Transitioning to a whole foods, plant-based diet can seem overwhelming. Not only can new foods seem foreign, but also the methods and tools used to prepare them.
Through trial and error I have been able to narrow down my favorite kitchen tools down to 5. Of course, there are always things like juicers, dehydrators, standing mixers, bread makers, etc, but I find those items to be less important.
These are "small" appliances I love.
Top 5 kitchen Tools I use. I wouldn't want to cook without them. I have listed them in their order of importance to me.
favorite waffles (made from nuts, seeds, oats, etc, that all require high-powered blending) and some pear syrup. For lunch I eat either a soup (base made in the blender!) or a salad with salad dressing made in the blender. Then I might make my kids some macaroni and "cheese" (cheese sauce made in blender) or a cream from Strawberries and Cream. For dinner a lot of sauces for the main entree require a blender. I have over 2,000 uses on my blender; it keeps track of the number of uses for you. At $400 (I last saw Blendtecs at Costco, including a second, larger jar, for $379.) divided by 2,000 uses, each use cost me about 2 pennies. That cost will continue to go down over the years as I continue to use it.
2.) A good, large, food processor. I have heard Cuisinart brand is the "King" of food processors. I tried the Kitchenaid brand, and was sorely disappointed. Broke the second or third day and it was a bear to clean. Right now the 11 cup food processor is on sale at Costco for $150. I own the 12 cup, but they also have a 14 cup for larger families or bulk cooking. It took me 6 months into whole foods to get myself to buy one. How I wish I had done it sooner. I chop SO. MANY. VEGETABLES! Hummus, Banana Ice Cream, Italian Pizza Cheese, Vegetable Soup, all of these recipes are easier to make with a food processor.
All of this may seem overwhelming. Each item, except for the rice cooker, is not cheap. I did not buy all of these tools at once. It actually took me over a period of two years to purchase. I bought my Blendtec blender about a year before I transitioned to plant-based eating. However, all of these tools have made my life so much easier. They make it practical for me to take on this pattern of eating as a way of life, for the rest of my life.
Feel free to send me an email, or leave a comment if you have any questions about any of these tools. I would love to hear from you.