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Every Vegan's Tools

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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  1. Akanksha
    I seem to have a few of these except a whisker and a knife you might like my latest post about free radical damage.
  2. Carolyn
    Vote #3! Again, you are so creative with your subject matter! I do not have a food processor or Vitamix....but maybe soon!
  3. pftsusan
    #4. I don't know where I would be without my blender.
  4. Anita Vegana
    I adore my immersion blender since I need a quick, tasty fruit smoothie fix every morning. Without that, I feel like I have no energy. I make guacamole and hummus using it...... And soups are just a wonder with that, too. The knife sharpening can't be praised enough, either. I voted.
  5. Veganara
    Voted. A very good informative blog, as usual! I am tempted to get a Vitamix, as I have a very crappy blender at present, which is almost more trouble than it is worth to use! I know you said you don't like onions, but would you consider voting for my onion soup recipe, to support me? Thanks! :-)
    1. SnakeWitch
      Already did! Keep writing, Maggie!
  6. Roopam
    That makes for a great kitchen...I appreciate the effort and information you put into all your posts...I need the biscuit cutter...voted!
  7. Vegan Darling
    Great tips! My favorite tool in my kitchen is my microplane, it's the best!


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