kitchen tools

This page contains nearly every tool I use for making my cats’ food. I’m incredibly satisfied with the quality and longevity of each of these. With the exception of my first grinder (sold to a budding young chef when I upgraded to my current one) and the paper cups below, all of these products have been in use since I started making cat food many years ago.

Mini stainless pinch bowls with lids

Mini stainless pinch bowls with lids

by Oggi

Fantastically small and air-tight! Perfect for parking your dry supplements while making cat food (the recipes on Radlilcat will require some capsule-opening and these are just the right sized containers for that).

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Mini measuring spoons

Mini measuring spoons

by Norpro

These are a riot: they’re labeled “Pinch,” “Dash,” etc and who really knows what those mean in cooking terms! The estimations of sizes are all over the map on the Amazon reviews. So I contacted I Norpro and they wrote that they hadn’t had specific measurements in mind when they had this idea years ago. (Wow. Weird.) They wrote that these were not intended for medical use, or anything where that level of precision is needed, but that they are roughly: Tad = 1/4 tsp, Dash = 1/8 tsp, Pinch = 1/16 tsp, Smidgen = 1/32 tsp, Drop = 1/64 tsp. I regularly use a “Smidgen” of probiotics (see my recommendation under “supplements”) for my cats and for the one who occasionally needs a bit of fiber.

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Six quart stainless mixing bowl

Six quart stainless mixing bowl

by Fox Run

An incredibly good value: large enough for a half batch of any of the recipes on my site. Get two for preparing a full recipe. It is hard to judge the size by the photo (and even 6qt doesn’t say much to some of us!), but this bowl is something I could wrap my arms around and overlap my hands (in other words, it is sizable!).

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Lightweight starter meat grinder

Lightweight starter meat grinder

by LEM

This was my intro-level grinder that I quickly moved on from. The pros are that it is small and light: you can fit it in a cabinet and, even if way up high, you won’t kill yourself getting it down. The cons are related to that: there are a lot of plastic and aluminum parts. I think the plastic won’t endure like metal will and I didn’t love that food was touching aluminum rather than stainless. I much prefer the more substantial grinder I’ve listed here, but I also firmly believe that this will do the trick on a tight budget.

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Two cup glass containers

Two cup glass containers

by Pyrex

These containers work well for setting ingredients aside in the food-making process. If using to freeze the finished product, they fit the equivalent of two meals for my three cats.

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One cup paper containers

One cup paper containers

by Sweet Bliss Containers

I keep these onhand in the event that I run out of my glass Pyrex containers for storing cat food in the freezer.

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One cup glass containers

One cup glass containers

by Pyrex

Perfect, food-safe glass containers. I store my finished raw food in these in the freezer. My three cats go through roughly one container per meal. Unlike other materials, glass will neither impart flavors nor retain them and they feel so much safer than many of the plastics out there.

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Great value meat grinder

Great value meat grinder

by LEM

This LEM grinder is beautifully made, is relatively quiet as grinders go, and it isn’t half bad looking. It is pricier than the first one I invested in, but it is a workhorse. This one (unlike my previous lightweight LEM) has to sit on the kitchen counter as it is too heavy for me to take in and out of a cabinet. It is very reasonably priced, relative to its competition.

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