You’re wondering: “what do I need to start cooking a plant-based, vegan, diet?”. While it seems like everything is going to be different in the kitchen, the answer is, not much, besides a kitchen with a fridge and a stove. But vegan cooking is a lot more fun if you have a few items.
- A really good knife (or two). A shorter one for small work like peeling and a larger one for chopping or bigger work (like watermelons, for example). Everything works better with sharp knives, so get a simple sharpening steel to keep them ready to use. How to sharpen a knife.
- Chopping boards. Just get a good big one so you have some room to work. We prefer the bamboo ones that you can find at various places (we found ours at IKEA). Wood is best – keep them out of the dishwasher.
- Something to stir fry in, like a wok. Try to find one that doesn’t have a non-stick Teflon surface. A nice one will have instructions for conditioning which will give you a nice, natural non-stick pan.
- Measuring spoons
- A mixing bowl. A variety of sizes really helps. We have both plastic and stainless steel. A big one will be very useful.
Stuff to make it fun
- A blender. This is very close to an essential, we think. The Vitamix (affiliate link for vitamix) is an excellent choice that we endorse and sell through the site. They are a bit pricey, but we went through several blenders before we finally went for the power and durability of the Vitamix. We could have saved a lot of money.
- Spiralizer. This little gadget looks silly, but it really does its thing which is to make noodles from veggies. We love the spiralizer (Amazon affiliate link) and it’s fun to use, too! You can get it a lot of places online, we have an Amazon link on the Shop page.
- Coffee grinder (designated for flax and/or chia seed). Sacrifice, buy your coffee ground, it’s worth it.
- Measuring cups
- Griddle. Think about it: plenty of room on the flat side for pancakes for the family, or spreading out a pile of tofu to grill. Then, on the other side, you can grill up sandwiches, or portobello caps and get those great looking grill marks (and you can do it inside, no grill and fuel tanks etc).
- Crock pot – massive time and mess saver (and money, too)
- Rice cooker – see crock pot. Some even allow steaming veggies over the rice.
What Do You Use Everyday?
Is there some essential piece for vegan cooking that we haven’t thought of? Something you can’t imagine not having? Tell us about it in the comments below.