Not everyone is a fan of cooking. Even those that are, have trouble finding time. Thank goodness, there are so many awesome kitchen gadgets that can make things so much easier. Here are 10 kitchen tools that every plant based cook should have. They will help you make delicious meals and it won’t even feel like work.
1. Rice Cooker
Rice cookers are a great way to take some of the fuss out of cooking grains. They can be used to cook various types of rice. In addition, rice cookers are great for preparing quinoa, lentils rolled oats and some great one dish meals. Some of them even have a steamer function. This Zojirushi rice cooker is easy to use and makes perfect rice every time.
Vegan diets are generally heavy in vegetables. A stir fry is a great way to prepare them, even for the novice chef. Woks are also great for making fried rice. Look for Hard anodized woks that sturdy and super easy to clean.
3. Salad Spinner
Salads are probably the easier way to get in a few servings of vegetables. Salad spinners help dry leafy greens after they have been washed. This is the best way to eliminate soggy salads.
A good blender is essential for any smoothie lover. However, blenders can make a lot more than smoothies nowadays. A good quality high speed blender can also act as a food processor and mixer. Brands such a Vitamix make blenders than can chop, puree, blend, dice, knead dough, make ice-cream and even heat soup. The possibilities are endless and make them well worth the price.
Juices are a great way to get a nutrient boost on the go. Making them at home is easy and much cheaper than buying them at a juice bar. Even if you aren’t a fan of drinking juice, juicers are great for recipes that require juice. This Breville juicer is easy to use and clean. Another perk of DIY juicing is being able to save the pulp for recipes or compost.
6. Good Knives
Dull or poor quality knives can make it very difficult to cook a proper meal. It is important t have knives are sharp and comfortable to hold. Good quality knives will hold up heavy use and can be sharpened to extend their life. They are a must have for any kitchen and especially important for recipes that requires lots of cutting, chopping, mincing, slicing or dicing.
7. Food Processor
Hummus, sauces, and even vegan cheese can be made in a food processor. They can also be used to save time when chopping or dicing. You can find food processors in a variety of sizes, depending on your needs.
8. Slow Cooker
The best way to save money on a plant based diet is to cook from scratch. Unfortunately, foods such as beans can take hours to cook. A slow cooker will take the work out of cooking and allow you to set it and forget it. You can put a meal on in the morning and have it finished when you come back from work. slow cookers are wonderful for soups, stocks, stews, and beans.
9. Tofu Press
As most people know, tofu is packed in water. Some recipes require this excess water to be removed. Tofu presses are great for situations when just patting it dry isn’t enough. Firm tofu that has been pressed is great when baked or fried. It’s is also a great options for anyone that doesn’t like the flan-like texture of soft tofu.
10. Dutch Oven
A dutch oven is essentially a very study stock pot. It is useful for making soups and stews. The thing that makes them unique is that they can usually be used on the stove and in the oven. Some of them can even be used to cook over a camp fire.