife, a cast iron pan and a slow cooker.
I seriously am NOT a gadget or complicated ingredient girl. So, you’ll be surprised to see that the list of tools, equipment and pantry staples below is comprised of quality cooking essentials. That’s just it.
These are kitchen essentials I believe every cook should have in their kitchen, wild game or not.
Grab a copy of my cookbook Venison Every Day to get you started!
For Freezer Prep
I like to weigh my meat and seal in vacuum bags to keep things fresh and to make sure I always know what I have on hand.
Knives & Sharp Things
This is the knife set I’ve been using for YEARS and we’ve supplemented with the Santoku and Boning knives. I use the Santoku for everyday, I like the control I have. And the boning is great for processing.
Cookware & Bakeware
- Slow Cooker (6+ qt, I like my 7qt)
- Cast Iron – I prefer quality, vintage cast iron
- Dutch Oven – I have this and this
- Baking/Casserole Dish Set
- Pots and Pans
You need a slow cooker and a Dutch oven for braising stews and roasts. From there use cast iron. If you like pots and pans, I like the set listed above. I’m not a fan of non-stick, besides the egg pan included in that set.
- Mixing Bowls (with a grippy bottom)
- Large Cutting Boards with Rim
- Citrus Press
I love mixing bowls with grippy bottoms (especially great for kids in the kitchen). Large cutting boards expand work space and my recipes rely on lots of citrus so grab a citrus press.
Spices & Seasoning
Do not go out and buy a ton of crazy spice blends for wild game. Classic, quality blends and fresh herbs go a long way. Those two salts will make your food taste restaurant quality.
Oil and Vinegar
I rely on good acids and fats when cooking so these staples get me through most meals at home.
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