One of the easiest ways to adopt a healthy lifestyle is to start cooking for yourself, but doing so can be challenging for those who don’t have the proper kitchen tools. But as a vegan, what tools do you need? We’ve answered this question by highlighting 10 of our vegan kitchen must-haves to help you assemble healthy meals in a matter of minutes. With the addition of these gadgets, we’re confident that you’ll become a master chef in no time.
Vegetable juices can be the most nutritious component to a healthy vegan diet, which is why a device such as the Omega Juice Cube is essential. This compact juicer chews through plant fibers with a convenient storage cavity, providing a way to get your digestive enzymes with an abundance of vitamins and minerals. Plus, the Juice Cube operates at low speeds of 80 RPMs, meaning there’s no foaming, no clogging and no heat build-up. Beyond fruit and vegetables, this multi-purpose kitchen tool can also make nut butters, nut milk, soy milk, and baby food and grind coffee beans and herbs.
2. Chopper and adjustable slicer
Instead of spending hours making sure every cut is equal, tools such as the All-in-1 Vegetable Slicer make it easy and efficient for home cooks to dice vegetables and fruit. The product allows users to create uniform slices thanks to settings for julienne, chop, dice, cut, and grate. The efficiency and usefulness of this product is especially convenient for someone who cooks primarily with vegetables, as this tool allows users to slice fast and safe with an easy cleanup.
3. Tofu Press
Made for the vegan foodie, the TofuXpress transforms tofu into a firm texture by removing liquid from the tofu. After the water is removed, simply marinate your tofu to your liking and enjoy! Even better? The TofuXpress can also be used to press vegetables and make vegan cheeses, yogurt cheese, and Greek-style yogurt.
Transform healthy starches, vegetables, and fruit into noodle options in seconds with The Inspiralizer. This easy-to-use gadget has four different noodle shape options (ribbon, fettuccine, linguine, and spaghetti) to achieve your desired texture, consistency, and taste. For recipe inspiration, Inspiralized.com shares recipes organized by vegetable for easy access.
5. Avocado cutter
Avocados are a delicious source of protein in many vegan kitchens. Thankfully, the Flexicado tool is equipped to cut, pit, slice, and scoop the green fruit safely and quickly. Perfect when preparing guacamole, making avocado toast, or when adding avocado to salads, this tool eliminates the need for knives and keeps your hands clean.
6. Food processor
When preparing plant- and wheat-based meals, it’s necessary to have a tool that makes chopping vegetables and preparing dough easier. This is where the 11 Cup Performance Dicing Food Processor comes in, as the product is ideal for those who want to take raw almonds and turn them into almond butter or for those lazy folks who don’t want to spend their afternoons chopping vegetables. Within minutes, users can enjoy items such as nut butter, hummus, pesto, brownies, and ice cream, and who doesn’t love that?
7. Knife set
When preparing food at home, one of the most vital tools in your kitchen is a good set of knives. The Ronco Six Star+ 30-Piece Cutlery Set with Knife Block offers a comprehensive array of kitchen knives for slicing vegetables, trimming herbs, and using the chef’s knives for those tougher tasks such as cutting butternut squash and melons. Among the knives included in the set are the Ronco Rocker, designed with a curved blade to make slicing and dicing easier, and the Six-Star Showtime, with a raised handle to prevent your hand from hitting the cutting board.
8. Frozen herb keeper and mill
The Herbcicle Plus, a frozen herb keeper and mill, extends the life of fresh herbs while cutting back on waste by serving as something of a spice rack for your freezer. As well as storing fresh herbs for a later date, the device also has a built-in grinder, making it an all-in-one seasoning tool that can be used to season any dish.
9. Sous vide
Sous vide—a popular trend closely associated with modernist cooking techniques–uses precise temperature control so vegetables retain their nutrients and use less fat without sacrificing flavor. Using a device such as the Sansaire Sous Vide eliminates anxiety about cooking time as foods won’t overcook–simply set your machine before heading out for work or school that day, and come home to a nutritious, vegan tempeh dish that’s ready as soon as you walk through the door. Plus, you can make whole meals with the Sansaire with no cookware to clean afterwards.
10. Cookware set
The 12-Piece Gourmet Tri-Ply Cookware Set with Stainless Steel Lids allows cooks to steam vegetables and make homemade sauces and crispy tofu with ease. In addition to evenly distributing heat when cooking, these stainless steel lids lock in the moisture when preparing steamed dishes. Furthermore, each piece in this set provides options for preparing an array of foods such as stir-fries, veggie burgers, and grains.
Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers food, relationships, and sports.
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