Kitchen Utensils


  Pressure Cooker

A pressure cooker is an essential item in macrobiotic cooking, especially in preparing rice and other grains. Stainless steel is recommended.





Pressure cooker






  Cooking Pots

Stainless steel and cast iron are recommended, although Pyrex, stoneware, or unchipped enamelware may also be used. Aluminum or Teflon-coated pots are not recommended.


  Metal Flame Deflectors

These are especially helpful when cooking rice and other grains, as they help distribute heat more evenly and prevent burning. Do not use asbestos pads.


  Suribachi (Grinding Bowl)

A suribachi is a ceramic bowl with grooves set into its surface. It is used with a wooden pestle called a surikogi and is needed in preparing condiments, pureed foods, salad dressings, and other items. A 6-inch size is generally fine for regular use.


Suribachi and surikogi


  Flat Grater

A small enamel or steel hand style that will grate finely is especially recommended.






  Pickle Press

(or heavy crock with a plate and weight). It is recommended that several of these be available for regular use in the preparation of pickles and pressed salads.


  Steamer Basket

The small, stainless steel steamers are generally suitable. Bamboo steamers are also fine for regular use.


Vegetable steamer


  Wire Mesh Strainer

A large strainer is useful for washing grains, beans, seaweeds, and some vegetables, and for draining noodles. A small, fine-mesh strainer is good for washing smaller items, such as millet or sesame seeds.


  Vegetable Knife

A sharp, high-quality knife allows for more even, attractive, and quick cutting of vegetables. Stainless steel and carbon steel varieties are recommended.


  Cutting Board

It is important to cut vegetables on a clean, flat surface. Wooden cutting boards are ideal for this purpose. It is recommended that this board not be used for the preparation of dishes containing animal foods and should be wiped clean after each use.


  Sharpening Stone

A sharpening stone, when used regularly, will maintain the cutting edge of your vegetable knives.


  Foley Hand Food Mill

This utensil is useful for pureeing, especially when preparing baby food or dishes requiring a creamy texture.


  Glass Jars

Large glass jars are useful for storing grains, seeds, nuts, beans, or dried foods. Wood or ceramic containers, which allow air to circulate, are better but may be difficult to locate.


  Tamari Soy Sauce Dispenser

This is very helpful in controlling the quantity of tamari soy sauce used in cooking.



Tamari soy sauce in dispenser

  Tea Strainer

Small, inexpensive bamboo strainers are ideal, but small mesh strainers may also be used.


Bamboo tea strainer



  Vegetable Brush

A natural-bristle vegetable brush, available at most natural food stores, is recommended for cleaning vegetables. 


  Wooden Utensils

Wooden utensils (spoons, rice paddles, cooking chopsticks) are suggested, as they will not scratch pots and pans nor leave a metallic taste in your food.




Wooden utensils (clockwise): Roasting paddle, rice paddle, chopsticks 





  Bamboo Mats

These mats are made from natural bamboo and may be used to cover food. They are designed to allow heat to escape and air to enter, so food does not spoil quickly if unrefrigerated.


Bamboo sushi mat