6 Essential Vegan Kitchen Tools
You Must Have in 2018
Being the fact that we love food more than anything else in life, the kitchen has become our favorite room in any house we rent.
Naturally, this means we’ve become quite picky about the tools we use.Not to mention, Adam has been passionate about cooking since he was a kid and one of his favorite hobbies is cooking up some amazing vegan food in the kitchen.
Read on to find out which vegan kitchen tools are our favorite, the ones we travel the world with, and the kitchen gadgets we can’t wait to get our hands on.
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Sturdy Kitchen Knife - The Most Important Vegan Kitchen Tool
That being said, you don’t have to buy a complete knife set unless you actually know what you're doing, and for most people, a sturdy chef’s knife will do the trick.
A chef's knife is usually the largest knife in a set and it's a versatile knife that’s good for slicing, dicing, and chopping.
We have been using this 8-inch stainless steel chef's knife lately since it has exceeded our expectations for the price and because it is easy to pack and bring with us whenever we travel.
It might sound silly but it's really worth it. All of the AirBnBs we've ever stayed at all have one thing in common, they lack a good knife to cook with.
Food Processor - A Versatile Gadget for the Vegan Kitchen
A food processor might be one of the most useful kitchen tools for vegan cooking. The sheer versatility of a good food processor is what makes it so popular and we love how easy it can make otherwise tedious tasks.
Use a food processor to blend together the ingredients for an epic vegan burger, get the perfect texture of your next pesto, or use it to puree some frozen berries for a healthy and refreshing smoothie bowl for breakfast.
We love this powerful food processor because it comes with a built-in scraper which means you don't have to stop and remove the lid to scrape down the sides of the bowl which is a big time saver.
Air Fryer - Cook Using Less Oil
Air fryers are our latest obsession and it has revolutionized the way we cook. It’s a practical kitchen tool for vegans and can be used to fry and deep-fry pretty much anything without the need for oil or at least very little oil.
We recently bought one ourselves and have already tried several amazing vegan air fryer recipes and cooked a bunch of dishes we would have never done before.
In addition to making super crispy no-oil french fries and potato wedges, the air fryer can be used to make vegan cauliflower wings, fried tempeh, and so much more.
Not only is it practical and nearly oil-free, but it’s also quick - french fries that would take at least 40 minutes in a regular oven are now done in less than 15!
Vitamix Blender - The King of Vegan Blenders
Blenders are great for all kinds of reasons, but we especially like that blenders keep the fiber of fruits and veggies intact which unfortunately is not the case with juicing.
In fact, we consider a blender to be such a vegan kitchen essential that we have been traveling with one for the past few months making green smoothies, smoothie bowls, pesto, and other plant-based delights on the road.
The problem with many of the blenders that we've used so far is that they get overheated easily and start to smell like burning plastic when we use them.
This is especially true when mixing frozen bananas or harder vegetables like carrots for a smoothie.
The Vitamix, on the other hand, is the Rolls Royce of blenders and it will be the first thing we invest in as soon as we decide to settle down. A good friend of ours has one so we’ve had the pleasure of using it on multiple occasions.
Trust us, nothing is too tough for the Vitamix and you can blend anything from carrots and ice in a matter of seconds.
Although the Vitamix is expensive, we think it's an investment that will pay for itself and will last for years to come. And as we mentioned, other blenders have a much shorter lifespan and can't handle nearly as much as a Vitamix.
Dutch Oven - An Essential Staple For the Vegan Kitchen
If you haven’t cooked in a dutch oven and tasted the characteristic aroma they produce, you’ve been missing out. This classic iron cast pot is the perfect tool to use for lentil soups, vegan chilies, slow cooking stew, and any other dishes you want to cook to perfection.
The best part is that it can easily be used in an oven as well and can be used for lasagnas, vegan eggplant parm, and much more.
Adam inherited a dutch oven from his great-grandfather, and it has been one of his most priced vegan kitchen tools ever since.
Tofu Press - For Effortless Cooking
In Europe, a lot of the tofu that's sold is pressed and often stored semi-dry which makes it easier to cook with, but in the US, the tofu is usually sold wet and it's a problem.
Just trying to dry it off using a cotton cloth or paper towels isn't enough and, in the end, you tend to have to dry it in a pan on low heat before you can start cooking. However, there is an easy solution to this problem.
We got ourselves a tofu press not too long ago and it has made the cooking time shorter than ever before, which is a huge advantage for two people that eat tofu almost daily.
All you have to do is rinse the tofu and place it in the press a short while before you start cooking and you will literally cut the cooking time in half.
Not only is it faster, but because you remove all of the excess water with the press, the tofu cooks much better and gets crispy all the way through. We now consider this tofu press a vegan kitchen essential that has made things so much easier.
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