ESSENTIAL Vegan Kitchen Tools

ESSENTIAL Vegan Kitchen Tools

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Chef’s knife: J. A. Henkel 8” Classic Chef’s Knife

Cutting board: Recycled plastic & flax husk cutting board

skillet: Lodge 12” inch Cast iron skillet

small pot: Calphalon 1 1/2 quart sauce pot

wooden spoons: OXO 3-piece wooden spoon set

spatula for pancakes: OXO silicone turner

spatula for batter: OXO silicone spatula set

colander: Stainless steel colander

salad spinner: OXO salad spinner

mixing bowl: Stainless steel nesting mixing bowls

can opener: OXO can opener

food processor: Cuisinart 14-cup Food Processor

blender: Kitchen Aid Pro Line Blender Frosted Pearl

peeler: OXO swivel peeler

box grater: Stainless steel 4 sided grater

steam basket: Stainless steel adjustable

baking sheet: Calphalon non-stick bakeware

silicone baking mat:

measuring cups & spoons: Stainless steel set

dutch oven: Lodge red dutch oven

whisk: 10” stainless steel

tea kettle: Cuisinart stainless steel

serrated knife: OXO 8”

mesh strainer: Cuisinart 3 piece

toaster oven: Black & Decker silver

instant pot:

air fryer:

mixer: KitchenAid Mini Mixer


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  1. Robin Holbrook on December 2, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    For all you young cooks getting started:
    1. I have had my Kitchen Aid mixer for 45 years! It’s worth the money!
    2. I bought a refurbished Vitamix last year and wish I had done so many years ago! It’s OUTSTANDING!
    3. Just bought Oster spiralizer as is cheaper than attachment for Kitchen Aid
    4. Wooden cutting board a MUST! Plastic boards dull knives. Use vinegar or lemon juice to sterilize but since you are not cooking meat… not big issue! Also keep them oiled. I use Boos products (I oil and wax my board.)
    5. Think that’s all for now!
    BTW: I’m 72…🌹

  2. Y LinD on December 2, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    I dreamed someone would make a video like this one! I watch so many vegetarian/vegan cooking videos and I’m always at a loss when it comes to trying out the recipes. I never have all the same tools at home and I don’t know which ones are "essentials" or not

  3. Heather Lynn Gibson on December 2, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Hi! What size is your dutch oven? 6 quart or 4.5 quarts?

  4. Speedy speed girl on December 2, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Awesome video! 💚
    I am surprized nobody mentioned the Nicer Dicer yet. I use mine regularly, especially the attachment for small cubes. Perfect for veggie-based sauces (like Bolognese or for lasagna) or chopped salads. Especially great for cutting large amounts of onions. We all know how painful that can get!
    Also, I have the blender food processor combo by Ninja and it is amazing! And it comes with the grating and slicing discs which I regularly use for carrots. Just get a kilo or two, slice some, shred the rest and put in the fridge to use during the week. It lasts long and you can have it raw in salads, make fritters or put it in Falafel or even make carrot cake (or anything with carrot cake flavoring, really). And it is strong enough to make nut butters (besides hazelnut) but much more affordable than CuisineArt or Vitamix.
    A rice cooker is also great and much more affordable than an Instapot. You can make full meals in it (just google) or cook rice, grains and lentils. Lifesaver for when I don’t feel like cooking. Just add lentils, maybe a can of chickpeas, water and curry or your favorite spices. Let cook and after it is finished, stir in a can of coconut milk. Instant curry.
    Oh, and also an absolute essential would be a mixing bowl in my eyes! (Maybe I missed it and you recommended it?)
    Ok, that was enough from my side since propably noone will read this anyways.
    But if you read this, I wish you a wonderful day! 💚

  5. Paula's Life on December 2, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Please may I ask you what size is your cast iron pan. I’m unsure of a good size to buy.

  6. Yamar Blackburn on December 2, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    👍🏻 I got to learn how to cook vegan🤩

  7. I Am Shauntia Nichole on December 2, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Great video, super cute earrings where do you purchase your acrylic earrings from? You always have a cute pair on.

  8. DesDemonaJess on December 2, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    You forgot a microphone

  9. Eileen Beal on December 2, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    I just moved cross country from Northern CA to Charlotte and got rid of some of my old kitchen stuff, I needed some new things so this video came in handy. I just got the dutch oven, wooden spoons, stainless steel pot, baking sheets and cutting board! I’m making a pot of vegan chili in the dutch oven today.

  10. Brown Goddess on December 2, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    I want to go vegan so bad!!!! It’s just so expensive to have smoothies for breakfast everyday, and the like.

  11. Paula's Life on December 2, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    I’m afraid of my cast iron pan rusting. But I want one. By the way you’re are a real natural beauty. Loving the hair and skin.

  12. Christina Arundale on December 2, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    I would testify that the air fryer is ESSENTIAL! I have one back home, but I didn’t buy one for college because I was concerned that I wouldn’t have the space. I regret that decision. 😫 The air fryer saves you SO MUCH TIME. I roast veggies in it for 12 minutes, sweet potato fries also take only 12 minutes, and there is no waiting around for it to pre-heat! Especially with being in college I’m missing the convenience of my air fryer, since I’m always crunched for time.😔

  13. Malacki 655 on December 2, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    There’s no such thing as vegan kitchen tools.

  14. Stephen Townsend on December 2, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Hi. Thanks. Very interesting. That salad spinner is something I did not know existed but us something I often want. They are so cheap. So if nobody else likes the vlog I do and I will be buying a useful appliance because of it.
    Interested that you did not mention a dehydrator. I want to eat more raw and many raw vegans seem to need one. I don’t want to get one if I don’t have to.
    Thanks again, Steve

  15. Krystal on December 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Agree! The kitchen aid mixer definitely looks gorgeous. I inherited my grandma’s red one & I love it!

  16. Tomeka Haywood on December 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    I have most of those items! Just need to start cooking on YouTube! Great video

  17. Smoked Eel on December 2, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you! I will buy the skillet definitely 🔥🤠🥦 For food processor and blender cheaper combo I highly recommend Ninja. It does the job very well.

  18. Niyah B on December 2, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Hey how about a juicer.

  19. Arianne on December 2, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    So +SweetPotatoSoul how do you feel about California Prop 65 Warning labels on pretty much all of the major toaster oven brands?

  20. Teddie V. Hill on December 2, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    You look amazing! And very helpful info. I’ve been slowly transitioning to being vegan

  21. Cathy Diamond on December 2, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I noticed you have a water filter pitcher. What kind and do you use it? Txs

  22. themax2go on December 2, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Some constructive criticism and what instead to use:
    1. Cast iron skillet – not a necessity, in fact, should not use because of oil oxidation, also promotes cancer causing burning of foods (especially bread / "toast").
    2. Food processor not in the essential list – every vegan should have one, doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but with insert for slicing (cucumbers, for example) and dicing / processing (standard blade).
    3. Blender not in the essential list – everyone should have one, to make smoothies and can even make your own plant-based milks with it.
    4. Missing cooking pots / tools / appliances: electric bread maker / machine – mixing w/o spending on a separate mixer and much easier clean-up (soak, done) to make sweet or savory dough, of course also make various breads; induction cook top (counter-top or if you have lots of money, built-in) w/ timer – saves money on your electric or gas bill, most efficient, plus much more convenient and faster; electric rice cooker (better than instant pot IMO) – add grain (rice, quinoa, …), add water, start and come back 30 mins later when done, also super easy clean-up; pressure cooker – best for beans; pot w/ steaming basket that goes on top and not inside + clear lid w/ steam hole – steaming preserves nutrients more than boiling or sauteing and also w/o the added oil, so much healthier all around, plus w/ induction cook top and timer, it’s fire-and-forget until it’s done, also due to no oil super easy to clean up, next to that the basked on top(!) of the pot allows you to steam and boil (pasta noodles, for example) at the same time, saving time and money!
    5. Not for cooking, but still a very effective kitchen item: removable kitchen faucet w/ spray – allows to clean very(!) efficiently, don’t even need to use a sponge most of the time if no oil was used (such as for steamer, blender after making smoothies or nut milk).
    6. Electric pizza maker – although not an absolute necessity, I love and make pizzas a lot, so for me it pretty much is a necessity.
    7. Air fryer – also not an absolute necessity, but great way to be way more efficient in terms of time, money (no pre-heating!) and clean-up, in comparison to using a traditional oven, plus reduction / elimination of oils and save money on baking sheets. I also have an infrared convection cooker, but the air fryer does the same and more, w/ easier clean-up.
    8. Waffle maker – also not a necessity, but I highly recommend one, much healthier alternative to burned bread AKA toast, also easier to clean than a toaster.
    9. Box grater is unnecessary and can / usually is difficult to clean, can achieve the same w/ respective "blade" for food processor.

    10. Dutch oven – again, unnecessary, rather use induction hot plate + pressure cooker, saves lots of time and money.
    11. Stick blender / hand mixer (mentioned) – not a total necessity because that one I don’t use all the time, but still on occasion and then comes in super handy.
    12. Kitchenaid (shown / mentioned) – only if you have about $500 or more available to also get the various attachments for making your own pasta noodles, can then use it as a food processor, peeler, … so much you can do with it, but again, only if you have the $$$ for it.

  23. Moonlightbrass on December 2, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    love these! I should definitely get a food processor! I just boil my tea in a pot though, tea pots are pretty but I don’t think their essential.

  24. mohit verma on December 2, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    You look so hot and sexy

  25. Andreza Owens on December 2, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    This is great! I’ve gotten several of these as wedding gifts, hand me downs, and refurbished & they have made life easier!

  26. Razzle Dazzle Vegan on December 2, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    I really want an Instant Pot!!

  27. Georgina Taylor on December 2, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Cuisinart makes an all-in-one air fryer. It air fries, dehydrates, it toasts, bakes, and roasts.

  28. Arianne on December 2, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks a bunch for this video I have you book and plan to start making some reciepes as I jump start my vegan journey.

  29. Patrick Hanlon on December 2, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    The only thing you are missing from my inventory is my cheese cloth. I’m obsessed with making vegan gourmet cheeses though.

  30. Toni B/Fit on December 2, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Love your sub & new vegan as of 09/08/18..finally let go of the poultry eggs and seafood! 👏🏼 I let beef & pork go 22 years ago 👍🏼 looking forward to your next video 😉 thanks for sharing

  31. Antonio Brittingham on December 2, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    9:24 wayyy too excited about that knife lol

  32. Lilly Jaramillo on December 2, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    I use and LOOOVE my THERMOMIX and I have everything in one!

  33. Lauren Meyer on December 2, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Instant Pot!!!!!

  34. aliceboyblue on December 2, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    That wonderful bump is showing. Im so stoked for you and Max. Your inspiration always helping change the world one video at a time. Youre such a joy. The little one will bring a ton more joy into your world.

    But in regards to the essential gadgets. I have a semi commercial kitchen. I just incorporated a vitamix into my life and let me say, its been a long time coming. I had a ninja for years but i personally felt it wasnt the boss of my playground. But for those who want to get a high quality mixer you can get a refurbished for a cheap price here.

    Vitamix Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Container, Black (Certified Refurbished)

    These little guys are always cheaper when theyre standalone. Depending ones budget it can also be upgraded by adding more attachments.

    An air fryer is everything, i absolutely love it. Yes the drawback is its size and cookability. It however keeps the home cooler compared to the stove. Its super quick. Its a single person gadget, a college kid gadget. It get the job done by being super versatile. Ive made mac and cheese, cakes biscuits, cookies, roast vegg, you name it in that bad boy.

    Ok so im noticing how long this comment is. Ill stop now, lol. Ill simply chat with you again in on another video.

    Much love always,
    Grow be vegan. ❤

  35. Karvel Robinson on December 2, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Great video!!

  36. Sharelle Jackson on December 2, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    I am so glad you did this video, because I’m binge watching your videos thinking “I should probably get a food processor,” as you used it for every recipe in the last episode I watched. I would like to propose some alternatives I already have. If you could let me know if they’re good alternatives, that’d be great. Here are the alternatives I’m thinking about:
    Instant pot – crock pot
    Dutch oven – pot inside of crock pot (not sure if it could be put on direct fire)
    Steam basket – colander on top of pot with top on (think double boiler)
    Blender – nutribullet
    Cast iron skillet – sauté pan (not sure what makes the cast iron magical lol)

  37. Gnaya Auxia on December 2, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    This video is absolutely amazing ! Loved the used appliance suggestion. I don’t know why I never thought to do that

  38. m on December 2, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    I would never use a plastic chopping board, even if it’s recycled plastic..all those tiny micro plastic particles getting scratched off during chopping and scraping with sharp knives. I really like bamboo chopping boards! They’re more sustainable than wood and don’t really warp when they get wet like most wooden boards.

  39. burnell lawrence lll on December 2, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    can i get a vegan date tho?

  40. Melanie Hubbard on December 2, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    No Vitamix?

  41. Alon zoE on December 2, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Looks all good except for the microwave….it takes the nutrients out of the food so not as healthy as other methods of cooking 🙂

  42. Gigi on December 2, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    This has always been my biggest challenge 😔💰and space, still the goals exist 😊👌🏼

  43. Mary Hall on December 2, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Just watched 10 vegan appliance videos, yours ROCKS them ALL!!!!!

  44. Meet Virginia on December 2, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Please research microvaves and their dangers.

  45. Dyann Wynn on December 2, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    I love my pressure cooker

  46. Georgina Taylor on December 2, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Vitamix now sells a food processor attachment. Go for the Vitamix.

  47. Joy L on December 2, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    What a GREAT channel – beginner vegan here – so glad I found you !!

  48. Melanie O'Driscoll on December 2, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    I am so happy I found your channel!! you’re awesome <3 and super inspiring. you’re making my journey to veganism so much easier, Thank you <3

  49. V3gan Br33 on December 2, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Ditch the plastic and invest in steel and glass 💚 Also, microwaves are dangerous. We ditched ours because the radiation is real. And you honestly dont need it. Also, a full set of different sized cast iron is great (I have saucepans and a Dutch oven even). KitchenAid mixes are a waste of money. I got one, used it 1 time in a year, and sold it. Also, a bamboo steamer and a rice cooker are great too!

  50. woodswal on December 2, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Love the video