Let’s face it. There are a select few of us out there who can’t find our way around the kitchen. Some of us are downright scared to enter! I was definitely in your shoes. I’m not proud of it, but I have burned a few things in my day.
Well, it’s time to face that fear! There are so many delicious vegan recipes out there. Your first step to enjoying them is to prep your kitchen with the proper tools. Here is a list of my favorite must-have kitchen tools for a vegan kitchen!
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If you don’t buy anything else on this list, make sure you have a good blender. I think a blender is essential in any kitchen, but in a vegan kitchen, it’s required! Of course you can use your blender to make your morning green smoothies. But, blenders let you create creamy sauces and soups, your own almond milk, and even vegan cheese!
It is important that you invest in a high quality blender since you will most likely use it everyday. As far as size goes, choose a size that will fit your preference. Personally, I have both a large blender and a small blender. I find myself rarely using the large blender, since the smaller one gets the job done.
2. Immersion Blender
I love eating creamy soups in the winter time. I mean, a potato curry soup can just make everything alright. An immersion blender allows you to blend any soup to a creamy consistency. You could always carefully pour your hot soup in your standing blender, but this is way more fun. This is the gadget you may not absolutely need, but once you get it, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.
An immersion blender can also be used for mixing ingredients when baking as well. My blender comes with a whisk detachable for versatility.
3. Potato Peeler
Whether sweet, white, red, or golden, potatoes can really add some heartiness to your plate. If I’m not making potato wedges as a side, I like to put potatoes in my winter soups. Either way, I like to peel the potatoes before using them in my dish. Now this is a personal choice, since I know there are many people who like to keep the skin on.
For me, a peeler can really make the job of peeling a potato easy as opposed to a knife. You are much less likely to cut yourself and you can be sure to keep the meat of the potato intact, instead of throwing it away with the skin.
4. Pasta Pot w/ Draining Lid
Dishes can be a pain. Anytime you can combine two tools into one, you should! Having a draining lid for your pasta pot can really come in handy after boiling pasta or vegetables and it spares you the from an extra thing to wash (the colander.) Make sure the lid has a lock system in place to protect yourself from any boiling water that might splash.
5. A Good Knife Set
As a vegan, I usually find myself spending most of my time in the kitchen doing prep work for meals. Specifically, chopping fruits and vegetables. It is important that you invest in a good knife set (or a good sharpener.) Take the time to learn how to use each knife and what the knife works best on. This will help you save a lot of time and frustration in the kitchen, especially when you are creating new dishes.
6. Multiple Cutting Boards
The cutting boards go hand in hand with the knife set. Before becoming vegan, I had one medium size cutting board. And that was sufficient. Now, with a number of vegetables and fruits I chop daily, that just won’t cut it. Make sure you have a large cutting board and a few smaller ones, preferably wood. Having a large cutting board makes it easier to chop and separate all the veggies I need for one dish. Chopping everything at one time is a good idea, specifically for an inexperienced cook, because you won’t cook one vegetable too long while trying to prep another.
7. Cast Iron Skillet
If you pick up on one theme for your kitchen tools, it should be durable. The cast iron skillet is not only durable, but it is versatile. Oven or stovetop, it can do the job. I originally bought my cast iron skillet to fry some vegan crab cakes I wanted to try. I have been using it non-stop ever since.
Remember, these wonderful skillets do require a little T.L.C. Make sure to “season” your skillet by oiling it and setting it in the oven for about an hour. Please refer to the instructions that come with your skillet.
8. Mason Jars
Okay, this really isn’t a kitchen tool, but it is necessary. Mason jars make the perfect container for morning smoothies, overnight oats, and storing leftovers. Pop on the lid and your can take any meal to go. They are both microwave safe and dishwasher safe. I usually use my mason jars to store vegetables or fruit I pre-chopped. This way, dinner becomes a snap when I cut my prep time down.
In the comments below:
What are your favorite kitchen tools?