These 11 Handy Products Are Ideal for Setting Up Your Vegan Kitchen
Get cooking delicious vegan recipes in the kitchen with these handy tools and appliances.
Picture the scene: you’ve just found the perfect vegan recipe. It sounds delicious, you have all the ingredients—it ticks all the boxes. But there’s one catch, it’s a little complicated to make. When it comes to tricky recipes, having the right gadgets and equipment on hand can make your time cooking in the kitchen a lot easier, and more fun and relaxing, too. Because cooking should be enjoyable, after all. That’s why we’ve gathered these 11 useful products to have on hand so you’re ready and prepared for the next time you’ve found a great recipe and can’t wait to get chopping, mixing, and cooking. Bon appétit!
Set up your vegan kitchen with these 11 handy products
1 Vitamix Immersion Blender
Vitamix is popular with people who love plant-based cooking for good reason. Its range of high-powered innovative blenders is ideal for whipping up creamy whole food-based sauces, soups, and nice creams (that’s ice cream, but made with bananas!). You can purchase one of the brand’s countertop blenders, but this immersion blender is a little cheaper than the other options, and still incredibly effective at blending up delicious smoothies, shakes, and more.
2 Cosori Pro II Air Fryer
If you’re yet to discover the wonders of an air fryer, you have a big treat in store. You can cook most things in these handy countertop appliances, including vegan meats, fries, and your favorite veggies. And it’s far healthier than deep-frying. In fact, according to Cosori, air-frying results in 85-percent less fat than traditional deep-fried foods. But the taste is still just as delicious, if not even more so.
3 Le Creuset Oval Casserole Dish
When you think of kitchen royalty, it’s likely Le Creuset comes to mind. Its cookware is expensive, but it’s also high-quality and long-lasting, which makes it a good choice for a kitchen investment. This oval casserole dish is sleek, stylish, and ideal for vegan roasts, stews, casseroles (of course), baked pasta, and more.
4 Airscape Glass Canisters
Keep food fresh for longer with reusable containers, like these glass canisters from Airscape. This particular container, complete with a stylish and sustainable bamboo lid, is designed to keep your coffee beans fresh for longer, but the brand has plenty of storage options to choose from, including food containers, which are ideal for keeping your pantry or cupboard organized and easy to access.
5 Hamilton Beach Rice/Hot Cereal Cooker
Using a rice cooker automatically makes cooking less stressful, because it means there are fewer things that you have to pay attention to (like stopping the rice from boiling over). All you need to do is add rice, water, and press go, and this handy appliance will do all the work for you. It will even keep it warm until serving time when it’s finished cooking. But rice cookers aren’t just for rice, you can also use them to cook grains, soups, vegetables, oatmeal, and more.
6 KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Another popular name in the plant-based cooking world is KitchenAid. And that’s because the brand is known for its commitment to quality, durability, and efficiency. The initial expense may be high, but ultimately, you’re paying for an appliance that will stick with you through many cooking and baking successes. In bright fuschia, this particular mixer comes with two stainless steel bowls, a Flex Edge Beater, a Pastry Beater, a silver dough hook, and more.
Sur La Table
7 Sur La Table Measuring Cups & Spoons
When following a tricky recipe, it’s important to get the measurements right. There’s nothing more frustrating than spending ages cooking or baking, only to find that it doesn’t taste quite right because there wasn’t enough of a certain spice. But by investing in a great set of measuring cups and spoons, like this stainless steel option by Sur La Table, you can make sure you hit the mark every time.
8 Chicago Cutlery Knife Block Set
Lots of vegan recipes involve slicing and dicing vegetables, and that’s a whole lot easier (and much more satisfying) when you have a great set of knives on hand. You can also invest in a knife sharpener, so you get that rewarding feeling of a great clean slice every time you cook.
9 Made-in Stainless Clad Frying Pan
When you’re choosing a new frying pan, a stainless steel option is a great investment. They tend to be more durable, efficient, and long-lasting, too. They are also incredibly effective at distributing heat evenly, resulting in better-tasting food.
10 John Boos Wood Chopping Block
You’ve got your perfect knife set, and now you need something sturdy and durable to chop all your favorite vegetables on. Enter: this sustainably-sourced, hard maple wood, solid chopping block from John Boos. Just remember to wipe it down after each use, to avoid germs festering away on the surface.
Cole & Mason
11 Cole & Mason 16-Jar Herb & Spice Carousel
The key to great flavor, when you’re cooking, has to be herbs and spices. Without it, you’ll have a boring, unseasoned dish, and nobody wants that. But having to rummage through doors and cupboards to find what you’re after is annoying and time-consuming. So to make things easier mid-recipe, invest in a spice and herb carousel, like this one from Cole & Mason, so you can always find the right ingredient quickly.