Essential Tools and Tips for the Vegan Kitchen
If you’ve decided to go vegan or just want to improve your health by eating more vegetables and healthier foods you need the proper kitchen tools and tips to help you prepare delicious and healthy meals and snacks. For starters, you’ll want to buy higher-quality items. They may cost more up front, but you won’t have to replace them for years. From spoons to blenders, discover the perfect tools for your kitchen.
First things: You need a blender. The Vitamix blender is a miracle worker. You can use it to do everything from making your morning smoothies to delicious blueberry smoothies for anytime of the day or use it to creating cashew cheese. If you’ve got a tough job in the kitchen, chances are this thing can handle it.
If you decide to go vegan, you’re going to be dicing and chopping plenty of vegetables. So, you need one sturdy and sharp knife to do the job. A great knife can save you time. Just be careful when you’re handling it. I have found that using a high quality sharp knife is well worth the extra cost – less chance of cutting yourself or causing injury and cutting up food is a breeze.
To go with your high-quality knife, you need a peeler to help you get the job done. The Low Fat Vegan Chef recommends the Chef’n Palm Peeler because it doesn’t slip. She also suggests using a speed peeler because it glides over the vegetables with ease and doesn’t get stuck. Don’t forget to wash and dry these so they don’t rust.
Measured Water Dispenser
One of the most time-consuming and downright annoying tasks when it comes to cooking is having to measure each and every little thing. You have to pull out what you need, use it and then clean it after you’re done, making cooking take more time than it should. But that’s where a modern water dispenser comes into play. Today’s fridges measure the water in ounces, cups and liters and filter the water at the same time to help make vegan cooking even easier.
The site Veganbaking.net recommends two four-quart bowls — one for dry and the other for soft goods. It also suggests two smaller two-quart bowls for smaller baking projects like fillings. The site recommends stainless steel because the material is less likely to break when compared to glass or ceramics.
If you purchase one high-quality set of stainless steel measuring spoons, they should last for a very long time. Plastic ones tend to wear down over time, can melt or even leave toxins in your food.
Buy two sets of measuring cups: one for dry and one for liquid. This may seem like more hassle than it’s worth, but it will save you plenty of time. If you measure out a liquid and then need to measure out a dry good, like flour, you’ll have to wash and rinse it out, which wastes time.
High-Quality Oven Mitts
One thing’s for sure: You don’t want to burn yourself. If you spend money on one high-quality set, you’ll be able to take items out of the oven without worrying about hurting yourself.
Make 2016 a healthier year for you and your family. Make sure you are getting the tastiest and nutritious foods as possible. Eat organic and local harvest whether it is vegan diet or not – make sure you find the healthiest way for your body and lifestyle and use the best kitchen tools (that don’t contain toxic chemicals) that your budget allows!