Are you a vegan who loves to cook? Do you consider your kitchen your personal sanctuary? Is the kitchen the hot spot of your home, the place where everyone comes together? If so, you’re in luck! But if that’s the case, you also need a well-equipped kitchen that can handle whatever comes your way, food-wise! There is so much harmony in having everything you need for your next delicious meal at arm’s length; knowing that you have everything there, ready to come together and create delicious dishes that you and your loved ones will enjoy. So, here are 10 essential kitchen utensils that every vegan needs to have in their kitchen!
10. A good chef’s knife
Okay, so to be honest, this is something everyone should have in their kitchen, vegan or not! If there is one thing on this list that you simply must have, this is it! A good quality and sharp chef’s knife makes everything easier for you in the kitchen. If you are afraid of handling such an item, all I can say is practice, practice, practice. Eventually it will end up feeling like an extension of your arm!
9. soy milk maker
I love soy milk. I prefer mine to be plain, not sweet, just because I love the taste of soy. But, if you don’t, then feel free to mix it up to your liking. One thing is for sure, I simply cannot live without my soy milk maker. Make sure you get one with stainless steel on the inside, the plastic tends to influence the taste of the milk.
Steaming vegetables in a bamboo steamer is almost a religious experience for me. I just love them! If you can’t find these puppies, even though some Asian stores will carry them, I recommend you try the stainless steel ones that can be inserted into large pans. Skip the silicone ones, they start to smell after a while.
7. Carbon steel wok
I found my wok at a thrift store and I have to say I’ve fallen in love with it. I made sure to season it well and now everything I stir it in just tastes delicious. Season it over high heat, with a little vegetable oil. Here is an article that explains better how to stir your wok. Make sure it’s carbon steel and not nonstick, it makes a big difference.
6. Cast iron pan
A sturdy cast iron pan that you can leave as a legacy is something that no kitchen should be without. Make sure you don’t use strong detergents or scrubs on it, and develop a spice that makes it nonstick. Also, things that are fried in a cast iron pan simply taste better than those cooked in a classic pan. And it will last your life, make no doubt about it!
5. Cutting boards
When I became vegan, I threw away all my cutting boards that I had used for meats and I suggest you do the same. After all, you’re starting over, why not get new cutting boards? I highly recommend wood, especially bamboo. They are durable and quite cheap! Glass or plastic will fly your knives. Right now, I have a bamboo one from IKEA and I have to say I’m happy with it. Oil it from time to time to avoid cracking and you’re golden!
4. Salad spinner
Vegans sure love their salads! That’s why a salad spinner is simply vital in the vegan kitchen. Soggy greens on your plate are a cook’s nightmare, especially because the dressing a tendency not to stick well to soggy greens which contributes to the so-called syndrome sad salads. So, do yourself and your future salads a favor and invest in a salad spinner!
3. Press tofu
Have milk, will make tofu! I have never understood why there is so much hate towards tofu in the vegan and also non-vegan world. In my opinion, there is no better vegan food to absorb delicious flavors than tofu! Sure, it’s bland, but it has so much potential. Not to mention it’s full of protein! So, get yourself a tofu press and start experimenting with it until you make your perfect tofu!
2. Yogurt maker
The one thing I really missed after going vegan was yogurt. It took me a while to realize that there is such a thing as vegan yogurt. And when I discovered it, I ate buckets of it! Now I have a yogurt maker that helps me support this delicious habit. There are many makers out there, for every pocket. Make your milk, add the cultures, let it sit in the warm environment of the maker for 12-24 hours and you’ve got yourself a delicious, vegan yogurt.
1. high powered blender
A good, high-powered blender can make a silky smooth veggie soup in a matter of seconds, leaving no chunks behind. Not to mention all those delicious smoothies you were planning to have in the morning. I personally recommend either a Vitamix or a Blendtec, whichever you have access to. Both are expensive, but definitely worth it.
Cristina is a contributing writer on BookCulinaryVacations.com. She is a vegan who loves not only eating delicious food, but also cooking! She is also a passionate traveler, cat lover, and novice writer.