These are our must have cooking tools for a vegan kitchen. We love them and think that you’ll love them too!
Whether you are an experience chef going vegan for the first time or you are a long time vegan that is just starting to cook their own food, or anywhere in between, we think that these must have cooking tools for a vegan kitchen are going to help.
Do you remember the first time you had your own place?
You like had a few pots and pans, maybe they didn’t even match. Like 1 spatula and a slotted spoon. Most of your dishes were plastic and cost like $0.50 each from Wal-marts cheap dish section and they were brightly colored.
Nothing matched and you were lucky if you had a toaster let alone any other appliances.
Whether you are still there or you’ve built up your kitchen now, chances are you may or may not have everything that we think a vegan kitchen needs.
To be honest and upfront, do you NEED these things? Probably not. Are they extremely helpful? Absolutely.
We really wanted to take a minute to write this most about things that have helped us become more efficient and more skilled in the kitchen. Not only since being vegan, but also before, but things that have definitely helped us on this journey.
Think we missed something that is on YOUR must have list? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to check it out.
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Must Have Cooking Tools for a Vegan Kitchen
Appliances for a Vegan Kitchen
Vitamix – One thing we are asked a lot is if our Vitamix was worth the cost and we say a resounding yes every day. We use ours almost daily for 2 years now. It is more powerful than any other blender we have ever own and likely the only blender we will ever use.
Note: Before having the Vitamix, we had a Ninja professional system and it was a better price but still worked really well. It broke and that’s why we got a Vitamix. We loved it and would definitely recommend if you need a better blender but a cheaper price.
Instant Pot – We never used our Instant Pot as much as we did once we went vegan. It takes cooking dried beans from hours to under 1 hour. And makes it easy to make one pot meals faster. A must have!
Food Processor – If you make your own sauces or hummus or just want a faster way to chop things like onions, then a food processor is your best friend. We use ours a few times a week usually.
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – To be honest, we always wondered if these were worth the price. We had a much much cheaper version and while it was okay, it is not the powerhouse that the Kitchen Aid version is. If you make a lot of baking recipes, it is a must have!
Air Fryer – We love love love our air fryer. We have had this one for approximately 5 years, but we are looking to upgrade to something that does more than just air fryer.
We are now looking to replace it with possibly the Ninja Foodi since it’s many appliances in one. If you are oil free, then an air fryer is a must have!
Crockpot – Especially in the fall and winter months, a crockpot is a must. You can cook soups, stews, and so much more.
Waffle Maker – If you love waffles then a nice waffle maker is key. This is one of the ones we have and it’s been great.
Cooking Tools for a Vegan Kitchen
Set of Pots and Pans – We typically prefer stainless steel or we have a few GreenPans that we really love using! We always recommend at least 2 sizes in pots with lids and 2-3 different size skillets. Buying a set is usually the cheapest option to take.
Cast Iron Skillet – While you make have a set of skillets, we still recommend everyone having a cast iron too. One if you are making something that needs to go into the oven, it’s perfect to just put in and not use another dish. But cast iron cooking also puts iron into your food which is great being vegan.
Knife Block Set – If you are an experienced chef, then you’d likely recommend just having 3 or 4 speciality knives that cost a lot more than this simple knife block set that is perfect for most homes and much more affordable.
Kid’s Knife Set – if you have kids, we’d also recommend having a set of Curious Chef kids’ knives. We’ve used these for 5 years and they are perfect for letting little ones help in the kitchen without fear of sharper knives.
Reusable Nut Milk Bags – If you are ready to try to make your own plant based milks, then you must have a nut milk bag. These double as a great way to grab produce while shopping so you don’t use plastic. Comes in a set of 3 different sizes.
Baking Tools for a Vegan Kitchen
Measuring Cups and Spoons – If you are doing any sort of baking you need to measure properly the ingredients.
Mixing Bowls – There’s nothing worse than not finding the right size mixing bowl whether you are baking or making a large salad. We linked ones with lids because they double as storage which everyone can use.
Baking Pan Set – Whether you are making a cake, loaf of bread, or muffins, or just roasting vegetables, you need a good set of baking pans.
Bundt pan – we think everyone should own at least 1 fancy designed bundt pan. You can bake almost any cake inside if you have enough batter and the end result is a showstopping conversation piece that will make you look like a baking genius. We also have this bundt pan.
Helpful Gadgets for a Vegan Kitchen
Tofu press – If you eat tofu and you don’t have a tofu press, then this needs to be the first thing you grab off our list! No more trying to figure out wrapping the tofu with something and then placing enough heavy items on top. This tofu press makes it easy and quick for you to get all the water out.
Candy Thermometer Spatula – We have found this digital candy thermometer spatula to be hands down the best candy thermometer we have ever owned. Not only is it great for candy making but even just properly checking for oil temperature! We love it so much, a must buy for our kitchen!
Kitchen Scale – Whether you are converting measurements or you need evenly size dough pieces and so much more, we use our kitchen scale way more than we would have ever thought.
Lemon/Lime Squeezer – We use a lot of lemons and limes, but the acid doesn’t always agree with our hands, plus it’s just hard to squeeze sometimes. A citrus squeezers makes getting the fresh juice a breeze.
Zester – Speaking of lemons and limes, if you do a lot of cooking or baking with them then you likely need zest. Grab one! We like this one because the zest stays in the little container attached to it and doesn’t go everywhere.
Grater – You could opt for just this and skip the grater, but we do have both. Grating blocks of vegan cheese versus buying the shreds tends to have them melt easy (these no anti-caking agent is one reason why). But we use it for a lot more.
Can Opener – Even if you use dried beans a lot, there’s probably still a lot of use of cans. A nice can opener is a must.
Peeler – A good peeler goes for so much more than just potatoes. And we use ours a lot! We like this one because it has more than one function.
Sieves – We use sieves for sprinkling powdered sugar, draining and rinsing beans, straining oil and so much more. A set of 3 is a good way to go, but if you don’t want a lot, opt for the large size.
Storage Tools for a Vegan Kitchen
Silicone Stretch Lids – These set of 6 lids, makes sure that you no longer have to use plastic wrap or foil to store something in the fridge. Easy to use and easy to wash.
Glass storage containers – Not only are these great for meal prepping and storage, but the glasses containers are easier to wash and don’t leak, and make it easier to see what’s inside. Comes as a set of 5. Other sizes available.
Water Infusion Flavor Pitcher – We don’t know about everyone, but we started drinking so much more water when we went vegan. Having a infusion pitcher allows us to make it flavored more easily.