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What’s in a Vegan’s Kitchen?

The following article was written by Keegan Baur.

Walk into a vegan’s kitchen, and what will you find? Here’s what I’ve got:

1. A vegan cookbook. Especially if you’re new to veganism, a cookbook can give you great ideas. Many vegan cookbooks begin with tips, advice, and helpful hints regarding vegan diets and making the transition. Oftentimes, they’ll even give you the low-down on vegan substitutes and other ingredients. Lately, I’ve been using Isa Chandra Moscowitz’s Veganomicon, but I have my eyes on The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook and Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. In my humble opinion, one can never have too many cookbooks.


2. A well-stocked spice rack. After going vegan, I became more adventurous a la cucina. I opened my mind to the idea of trying a variety of new recipes and types of cuisine. What better way is there to shake things up than with zesty and exotic spicesMy spice rack is a set from McCormick, packed to the gills with 24 bottles. Having so many options makes me feel like a veritable queen of the kitchen.

3. A food processor. Honestly, everyone should have one of these. If you don’t, then go get one. Food processors are great for making spreads, fillings, dips, sauces, and so much more. I’d seriously be lost without my handy-dandy Cuisinart PowerPrep Plus; it’s easy to assemble, easy to use, and easy to clean. Hallelujah!

4. An array of produce tools. Having a good knife set, cutting board, peeler, and grater might seem like a no-brainer, but these items are truly essential. Without a doubt, every vegan should be able to efficiently slice, dice, and peel his or her fruits and veggies. Check it out:

●    Thanks to J.A. Henckels International, I’ve got a great knife set that came at an unbelievable price.

●    As for cutting boards, I love this eco-friendly bamboo cutting board—it has grippy little feet so my board doesn’t slide around while I’m chopping away on it.

●    Finally, I love the funky colors of these peelers as well as the fact that there are three different blades—one serrated, one julienne, and one scalper—which satisfy my every peeling need. So fun!

Since I’ve revealed all my favorite kitchen appliances and gadgets, now it’s your turn: What cooking tools can’t you live without?

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  • Damon says:

    Don’t forget the incredible cookbooks and on-line lessons of renowned international Vegan chef & author Mark Reinfeld – http://veganfusion.com/

  • Brittany says:

    I can’t live without my bullet, it makes salsa and smoothies two things I practically live off of.

  • diesel1769 says:

    I love my knife set (gotta cut up my fav fruits and veggies!) Cutting board, mellon baller, measuring cup, and wok!

  • Spiggycat says:

    I love my Vitamix and my Pressure Cooker.

  • cristina says:

    I couldn’t live without my Vitamixer, I make lots of Yummy veggie and fruit smoothies.

  • Sara says:

    I use a blender more than a food processor, but both do come in handy. Also, The 30 minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld and any Vegan Fusion books are wonderful! I love the Taste of the East! I love my rice cooker too- I’m in love with asian food.

  • Andi says:

    As I sit here, drinking my freshly juiced carrot, chard and apple juice, I would have to say my juicer! Yum!
    I also really love my rice cooker and this really cool little plate that has raised nubbies in a swirl pattern on it that you use for garlic or ginger. Don’t know what it’s called, but love it!

  • Aurora says:

    My mandolin. It makes slicing veggies soooo easy!

  • kathy says:

    I couldn’t live without my blender for making green smoothies, or my single gear (masticating juicer) which doesn’t heat the wheatgrass, sprouts or other produce I juice. I can also use my Blendtec and juicer as food processors. I’d be lost without those.

  • Chan says:

    You’ve forgotten what I would consider the staple of any kitchen. A saute pan and a stock pot. All other pans are handy but those are essential for me. Without them I can cook almost nothing. Maybe a 3Q sauce pan too and a baking sheet. All of mine are orange and definitely not non-stick (because I hate non-stick pans). Orange just matches my kitchen and is happy.

    (You’re right about the Veganomicon. I’m on my 3rd copy. I also love Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry.)

  • Simsy says:

    I cannot live with out my pestle and mortar… its great for making a garlic paste without making it turn into mushy parts.. Also my measure cups and spoon set is great too for when you want ot bake etc

  • Harvester says:

    I live with 13 other vegetarians and our shared meals are vegan. We definitely have all these things in our kitchen! We actually have spices in bulk, which we keep on a long shelf of mason jars. Our food processor is a Hamilton Beach and it has held up really well in the face of 14 people using it. We also have a fantastic KitchenAid blender and a great Korean rice cooker (since rice makes a great staple for vegan entrees). I also recommend a wok, a cast-iron skillet, an electric kettle, a French press for organic coffee, and a box of tea bags for some delicious organic loose-leaf tea. Without these things, our kitchen would come to a grinding halt!

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