You don't have to pack your cabinets with tons of tools to create dishes mirroring those of the best vegan and raw food chef's. With just a few core investments you can prepare a wide variety of meals, keep your kitchen sustainable, and make sure your diet is healthy and interesting. Read on to see our recommendations on the top tools needed to cook vegan and raw like the pros.
1. Eco Friendly Cutting Boards
Select a set of durable and sustainable food-grade cutting boards, such as ones made from polypropylene and flax husk. Using flax husk reduces the amount of plastic used for a traditional poly board, and allows it to be 100% recyclable. Bamboo cutting boards are another good choice for a renewable material board.
2. Small Set of Professional Knives
Using good knives will make your preparation easier and faster. These items can get pricey, so you can choose a few key pieces to start your collection. For chopping vegetables and ingredients core to vegan and raw cuisine, your set could include a chef’s knife or santoku, paring knife, and a vegetable knife.
3. Food Processor
Food processors are fantastic for chopping and mixing, especially for foods that would bind in a mixer or blender. Mix dates, nuts, and dried fruit to make amazing energy bars. Blending tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and lime will give you a quick and tasty salsa! This item can take up space and cost you a pretty penny, so if you are looking for an alternative, there are many companies that make tiny choppers that can do a decent job.
4. Salad Spinner
Help speed up washing and drying your greens with a salad spinner. These spinners are great for more than just removing water from greens. In a pinch, you can use the inside basket as a colander. Rinse beans, drain soaked nuts, or wash small veggies like cherry tomatoes. You can also use the spinner to evenly coat your salad with dressing and drain off the excess.
5. Spiral Vegetable Cutter
To keep your vegan and raw cuisine interesting, a spiral cutter is truly amazing. Use yellow squash, carrots, zucchini, and even apples to many “noddles” for uber healthy raw “pasta”.
6. Professional Blender
Investing in a high-end blender is worth every penny for vegan and raw food culinary artists! Smoothies, nut milks, soups, dips, dough, and many more recipes can be made with easy. Pro blenders will hack through frozen fruits, ice, and hard to blend items that will make other blenders bind.
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