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All-Vegan Chef: The Tools Every Vegan Kitchen Needs

Vegan diets have never been more in vogue. Thanks to its influence on animal welfare, individual health, and the environment at large, celebrities from Harrison Ford to director James Cameron have gone vegan along with numerous athletes, most of whom say it’s improved their performance. 

Whether you’re transitioning to a raw food, vegan or plant-based diet, or are already a vegan looking to become a master vegan chef, there are different tools your vegan kitchen will need. Let’s meet them:

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Sous Vide

Sous vide is a modern, popular trend of cooking. It utilizes precise temperature control so vegetables keep their nutrients during cooking and use less oil without sacrificing flavor. People using these devices remove anxiety about cooking time since foods won’t overcook – you simply set up your machine before heading out to school or work that day, and arrive home to find nutritious, vegan tempeh that’s ready as soon as you walk in the house. Moreover, you can make whole meals with this device without the need to clean different cookware later.

Juicer

Veggie juices are some of the most nutritious “allies” to a healthy vegan diet, which is why juices can be essential for any aspiring vegan. Such devices are able to chew through plant fibers with a convenient storage cavity, giving you a way to get digestive enzymes with an abundance of minerals and vitamins. In addition, many juicers operate at low speeds, which means there’s no:

  • Clogging,
  • Heat build-up,
  • Foaming.

Beyond fruits and veggies, an adequate juicer can also make nut milk, nut butter, soy milk, and baby food all while also being able to grind herbs and coffee beans. Remember that if you suffer from high blood pressure or have problems with high sugar levels in the body, it would be better to make smoothies instead of juices. This is because smoothies don’t stimulate a rise in blood sugar since they enable a slow and even release of nutrients into the body.

Reach-In Freezers

In a vegan house, a standard, normal-sized freezer may be all you need in order to adequately store several days’ worth of frozen and fresh veggies and fruits. However, when it comes to commercial vegan kitchens, commercial upright reach-in freezers may be a vegan’s best bet. These devices prolong the life of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as conserve ready-made meals. Most models come with shallow depths, LED lighting, self-cleaning condensers, and much more. Ultimately, you won’t have any trouble cleaning them.

Spice grinder

Vegans like spices more than most people realise. To season tofu perfectly is an art and science by itself. So, a spice grinder is a must-have whether you’re adding extra flavor to a plant-based roast or making homemade vegetable burgers. For the best results, you should use electric spice grinders. On the other hand, if you like a more hands-on experience, a mortar and pestle will work just as well. Just make sure you got something on hand that you like to use to help you grind those spices for more flavorful food.

Chef’s Knife 

This tool is likely the most important one you will need. Avoid buying the whole knife set, since you don’t actually require all the extra sizes. Rather, invest in one quality chef’s knife about 7 to 8 inches long. Don’t be afraid by its size, because the extra length will make cutting big vegetables and fruits such as a squash and melons a breeze. Its weight will help with chopping, while its width will enable you to scoop up chopped veggies and herbs to add to your pan. Don’t use it to cut bread, though.

Pans and Pots Set

You don’t require the biggest set, however, a decent selection of pans and pots will stay with you for a long time. Most vegans are big fans of stainless steel because it’s durable and easy to use. Additionally, they last much longer than other non-stick pans, and since the handles are also stainless steel (rather than being from plastic or wood) you can use them in your oven also. 

Food Service Equipment

Quality food service equipment can ease the process of cooking a huge amount of food in a vegan kitchen. One of the most useful tools regarding food service equipment that every vegan kitchen should have is a big roaster. For instance, you can use it to roast root veggies that are turned into main courses. Yet, another great piece of equipment to have in any vegan kitchen is a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker will allow you to quickly cook thick or tough veggies such as turnips and rutabaga.

There are plenty more tools your vegan kitchen might need. As you cook and cook you’ll find out which those are. Feel free to add any in the comments below. Bon appetit!

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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