KITCHEN PREPARATION & EQUIPMENT
GLASS FOOD STORAGE:
Large Pyrex storage containers. I generally recommend having two 6pc sets (3 containers). Or 1 set and at least an additional 11 cup. The round ones are also fine, but the rectangular ones tend to be the largest.
For Herbal Infusions & Broths:
Half Gallon Mason Jars, 64oz (for teas and broths), I recommend having at least 2-4 on hand. (These are often sold online as a case of 6, great for dry good storage in the future)
Quart sized Mason Jars, 32 oz (for teas and broths, I'd recommend having at least 3-4 on hand. (These are often sold online as a case of 12, great for dry storage or freeze storage of stews and soups)
I recommend having at least one cast iron pan, as cooking in these pans provide extra iron and flavor in general! I recommend getting a 10" or 12". 10" is a little small, but it's light and easy for daily use. 12" is more ideal, but 10" is also fine.
12.5" Lodge (with hot handle, useful for use in the oven)
TWO LARGE POTS:
At least one 8 quart. If you would like me to make large portions, one 8 quart and one 10 quart is helpful.
One good sharp knife will do! Please sharpen it before I start!
A METAL TEA AND/OR KICHEN STRAINER
NUT MILK BAG OR CHEESECLOTH (ONLY NEEDED IF YOU'D LIKE ME TO MAKE NUTMILK)
I ask for clients to provide non-toxic dish soap, such as that sold by Seventh Generation and Ecover.
Also I ask that you have some baking soda and vinegar on hand and sponges (as opposed to just a brush).
These Spaghetti Scrubs are also wonderful to have on hand (not essential) but nicer I find than a scrubbing brush for baking dishes and pans. I
Whenever possible, please empty your dishwasher prior to the start of my shift. Emptying a dishwasher, drying dishes and hand washing dishes upon arrival can take a considerable amount of time. The timing of my sessions is based on food preparation and clean up, with the understanding that I can get started right away in your kitchen.
If it's impossible to do so, please don't worry! I fully understand that sometimes you need extra help with dishes in the early postpartum days and as a doula I am happy to help with this. That said, please keep in mind that if I am regularly helping with this and dishwashing increases the length of my sessions, I will deduct the additional time from our package and update you accordingly.
KITCHEN & FIRE SAFETY
Please make sure to have a functional small kitchen-appropriate fire extinguisher on hand for safety purpose (I've never had to use one, but this is just to be on the safe side!) Please make sure instructions for use are either on the extinguisher or available online.
Please also make sure all kitchen equipment is in good working order and that fire detectors have sufficient battery.
KITCHEN MATS (OPTIONAL! JUST A RECOMMENDATION!)
Consider getting an anti-fatigue kitchen mat. This is not essential by any means! I've been using them over the past few years and I'm so amazed by how helpful they are that I think they are fantastic for anyone pregnant or postpartum (think longevity of feet, knees, hips) who spends anytime in the kitchen. Here are the two brands I like: