Although I would love to be able to say that vegans don’t need anything to cook, that would be lying. Most of us would be lost without a few special tools. While searching online, I found articles writing tips on cooking, and these items came up as the things that the chefs recommend vegans acquire to make things easier in the kitchen.
1. Wooden cooking utensils for coated pans
It is important that your cooking utensils be coated, plastic or wood, but the best ones are made of wood. This prevents scraping and damage to your pots and pans, especially non-stick pans.
2. The Vitamix
Yes, the blender our beloved The Flaming Vegan website is advertising is an excellent tool that some vegans swear by and would not be able to live without. It makes fantastic juice – so this may even save you the need to buy a juicer, and apparently even makes raw vegetables into soup in only three minutes because the motor heats but doesn’t burn out.
3. Solid pots and pans
They are tougher to clean, but since they are well balanced for the heat, your food is cooked more evenly. Furthermore, they can be used in the oven, reducing the number of dishes to clean afterwards and the space you need to store your cookware.
4. Food processor
The more buttons, the better. This is one item that saves a lot of time and if you have one of the higher quality ones, you can manage more types of food. Just remember that the size doesn’t really count – it’s the amount of gadgets included. Plus, by saving time chopping and slicing and dicing and grating, you’ll be more tempted to eat healthier.
5. Pastry whisk and biscuit cutter
This is the economical solution to making biscuits, cake and scones all the while ensuring you get the best results. As it is, if you over-mix a batter, the result isn’t as fluffy or moist as most would like it. So, try this instead and see how mixing with elbow grease can save you both money and make your pastry better.
6. Fine grater
This tool can help you prepare fresh ingredients such as lemon zest, ginger, nutmeg and garlic to add to your cooking. It helps bring out the flavour of the ingredients because they are cut finer this way than with a normal knife.
7. Miniature whisk
This tool is great for sauces and salad dressings. You’ll never buy dressing again.
8. A top-quality chef’s knife
The best knives are what you need to slice, dice and chop faster and more accurately. You don’t necessarily need the entire chef’s ensemble, but having at least a large knife, a paring knife and a good bread knife as a minimum is a good idea.
9- Knife sharpener – preferably electric
If you want to keep your blades working their best, make sure you have a sharpener and sharpen them regularly. Look at how the blade looks when you buy the blade and as soon as it starts to dull, sharpen it. It’s worth it.
10- Hand-held immersion blender
This is great when you want to either prepare just one small smoothie or recipe, or when you need to puree something after cooking it, then cook it some more. It saves the trouble of transferring from one spot to another, and saves on dishes and on space.
11- Mortar and pestle
This is great for anyone using whole and fresh spices and herbs, or for making pesto or mashing garlic and ginger.
12- Slow cooker
Yes, it gets put down for being the ‘lazy cook’s tool’, but the stews and soups that come out of that baby are fantastic. If comfort food is what you crave, this is your ‘must-have’ tool.
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