Adopting a vegan diet can mean following brand new recipes that you’ve not tried before, and it’s likely that some of these will require kitchen tools that you don’t already have. When we don’t have the right equipment, it can prevent us from trying new things. We might fall into the same cooking habits and never really get to see just how versatile plant-based food can be.
Having a range of tools in your kitchen means that you can prepare your veggies in a whole host of ways you might not otherwise have considered. When it comes to cooking, your creativity and imagination come first, but having the right tools can go a long way in helping – like paintbrushes to an artist. Tools don’t have to be expensive either!
Here are 10 of the kitchen tools every vegan needs:
Starting with one of the most affordable items on the list, a spiralizer is a fun tool that allows you to create fruit and vegetable noodles. Think courgetti spaghetti, zucchini curls and carrot swirls! Spiralizers offer a great way to swap out pasta and rice-based noodles for colorful ribbons of fruit and vegetables.
Some spiralizers come with different size blades, so you can create noodles of different thicknesses. If you want to save money (and space), a handheld spiralizer is your best option, but more advanced options are out there including free-standing spiralizers and even electric ones. Check out this handheld version.
A tofu press removes the liquid from the tofu and firms it up, so you can season and cook it how you like – this is great when you don’t want crumbling tofu.
Before the days of tofu presses, you might have firmed your tofu by placing it between any heavy objects you could find in your kitchen. A tofu press offers a much less awkward solution!
Everyone seems to love avocado. And why not? It’s a great source of protein and it’s super versatile. Put it in salads, on toast, or why not stuff it with beans? But avocado can be messy to prepare, so an avocado cutter is a must-have in the kitchen.
We love this multifunctional tool on Amazon – it splits, pits, cuts and slices too. It can also be used for similar foods like kiwis and dragon fruits.
It’s affordable, lightweight and portable so it won’t take up much room in your kitchen… but you will wonder what you ever did without it!
A dehydrator is a more expensive and sophisticated piece of equipment, but still, one to consider.
They are great for making both sweet and savoury dried snacks, as they lock in the nutritional goodness of the food whilst taking the moisture out.
So, if you’re a fan of things like banana chips, veggie crisps, and dried mushrooms, maybe a dehydrator would be a welcome addition in your vegan kitchen.
Dehydrators are a relatively large piece of equipment, so make sure you have plenty of space to store one. This also means they come with a larger price tag than the tools we have previously looked at, so do your research and find one that suits you.
There are plenty out there, like the NESCO FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, which offers up to 600 watts of drying power.
Washing salad can be time-consuming, and you’re never quite sure whether you’ve cleaned it all properly.
So why not use a salad spinner? Simply place your lettuce (or other veggies) in the spinner, fill with water, and spin! The water drains as the salad is cleaned, leaving you with fresh, ready-to-eat veg.
Food processors are one of the most useful kitchen tools to have, regardless of the type of diet you’re following. As a vegan, a food processor can help you to create rich vegetable sauces and pie fillings or turn raw nuts into nut butter – the possibilities are endless.
Food processors are different from blenders. Processors are used for more labor-intensive jobs, like dough-mixing or chopping vegetables, whilst blenders are typically better for turning foods into creamy, liquid textures.
The best processors, like the KitchenAid KFP0718CU 7-Cup Processor, often come with more advanced settings and attachments.
A good blender will allow you to create healthy vegan breakfast options like fruit smoothies, as well as wholesome, plant-based meals for lunch and dinner like creamy, veggie soups. Blending food is a great way to use leftover ingredients to avoid wastage.
Many people will recommend spending a bit more on a good quality blender. You may have already heard of some of the big brands, like Ninja and Vitamix, who are known for making some of the best high-speed blenders – check out their website to find the best one for you.
A pasta machine
Being vegan doesn’t mean missing out on great pasta. Lots of traditional pasta contains egg, so why not make your own dairy-free version at home? Making fresh pasta is fun and rewarding!
A pasta machine will allow you to make almost any type of pasta, from fettucine to lasagne sheets.
We love the Imperia Italian Double Cutter Pasta Machine. This is a very popular chromed steel model that clamps onto your work surface, so you can feed the dough through the rollers easily with your hands. It is easy to use and clean and allows you to create 6 different thicknesses of pasta.
Electric grill pan
If you like the rustic taste of grilled veggies or perfect vegan pancakes, consider an electric grill pan.
Indoor electric grilling is a safer, healthier alternative to barbecuing food outside with smoke, but tastes just as great!
Try brushing your veggies with a little bit of olive oil for that delicious chargrilled effect. Choose a non-stick pan for easier cleaning. Take a look at the George Foreman 25820 Large Fit Grill, which heats up in just 6 minutes!
Finally, no vegan kitchen is complete without a selection of large bowls, for both mixing, presenting and serving food.
This Le Creuset Multi Bowl is hard-wearing and safe for use in the freezer, stove, and dishwasher. Not to mention it makes an attractive addition to your kitchen!
We also like these Gorilla Grip Original Mixing Bowls. Available in a range of trendy colours, these bowls are slip-resistant, meaning they will sit firmly on your countertops without moving during heavy mixing. The wide lip also makes pouring thick and think ingredients super easy, avoiding spills.
These are just 10 of the innovative kitchen tools that exist to help you up your vegan cooking game. Some are small and handheld whilst others are more expensive and sophisticated – they all serve a different purpose.
Try out some new tools today and see what you can create…Last updated on: