I know that when it comes to kitchen tools, if you have limited space or limited funds, you don’t want to be buying every little gadget that you hear about, especially if it only serves one function. I’m in the same boat, my kitchen is tiny, so I don’t want to have anything in there that I’m not going to be using all the time.
If you eat real food from scratch at home every day, you know that the amount of time spent cooking can be a lot. So, if you can invest in a few tools that will reduce that time, so you can stay on top of your healthy eating and have more time to do want you want, it is definitely worth the investment in a few key tools.
That’s why I created this list. These are the tools that, in my opinion, are worth the space, worth the money and absolutely make my life and my cooking routine easier. I haven’t regretted purchasing a single one of these items because they have become an integral part of my everyday cooking routine.
I think the food processor may be my favorite kitchen appliance. It chops, it mixes, it purees, and it makes everything so much easier! I use my food processor all the time to make basic staples like almond butter, hummus, chop cabbage for sauerkraut, almond flour, slice carrots for fermented ginger carrots. I also use it for more complicated recipes like cake batter, cookie batter and my 2 ingredient vegan ice cream!
After having an old food processor for years, I recently upgraded to this one. I love it because it comes with a side scraper attachment that scrapes down the sides of the food processor while it’s running–crucial for almond butter!
2. Hand Blender
I love making pureed soups, especially in big batches so I can save it for leftover lunches. This is initially why I got my hand blender, but it has come in handy for so many other things, I use it way more than I thought I would. I do not regret that purchase at all!
Since it’s so compact and easy to clean up, I use it for things like pancake batter, puddings, mixing ice cream to put in the ice cream maker, whipped coconut cream, salad dressing, sauces and homemade mayonnaise.
I literally use my cast iron skillet everyday. If you’re still using non-stick pans to cook…you’ve got to upgrade! Here’s why:
- Non-stick pans release toxic chemicals when heated that can end up in your food
- Non-stick coating on high heat can break down and into other more dangerous chemicals.
- Chemicals leached by non-stick pans have shown to pose reproductive and developmental risks. (Source)
4. Mason Jars
I think any real foodie knows how important plain old mason jars are. They are great for storing food in plastic-free containers. You can ferment food in them, like sauerkraut and carrots. You can use them to sprout grains and seeds. They even make adorable decorations around the house for things like holding flowers.
I buy my jars in bulk like these ones to save money. You can never have enough jars! (at least I can’t!)
If you try to save money by batch cooking large meals to save for leftover lunches later like I do, you need some good storage containers. We know that plastic is not a good option for storage because they leech chemicals into the food.
Why would we go through so much trouble in buying healthy organic chemical-free food just to put it in a chemical laden container? Mason jars are good, but not always practical if you have something like leftover squash that would fit perfectly in a large container, but not so much in a jar. In my opinion, it’s worth the small expense to get a good set of glass conatiners like these ones if you regularly make food at home.
Ahh, the coveted almighty vitamix. I think we all know how amazing the vitamix is. Vitamix almost has a cult like following because it is truly an amazing machine. The only problem is…the price. It is quite an expense, but again, I’ve NEVER heard anyone who has a vitamix say that they regret their purchase. It’s not only for making smoothies (which it is awesome at doing too), you can do some great things with a vitamix, like throw some frozen fruit in there and make 5-minute sorbet!
If you do have a vitamix, you almost don’t need a food processor, because it does a lot of things that a food processor does as well. If you get lucky, sometimes you can find good deals on vitamixes on amazon!
What is your favorite kitchen tool?
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