Our Favorite Kitchen Gadgets
Having the right gadgets in your kitchen can turn cooking and preparing healthy, plant-based meals into a delight, rather than a chore. Here are some of our favorite gadgets that you should consider (they also make great Christmas or Hanukkah gifts!):
If you’ve never heard of a blender bottle, then you are really missing out, especially if you consume a lot of protein powder based shakes. The premise is simple – throw in your Plant-Protein Powder, choice of liquid (juice, water, almond milk, etc.) and shake! The little metal ball in the bottle ensures it all comes up nice and smooth, without having to haul out your blender, so you keep cleaning up to a minimum. Bonus: it also doubles as a water bottle.
If you like cooking things quickly, then you need to invest in a pressure cooker. From beans to soups, sauces and chilis, a pressure cooker can cut cooking time significantly (up to 70%) while still delivering delicious meals. And this electric pressure cooker from Instant Pot has a sauté function and can serve as a rice cooker and slow cooker – now we’re cooking!
Yes, cutting boards are probably the least exciting of kitchen gadgets, but they serve an important purpose. Having a collecting of the “right” cutting boards can make your kitchen tasks much simpler. These eco-friendly cutting boards do not harbor bacteria, are dishwasher safe and heat-resistant up to 350°F, so clean up is a snap!
Looking to make beautiful “pasta” with your veggies? Get the chefs’ choice (and a favorite of Marco Borges!): Tsumakirikun spiralizer. Place your favorite cylindrical vegetable inside, turn the handle, and voila - out comes perfect ribbons – for pasta, salads, garnishes, etc.
Fresh squeezed juice, anyone? This beautiful juice press squeezes out every last drop of juice from your favorite citrus. No fuss, no muss, just healthy and fresh juice for you and your family to enjoy.
If it smells like something’s burning every time you try to crush ice or make a smoothie, then it’s time to invest in a new blender. That’s right, invest. Rather than buying another sub-par machine that will last a year at most, consider spending a bit more a Vitamix that comes with a 5-year warranty and can grind up pretty much anything you put in it, including ice and carrots. Whether for smoothies or soups, this blender can make all the difference in making your life in the kitchen easier.
Have kids? Then a dehydrator can go a long way towards helping you provide healthy snacks and treats. From dried fruit to fruit rollups, this dehydrator delivers consistently great food and is easy to use. As an added bonus, you can buy additional trays so you can produce more great dried food in less time. Don’t forget to invest in a good peeler to help make the job go faster. If you want to treat yourself to the BEST dehydrator, purchase an Excalibur, Marco's favorite! Which kitchen gadget would you find most helpful? Any other kitchen gadgets you can recommend? Let us know!