After doing some research, I found that you don’t need to buy expensive, complicated equipment to make delicious meals. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can cook almost anything using simple kitchen utensils.
If you are planning on buying new kitchen equipment, make sure you know the essentials. Your kitchen doesn’t need to be fully equipped with everything available. You can begin this by taking some time to purge your pantry of older, unnecessary products.
In the event that you’re in transition, it’s likely that you don’t need much in the way of large, expensive kitchen appliances. My top 5 favorite vegan-friendly kitchen tools should be already in your kitchen, if not, take a look at my article to find out. The types of equipment also come with a specific recommended product that you can easily purchase.
1. An Effective Blender
A blender is a versatile kitchen gadget. You can make smoothies, baby food, soups, dips and plant-based sauces. A good blender will always be an important piece of equipment in a vegan-based kitchen. But there are a lot of bad blenders out there as well.
So let’s take a quick look at what makes a good blender. The first thing to look for is what kind of motor the blender has. In general look for something that has at least 1,500 watts. The more watts, the better. If you’re making smoothies with frozen fruits and vegetables you’ll be able to use it more often without having to wait for your ingredients to thaw out.
One way to test the motor is to run the blender on maximum speed with no ingredients in it. Put your hand on the side of the unit or hold it up to your ear and listen for any strange noises like buzzing or whining. A good blender will not make any sounds at all when running on high speed with nothing in it.
A good choice would be the Vitamix 5200 Blender Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning 64 oz Container, Black – 001372, shown above.
2. A Good Food Processor
A good food processor is a must in any well-equipped kitchen. Even in a meat-centered kitchen, it does a lot of things that would otherwise be tedious and time consuming: chopping large quantities of herbs, nuts or other ingredients; grinding grain into flour; mixing dough for Easter breads or pizza dough. It saves time and money, too.
I have found that dishes made with fresh ingredients are superior to those made with prepackaged mixes. The more of the ingredients you can do yourself, the better the food will taste. A food processor can save you money because it makes cooking fresh foods so convenient. It takes only minutes to chop enough vegetables for several meals, grind enough flour to bake dozens of cookies, mix enough dough for three loaves of bread.
The Cuisinart FP-13DSV Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor and Dicing Kit, Silver, shown above, is our best pick for this particular tool.
3. A Dutch Oven
The Dutch Oven is a piece of equipment that every vegan kitchen should have. It is an essential tool for any vegan chef. It is used to bake, boil, steam, fry, and even braise. You can make soups, sauces, stews, curries, casseroles and make desserts in it as well.
A Dutch oven is the ultimate appliance for a vegan kitchen. This is because it is multipurpose and it has a very low fat content. There are different styles of Dutch Ovens depending on their use or design. The most popular are the ones that are made of cast iron with two loop handles on opposite sides. They are usually 12 inches deep and about 10 inches wide with three legs to stand them up on an open fire.
There are smaller versions that are designed to fit over a single burner electric stovetop and larger versions that can be used on gas or electric ovens and outdoor grills.
You can get more information on the varieties of dutch ovens in our other post, The Best Dutch Ovens.
The above Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven With Stainless Steel Knob and Loop Handles, 6 Quart, Red is a recommended choice.
4. An Instant Pot
I was skeptical about this instant pot cooker. I thought it would be a fad that would fade away after six months. I was wrong. Now, I’m not saying it will replace your crock-pot or pressure cooker, but for someone with the goal of eating vegan meals, this is an essential piece of equipment.
′Why? Because it can make beans in 15 minutes. It makes lentils in 12 minutes. It’s easy to clean. And if you want to make a vegan chili or soup, and you want to make it fast, this will do the trick and save you time and clean up at the end of the day.
This Instant Pot Duo is our recommended choice.
5. A Spiralizer
A spiralizer is a fun tool that helps create healthy and delicious dishes in a vegan-based kitchen. It is an alternative to the traditional methods of cutting up vegetables such as carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, and squash. Spiralizing is a method of creating long noodles or ribbons from vegetables such as zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and beetroot.
Spirals are created using a spiralizer that comes in a variety of forms which will be discussed later on. The spiralizer can be used to create a variety of dishes ranging from soups to pasta dishes to casseroles to desserts. The spiralizer is very easy to use and can be quite fun. The dish itself may look pretty but it tastes even better than it looks!
Amazon’s Choice OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Tabletop Spiralizer with StrongHold Suction is highly recommended for this type of kitchen tool.
This is a sampling of essential kitchen tools for vegan-based cooking.
Be sure to cross-check this list with your existing tools, and slowly build up your kitchen toolset as you experiment more with plant-based cooking.