Thinking back to going vegan almost four years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I had just moved into an apartment and was doing all of my cooking on my own. Over the years, I’ve learned what tools I love and think are super valuable in a vegan kitchen. Have a look at this list to get started on where your kitchen journey should take you! These tools are not in any particular order of importance, but be sure to comment your go-to kitchen appliance in your vegan kitchen.
Blenders are so essential in a vegan kitchen. I make a smoothie for breakfast or after work outs, almost every day. They’re also great for making blended soups, sauces and drinks.
Cast iron pan
A cast iron pan would be very helpful in your kitchen. Tatiana from Toronto Brunch Club mentions the added benefits of getting iron into your food as well! From stir fries to getting a good crisp on tofu, you want a great pan that will help the process. Making the investment into great pans will be beneficial for you in the long run!
A food processor is required for many recipes. I know this because I never had a food processor and I wanted to make so many great things but I couldn’t! From making pesto, vegan parmesan cheese, to cheesecake, a food processor will come in handy whether you’re cooking or baking.
The most frustrating thing for me is trying to cut a tomato and my knife wont go through it. As a recent university student, this was my reality for all five years of university. No student invests heavily in student housing. This year for my birthday, however, my brother and future sister-in-law got me a set of knives from Amazon Basics and I couldn’t have been happier! It’s worth the price.
I use lemon in many of my dishes! I used to stab the lemon with a fork and try to get as much juice as I could out. I’ve since learned that you can do things such as heating up a lemon or rolling it against your counter to get more juice to the surface, but honestly I love my lemon squeezer. My partner got me one for my birthday one year and I use it all the time!
I never knew how much baking I would do until after I went vegan. Without being able to stumble into just any bakery to get a baked good, I had to make my own! I often use a bread pan, baking sheet and cake pan. Those are the most important items for me as I like to make banana bread, use a baking sheet to roast vegetables in the oven, and make cakes for birthday parties.
With all of the beans I consume, there’s no way I could live without a good can opener. Honestly, I actually hate can openers. I never know how to properly use one. If anyone has a good recommendation for one that does all the work for me, please let me know in the comments! Either way, it’s essential for all the cans you might get your hands on!
Slow cooker/Instant pot
A few years ago, before instant pots were the must-have kitchen item, I wanted a slow cooker so badly! My mom got me an adorable one from Amazon with a daisy print on it. Although it takes more time, I love just throwing things into a slow cooker and returning to it hours later ready to go. If you’re the opposite of me, an instant pot can help mitigate the waiting!
Although I don’t currently own an air fryer, it is high on my list. An air fryer uses air instead of oil to fry whatever you put in it. Commonly users will make french fries, faux fried chicken, etc. I’d love this so I can consume less oil but still get an amazing crispy texture.
A spiralizer takes a vegetable and turns it into spirals, similar to noodles. My mom and I use a spiralizer with sweet potatoes to make sweet potato curly fries, as well as with zucchini that we then put on pizza. More commonly, it is used to make zucchini noodles as a gluten-free or low-carb avenue to get the same affect as noodles.
Now that you know my top 10 tools that I use in my vegan kitchen, be sure to consider these next time you’re out thrifting or have a birthday coming around! Let me know which appliances you swear by in your kitchen and I may just have to add to my collection!
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