So what are they?
I use every day numerous times per day my trusty VitaMix blender. I love love love VitaMix. I used to use an Oster blender. I started making green smoothies before even thinking about veganism and that’s what I was using to make my smoothies. A lot of the smoothies I made with the Oster had like an apple sauce texture. I do like thick smoothies however I love the VitaMix blender because I don’t need to cut up anything. I can put the fruits in whole and it will just pulverize them into a nice creamy drink. It is high-speed so you can make nut milks with ease. Some people use Blendtec which is up there too in capability and price but I have always used VitaMix and I’m really happy with it.
My Breville Juice Fountain my husband and I have had for a few years since 2008 or 2009 when we started juicing. This Breville Juice Fountain is a centrifugal juicer (not a slow press), with a variety of speeds for different ingredients you may be juicing. Juicing involves a lot of cleanup so I blend more than juice but you’ll see on the meal planner I drink a juice every morning.
I also have a food processor which is Hamilton Beach brand and it’s pretty good. I’ve never used a food processor that was not good. I give this one a thumbs up but again, I think they’re all basically the same. I make raw vegan pate’s, sauces, and raw vegan desserts in the food processor. I also use it to make salad dressings if I am making a large batch.
I have a citrus juice press. It’s not super fancy but it’s an automatic press. I love this because I love orange juice and I love grapefruit juice. When I’m drinking hot tea with lemon, I can use it to quickly juice a lemon but I also have a great handy tool: a hand press citrus juicer for lemons and limes. You don’t need a huge amount of hand strength to use it.
I also have a nice little gadget to extract coconut water from young Thai coconuts. We do have a knife that my husband uses to hack open coconuts. It’s a chef’s knife from Cutco. All my knives are from Cutco. I love them. They have been sharp since I purchased my set 12 years ago. However, using this tool to get the water out the coconuts is a lot easier for me since I don’t have the arm strength nor the courage to whack coconuts with a knife. Instead, I use my own body pressure and swivel the coconut knife in 2 to 3 spots near each other to bore holes into the coconut, turn the coconut over a pitcher, and wallah! I have fresh coconut water.
These are my kitchen essentials along with a set of nice mason jars for my smoothies.
If you’re looking to embark on this journey, I highly suggest you equip your kitchen with these tools. Also make sure to stock your fridge with as much produce as possible so you don’t have the temptation to eat something that doesn’t make you feel good and doesn’t make your body feel good afterwards.
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