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Let's continue with our chat about the most essential kitchen tools every new vegan needs.
As a Vegan since 1994, I know what works in a busy vegan kitchen.
These are the tools I use in my everyday life.
My focus is always on the best quality products for the lowest price, because that's what's important to me -- and our household budget. :)
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Patty "Sassy" Knutson, N.C.
Vegan Coach/Author/Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
We have extensively covered the 5 specific tools I own and recommend you consider as well.
Remember, these will completely change how you cook. I feel these are essential items every vegan kitchen should have.
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Next, let's chat about more essential kitchen tools to consider, especially if you're stocking a vegan kitchen from scratch.
Use this guide to compare with what you already have, and then fill in the holes as desired.
We used to use plastic Tupperware for nearly everything. But over time as we have learned more about plastics we have slowly been replacing everything with glass instead.
Glass is where it's at, for sure. Easy to clean, never stain, and I don't know if it's all in my head but I swear my food tastes better since we switched to glass.
Now, when I look at my collection of plastic mixing and storage bowls in my cupboard they look sort of sad and I feel sorry for them. Seriously!
This glass cookware set from Anchor has just about every size you need for vegan cooking including a lasagna-size dish and two different casserole dishes along with their lids. Gotta have the lids.
Plus, you'll get a loaf dish (indispensable for no-meat loafs!) and a pie dish (I use mine almost exclusively for making vegan tofu quiche).
I also love the small glass containers with lids -- we use them allllll the time for storing small amounts (such as 1/2 jalapeno, 1/2 lemon, or 1/2 avocado). This package also comes with various spatulas and also a set of measuring spoons which are the rectangular shape I recommend.
Oh, and it DOESN'T come with the eggs. Thank the gods for that! ;)
They're perfect for mixing food as well as for storing leftovers, especially soup. They're a nice weight and the lids fit perfectly.
We also own a couple sets of these glass storage dishes. They are absolutely perfect sizes that we use allllll the time.
We have many of these small 1 cup glass dishes with lids. Just like those above, we use them nearly every day for storing small amounts. We've even used some to store non-food items away. You'll be glad you have them.
You really can't have too many glass storage bowls.
These are the tools I use most often in my daily cooking. Sure, I have a lot more than this, but again and again I turn to these nearly every day so I hereby claim these as vegan kitchen essentials.
For everyday cooking, most people have a set of knives. Any knives will do, of course. I still have some good oldies I myself use.
But all bets are off when it comes to my chef's knife.
I looooove my Kyocera 7" ceramic chef's knife. It has an ergonomic handle making it a joy to do my slicing and dicing. And ceramic stays sharp far longer than regular stainless steel knives.
I have two of them, and when one starts to dull, I send it in to Kyocera to get sharpened and break out the other one. The knife sharpening itself is complimentary, but you pay $10 so they can send it back to you. You can also buy a ceramic knife sharpener but I have heard it doesn't sharpen your knife as well as if you send it in to the company to get sharpened.
Helpful for cleaning produce, especially leafy greens. We own this salad spinner from OXO. It's sturdy, very easy to use (just push down on the button a few times with the palm of your hand). Ours has lasted a long time.
Helpful for grinding seeds to a powder such as for use on your salads. (If you have a Vitamix with a dry container, it will do the job too.)
We have had this little guy by Krups for a long time. It's inexpensive and gets the job done quickly and easily.
Any grater will do. You don't need anything fancy. I like a taller grater like this one to grate hard veggies like carrots and beets for salads. Use the side with the larger holes for this purpose.
This grater comes apart so you can use either side on its own (whether using the side with the larger holes or the medium holes), or you can keep them together for those times when you need to lean into your grating job. Overall, it's easier to clean than a regular ol' box-shaped grater.
I LURVE my microplane! I use it to zest lemons -- it's amazing how many times you'll want to add lemon zest because the flavor is so bright.
I also use this to "finely grate" my vegan cheeses. When you use this tool with vegan cheese (such as Follow Your Heart on pizza), it helps the meltability immensely.
Clearly, I like OXO, eh? They make good quality products and are quite affordable.
By the way, did you know after working with garlic you should always rub your fingers along stainless steel (such as your kitchen faucet) and the garlic smell goes away nearly instantly? Also, always wash your hands with cold water, not warm or hot, since the cold ensures your pores will stay closed to not allow the garlic smell to permeate.
Ya gotta have a good whisk. And this one by Gourmetics Kitchens is perfection.
It's the perfect weight and size, rust-resistant, and dishwasher safe too.
A few years ago I was browsing around our local kitchen store/cooking school and got in a convo with the owner. He said "Do you have one of these yet?" and held up these Messermeister tongs. He said I'd use them all the time. I purchased them on the spot, and the rest is history.
He was right; I use them all the time! Especially helpful when I plate spaghetti, toss leafy greens in a pan, and cook with asparagus because they slip off of spoons, and forks can tear them. It's a handy little tool.
And I love that it locks in the closed position to save room in your drawer -- just close them and pull the little latch out. To open, just push the latch on the end in (I usually use my hip to do this since my other hand is usually busy, and I imagine most people do this too).
Believe it or not, all colanders are not created equally!
We've had this stainless steel Norpro colander for years.
It's well made and has a nice weight to it. And has never rusted on us!
These strainers made by Cuisinart are perfect for straining/rinsing very small foods such as quinoa.
I am always blown away by how many uses I come up with for these 3 strainer sizes.
You might think that all measuring cups are created equally. Au contraire! :)
These measuring cups from Bellmain are very accurate and stack perfectly.
Love that they're squared off at the bottom versus rounded (who ever thought rounded measuring cups were a good idea, anyway?).
Plus, they're made from a good quality stainless steel which makes them safer to use than plastic measuring cups.
These measuring spoons from OXO have a lot going for them including measurements that are actually etched into the steel, oblong shape versus round so they fit into your spice jars (!), and a flat surface so you can set them down full without worrying about them emptying on you (don't you hate when that happens?).
Hope this has helped you to figure out some of the essential vegan kitchen tools you need.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask below, or shoot me a note through my contact form.
But before you go, please share below: Which are your favorite I-can't-cook-without-them kitchen gadgets?
Thank you! :)
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