If you’re looking for vegan kitchen gifts for a friend’s housewarming or birthday, these would also make good presents! Then, I’ve added some additional optional vegan kitchen items you can add to your kitchen if you want, or if you cook a lot of a particular dish (for example, a tofu press if you eat a lot of tofu).
Choose from the menu below to see the vegan kitchen essentials and ‘nice to have’ items. Make sure your kitchen is well stocked with vegan appliances, and to save yourself time and space, prioritize buying the ones you’ll use most.
The Best professional option: In terms of vegan kitchen appliance essentials, a food processor is right up there with a blender. I use my food processor several times a week, to whip up batches of hummus, vegan pesto, cashew cheese and other sauces.
Full-size food processors can also save you a lot of chopping, slicing and grating time with their various attachments to chop/slice/grate your veggies. I put together an entire guide to buying a food processor, which you can find here.
Budget option: A mini food processor, with a capacity of 3 cups, is perfect for making small to medium-sized batches of hummus, pesto and sauces. Inexpensive and easy to use, a coffee grinder will allow you to save many hours or your time making vegan cheese.
And if you love making curries, then nothing beats freshly ground spices. I highly recommend stainless steel pots because that way you don’t have to try and work out which, if any, nonstick coatings are safe.
I once lived with very disgusting housemates who would constantly use my nonstick pots and pans, scrape them with metal spatulas (big no-no) and completely ruined the coating. I discovered it one day when I made a big pot of rice and served the rice only to discover it was covered in pepper…except I hadn’t used pepper…and the pepper was bits of non-stick coating (so gross, and potentially bad for you).
Rather than mess around trying to work out if you can find a green/safe/long-lasting nonstick coating, just buy stainless steel. Budget to Mid-range : I suggest buying just a couple of stainless steel pots in different sizes.
For this reason I consider a wok an essential piece of vegan kitchen equipment. Carbon steel is the traditional wok material of choices–and it’s lightweight, naturally nonstick and inexpensive.
Although some people think they’re just for meat, I’ve found mine is perfect for vegan cooking. Even better, it’s oven-safe, so I’ll often start a meal on the stove in my cast iron frying pan and transfer it to the oven (like this vegan zucchini/courgette gratin).
Lodge cast iron products are incredibly durable and last generations. The best kitchen tools for vegans are often some of the simplest: a good knife, a chopping board and wooden spoons.
Wooden spoons are the most versatile and used of all the needed vegan utensils in my kitchen. In terms of vegan cooking supplies, you can't get much more basic for a vegetable-centric diet than a vegetable scrubber and/or peeler.
I recommend a stainless steel vegetable peeler like this because they are sturdier and longer-lasting than plastic ones. A vegetable scrubber is optional but is very useful if you buy potatoes or other root veggies from the farmer's market that are covered in dirt and could use a good scrub.
I recommend metal measuring spoons (not plastic) for durability and ease of cleaning. I recommend a Pyrex mixing bowl, which will won't crack if you add hot ingredients.
There are plenty of other single-use vegan cooking accessories (like cherry hitters) but I'm not a fan of single-use kitchen implements. A crackpot/slow cooker can make your life much easier, particularly if you work long hours and would like to come home to a hot meal.
Stick the ingredients in before you leave for work, and come home to a hot stew vegan curry. I love using mine overnight while I sleep to make caramelized onions or cooked beans.
Click here to check the latest prices. Instant pots can make your cooking much easier. If you listen to the love for them all over the internet (where they have quite a cult following), you know they can cook dried beans in minutes (but safer than a traditional stove top pressure cooker), they can make yogurt, sterilize bottles, sauté, act as a slow cooker and cook rice.
If you want a machine that will simplify your cooking in many ways (and you have the space for it), the instant pot might be your new kitchen best friend. My dad loves his, particularly for cooking dried beans quickly (no more forgetting to soak them overnight).
I think the Cuisinart ICE range (which I have) offers the perfect balance of value and performance and after many hours of research, is what I opted for. Click here to check the latest prices. Air fryers are useful if you like a lot of fried foods, but want to make them in a healthier way.
They became immensely popular a few years ago, and while I don't own one, I know many vegans who adore theirs and making crispy, 'fried' style treats with much less oil. A stand mixer will come in handy if you do a lot of baking, or if you plan to whip up fluffy vegan aquanaut meringues.
However, if you are into baking, and have the kitchen space, it's a worthy investment and Kitchen aid mixers are the go-to appliance and will last many years. If you eat a lot of courgette noodles, or are a raw vegan, a spiralizer comes in handy.
I don't eat many courgette noodles, but I often use the spiralizer to twist some carrot spirals on top of salads. Imperial is an Italian company that makes very long-lasting, sturdy metal manual models (I have this one).
If you have a Kitchen aid stand mixer, you can also get a pasta maker attachment. Click here to check the latest prices. Tofu presses make cooking tofu to perfection much easier.
Thanks to its impact on overall health, animal welfare and the environment at large, celebrities from singer Miley Cyrus to director James Cameron have gone vegan along with a slew of athletes, most of whom claim it's improved their performance. So, having a spice grinder can come in handy whether you're creating homemade veggie burgers, adding extra flavor to a plant-based roast or making a stir-fry dish.
Whether you plan on chopping fresh fruits and vegetables every day or simply need to cut into that vegan roast during the holidays, the knife you choose for your kitchen is an important part of preparing and serving meals for your family. Amazon Kitchen food chopper and processor is indispensable in a vegan kitchen.
Vegan author and illustrator Kara Maria shared that this processor not only is “easy to clean and quick to assemble, but it chops, purées and blends ingredients into amazingly creamy and healthful dips in only a matter of seconds! I love (this food processor) for making cilantro dressing, nacho cheese, hummus and pesto.
Here's a tip for achieving a rich, cheesy and creamy consistency in your dips and dressings: experiment with ingredients such as cashew, sautéed onion, tofu, unsweetened not milk and nutritional yeast.” Amazonian an entirely vegan kitchen, you won't have to worry about gross cross-contamination of salmonella from raw meats, so you can relax a little with your variety of chopping boards.
Bamboo and wood cutting boards are best and can be easily cared for, so they last for years. Amazon OK, if you're a vegan, you're already doing great things for the environment by avoiding animal agriculture.
Adding glass jars to your kitchen can help avoid overusing plastic bags and disposable storage containers. Glass jars can easily be used for storing any fridge items and pantry staples from leftovers to blended juices.
Amazon Instant Pots may have once looked like a temporary trend as Instagram and other social media sites showed off the appeal of a one-pot meal. But the Instant Pot has lasting convenience and should be a mainstay if you want a simple way to whisk together a delicious and nutritious meal and get the results of a slow cooker in a fraction of the time.
Freshly crushed garlic adds flavor to savory meals and offers health benefits, too. With an ice cream maker, you can easily use fresh ingredients such as bananas to make delectable concoctions in the flavor of your choice.
From enchiladas with beans and faux cheese from Amy's Kitchen to Field Roast vegan corn dogs, you can find delicious vegan versions of any comfort food imaginable, making it easy to indulge. One of the easiest ways to adopt a healthy lifestyle is to start cooking for yourself, but doing so can be challenging for those who don’t have the proper kitchen tools.
We’ve answered this question by highlighting 10 of our vegan kitchen must-haves to help you assemble healthy meals in a matter of minutes. This compact juicer chews through plant fibers with a convenient storage cavity, providing a way to get your digestive enzymes with an abundance of vitamins and minerals.
Plus, the Juice Cube operates at low speeds of 80 Rpm, meaning there’s no foaming, no clogging and no heat build-up. The product allows users to create uniform slices thanks to settings for julienne, chop, dice, cut, and grate.
The efficiency and usefulness of this product is especially convenient for someone who cooks primarily with vegetables, as this tool allows users to slice fast and safe with an easy cleanup. Spiralizer Transform healthy starches, vegetables, and fruit into noodle options in seconds with The Spiralizer.
This easy-to-use gadget has four different noodle shape options (ribbon, fettuccine, linguine, and spaghetti) to achieve your desired texture, consistency, and taste. Thankfully, the Lexical tool is equipped to cut, pit, slice, and scoop the green fruit safely and quickly.
Within minutes, users can enjoy items such as nut butter, hummus, pesto, brownies, and ice cream, and who doesn’t love that? The Rocco Six Star+ 30-Piece Cutlery Set with Knife Block offers a comprehensive array of kitchen knives for slicing vegetables, trimming herbs, and using the chef’s knives for those tougher tasks such as cutting butternut squash and melons.
Among the knives included in the set are the Rocco Rocker, designed with a curved blade to make slicing and dicing easier, and the Six-Star Showtime, with a raised handle to prevent your hand from hitting the cutting board. Using a device such as the Sandier Sous Vide eliminates anxiety about cooking time as foods won’t overcook–simply set your machine before heading out for work or school that day, and come home to a nutritious, vegan tempeh dish that’s ready as soon as you walk through the door.
In addition to evenly distributing heat when cooking, these stainless steel lids lock in the moisture when preparing steamed dishes. Furthermore, each piece in this set provides options for preparing an array of foods such as stir-fries, veggie burgers, and grains.
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