Whether you are just dabbling with veganism or are a confirmed advocate for the vegan lifestyle, living becomes much easier with a comfortable, well-equipped kitchen. Gathering items for your food preparation space may take place over a long period of time and can be quite economical if one is in no hurry. Discount stores such as Ross and Marshall’s have been the source for some of my favorites kitchen gadgets.
Some preliminary essentials include:
- Storage containers for bulk items
- Good sharp knives
- Garlic press
- Grater for ginger and spices
- Cutting boards
- Vegetable peeler
- Wooden or bamboo spoons
I use my large wok frequently and love it, although it was a very economical purchase from Ikea. It has proven to be durable and functional. There is a large variety of cookware types – find out what works for you. I have added a few choice pieces by browsing at the discount stores as mentioned above. I like to cook in bulk at times, so a large pot is a necessity for me. And I like using small bowls for preparation of spices and small quantities of items for cooking so there is no mad dash as things begin simmering.
One of my favorite kitchen utensils is my blender. This was a bit of a splurge for me, but after a malfunction with may last one, it has proven to be worth every penny. It is useful for preparing salad dressings, sauces, and baking mixtures; it is wonderful for smoothies. I particularly appreciate that the heavy plastic container which mounts on the motor is all in one piece – no worry about leaks from an untight ring.
You will also need some measuring tools. A liquid measure (glass or plastic) which measures up to 4 cups is best. A set of measuring cups and a set of measuring spoons (I like to keep two ready when I am really cooking up a storm) would be a good to have on hand. I recently purchased some inexpensive magnetic soft plastic spoons – they are the bomb! They click right in place so you do not have to go searching all over the drawer to find the size you need.
Most of the aforementioned items are probably already in your kitchen. If you are moving towards a whole foods plant diet, it is very helpful to have the tools on hand that will make cooking and storing staples enjoyable. Plan to update with high quality kitchen tools as time goes on. To have an easy time as a vegan, start with an easy vegan kitchen!