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Tools & Equipment for the Vegan Pantry

January 8, 2018

For many, money is the deciding factor in the number of kitchen tools that end up gathering dust in drawers, purchasing as many as the budget will allow. This contributes to the clutter in your brain, in your kitchen and on the planet. The more we buy, the more is made, the more is thrown away and the cycle continues.

Before buying, think about how you cook. What tools do you really use? Do you spend your weekend crafting the perfect loaf of bread or chocolate fudge? If so a stand mixer, cooling rack or candy thermometer might enhance your kitchen time. If you tend a garden or have earned your own parking space at the weekly farmer’s market, your money might be better spent on a few good knives, a chinois strainer and canning kit. So clean out those drawers, get real about what you need and spread those tools around. Tools that haven’t seen the light of day in years may find a starring role in a friend’s kitchen; one person’s garlic press is another’s paperweight. That said, it is fun to broaden your cooking repertoire. If you feel a julienne peeler may open up a world of culinary possibilities, try one. If you find you do not use it, pass it along to a friend. For years I resisted purchasing a zester, instead cutting strips and mincing. Who knew a zester could bring such joy?

With this in mind, Deb Roussou, author of 350 Best Vegan Recipes, offers a few suggestions for tools that make her life easier and kitchen time more fun. This does not include the obvious knives, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, rolling pin, wooden spoons, whisks, slotted spoons, ladles, rubber spatulas, cooling racks, cutting board, can and wine openers, large and small glass or metal baking dishes, a variety of saucepans and nonstick and cast-iron skillets. 

 

Tools & Equipment Perfect for the Vegan Pantry:

  •  Dutch oven
  •  Food processor
  •  Glass jars with tight-fitting lids
  •  Immersion blender
  •  Kitchen scissors
  •  Stock pot
  • Strainer
  • Tongs
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Zester


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