1. Mortar & Pestle – Used for grinding and crushing different types of herbs and spices. They can be made from different materials. I recommend one made from marble.

2. Tongs – Used for grilling, serving salads and picking-up spaghetti. Primarily, they are used to move food from one place to another, to turn the food and also to grab a big “pinch” of food, as a serving, and putting it in another place.
There are 4 types of tongs:
a. UTILITY – metal or plastic that’s very versatile. These can be used instead of buying the spaghetti, ice, and salad tongs.
b. SPAGHETTI – Used to pick-up spaghetti.
c. ICE – Used to pick-up ice.
d. SALAD – Used to pick-up salad.

3. POTATO MASHER – Used to mash or crush either cooked or uncooked foods.

My objective for this channel is to share with others what I have learned over the last 30+ years about living and eating healthier. I share my knowledge with my small circle of friends all the time. I am not a doctor, nor do I hold any type of medical degree, but I believe that my tried experiences may help someone else.

For over 30 years I have used every diet imaginable to lose weight, but I confess that I am now at home using the vegan lifestyle. I want to share what I have learned about eating and enjoying food. And, since I am still learning how to be more consistent with this lifestyle, I have decided to eat more healthily, realizing the weight will come off eventually. Though I have not reached my goal weight, I know that sharing with other people in front of a camera with help me to stay on course.

I have, with the help of my husband of 37 years, raised 3 grown children. I will also share some cooking shortcuts as well as some natural formulas I have used and still use for everyday problems.

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  1. Suchef on July 28, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks Mrs. Berta! Good information. I have all three of those . I do have a ceramic mortar and pestle too, but I like my marble one the best. You said you use non stick pans. Which brand (s) do you recommend. I know the McDougals like the the scan pan . It’s pricey though! : (

  2. mrses44 on July 28, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I want to brag! I have all three of these essentials, and I even have the very kind you’re recommending. I would feel really proud, except that right now my mortar & pestle is filled with little "this ‘n that" stuff (small screws of unknown origin, paper clips, & the like that I find around when cleaning & don’t just want to throw away.) Will try to do better. On another matter, that yellow shirt you’re wearing is a gorgeous shade! Would you mind sharing the brand? It’s a beautiful color to wear for spring – even if I’m only dressing to walk around the block with my dog. There WILL come a time when we’re able to expand our activities. In the meantime, I hope this find you & all you hold dear in a very safe & healthy mode. Big hugs & thanks to you, Elyse

  3. Barbara Smith on July 28, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you for showing us how to use the mortar and pestle! 💕

  4. June Sanchez on July 28, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Berta Jay! I enjoyed this video; thank you! I currently have the zig zag masher that I don’t use much because there’s too much space in between the "zags"! 😀 I need the kind you have! I hope you and yours are all doing well! 🌷🌸🌺

  5. Saba Arshad on July 28, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    I love the yellow I’m you

  6. Almost Jane on July 28, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Good info, Berta. As usual. I have those same tongs in my kitchen – Oxo I think – and I love mine too. As you said, very versatile. I wish I had bought the longer version of them though. Mine are 9 inches I think, and they also make an 11 or 12 inch model. I think those would have been even more versatile. I do use mine a lot – and because of the coated tips, I can even pull hot toast out of the toaster oven with them. That’s when I do wish mine were a little longer though. But they still work well. I use my masher a lot too, for all the reasons you stated. Another multitasker, as Alton Brown would say. One tool that can serve many purposes. Hope you & your family are well & staying safe & healthy. Take care & see you next week! ❤️👍😷🥕❤️

  7. Sharyn M on July 28, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Berta, I have the same mortal & pestle & I love it, I also love the tip on crushing the rosemary. What a great idea, I’m definitely going to do this next time I am cooking with it. Thanks so much Berta for all your wonderful hints & tips, they’re the best. Blessings to you.

  8. Jessica M. Adame on July 28, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    I had a client that taught me to use a potato masher to make egg salad. She didn’t like the chunks of egg so she mashed it up. Worked great. Thank you for another great video.

  9. Anahid Kassabian on July 28, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    The marble mortar and pestle is the bomb. Granite has the advantages of rough surfaces, which helps with grinding, but I feel like they’re much harder to clean. The big Mexican standard one, the mocajete, is granite, and it is much loved, so who knows? But I’m with you, Berta, I love my marble one.

  10. Katelyn Lauren on July 28, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing! 💚

  11. It's Ya Girl 420 on July 28, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Good morning Mrs Jay 🌞

  12. Tamson Darland on July 28, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    I always enjoy these utensil tip videos so much. I’m definitely a utensil collector. But I also love kitchen gadgets and collect cookbooks too. It brings me much joy having my kitchen gadgets. God Bless You for always being so pleasant and warm. I hope you & your family are doing well. May God continue to provide Health, Peace and Strength for you & your family. Love Tamson. 😇🖤.

  13. Snap Out_Of_It on July 28, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Just wanted to stop in and say, thank you for all your wonderful tips and tricks. I use so many of the things you have taught, you have helped me save a ton of money too! Your an angel, thank you!

  14. Maggie's Journey on July 28, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Think you Berta Jay.

  15. Sandra Knecht on July 28, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    You are looking good. I’m glad you haven’t been hit with the virus. Hope your family is also well. God Bless You!

  16. Betsy Visser on July 28, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I love your tips and tricks Berta Jay💜, I always look forward to your videos, you always put a smile on my face. I hope all is well with you and your family🥰

  17. C I on July 28, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    thanks so much for this Berta Jay! I now have a new wish list on Amazon! I do have tongs and LOVE them but i don’t have a mortar and pestle. I have a potato masher but it is the swirly one and I love the one you have! You always have the best information!! You are a blessing!

  18. CANNALADY RV LIFE on July 28, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you Berta!!! I have one and I’ve never used it!! 🥰

  19. Leandro Seoane on July 28, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Love all of your videos and zen ways.

  20. Connie carr on July 28, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Hey hey Berta Jay… video was very helpful… I just recently bought some Rosemary (never used it before) and it looked like yours before crushed and it didnt impress me but now Im gonna buy a mortar pestle and try again… Wishing you good health and thanks for the video… I always look forward to your videos!

  21. surfnyolly on July 28, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you Berta and I hope you and your family are well during this challenging time. I love these little videos bc I’m no kitchen guru. Honey we need to get you some All Clad pots n pans. I feel like the nonstick stuff goes right into our foods and stuff. Stay well my friend.

  22. Savannah V on July 28, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Berta great video! I love my potato masher like yours, never thought to use it when I make applesauce! Tell Evan great work on the visual!🥰😎

  23. Brenda Lawrence on July 28, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Hey, Hey Berta Jay! Sorry I haven’t been around in so long. I sure wish I would have seen this video about two months ago. I got a mortar and pestle, thought I was getting a small one as that is what the reviews said. But it is larger than I really wanted. I didn’t know what kind of material to get, knew I didn’t want the wooden ones as I thought the same thing, it would hold the scents and such. So ended up with a granite one. Wish I would have gotten a marble one. Like the look better. But that is ok. It will still come in good use. Yep, I have tongs like that and love them. I really want a potato masher, have for a long time, just never got one. Great things to have in the kitchen for sure! Stay safe and healthy Berta!!! Hugs, Brenda

  24. Debbie Tibert on July 28, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Berta Jay I just watched your video on stay calm and don’t panic. Thank you for your calming Faith filled words 🙂

  25. Barb Fleming on July 28, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Hey Hey Berta Jay…I have never used a mortar and pestle but shall purchase on as your right while using herbs it would bring out the flavour better than just putting them into your dish. I do have the same thongs and I have the curly potato masher but find its doesn’t mash the potatoes thorough as the one you have would…Thanks Berta….from one of your troupers….

  26. Cheryl Powell on July 28, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing your kitchen essentials.

  27. Hadassah Smith on July 28, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Berta, I found all your information very helpful, but I have a problem with the silver and black tongs. I have them and they are only good to use on cold or warm foods. My tongs melted just a little on the tip. I now use only for salads. I really like the way they close.

  28. Lois Campbell on July 28, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    It’s always soooo good to see you, Berta Jay. I bought my marble mortar and pestle on Amazon in July of last year for $11.02. The very same one is now $19.03. I also have the very same tongs you have and use them a LOT. I love the lock and pop feature of them. Lastly, I have the old style wire potato masher though I rarely use it these days. My son uses a ricer and he makes the best garlic mashed potatoes for the holidays.

  29. Debbie Sullivan on July 28, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks Berta🌷

  30. Naomi Hukes on July 28, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Hey Berta Jay, I don’t have the motor and pestle, so am ordering one from amazon. Thanks for showing how to use one. Have a blessed day.

  31. James Witte on July 28, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I love my marble slab and rolling pin … My utility tongs have a sliding sleeve to keep closed … Yup, masher for guacamole or bananas for pbb (peanut butter and banana) sandwich …

  32. Hadassah Smith on July 28, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Berta,
    Thank you for your reply to my comment. I don’t know if my tongs were made by XOX so they may be different than your tongs. I would just like to let you know I am enjoying your videos, thank you much. I have changed my diet too I am not vegan but vegetarian. I look forward to your next video. Enjoy your day. Hadassah

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