Having the proper tools makes any job easier, and that is especially true in the kitchen. Don't feel like you need to rush out and spend a ton of money, but if you are addicted to kitchen gadgets, here are some the things I use all the time. 


Stuff You (Might) Need

Instant Pot

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The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, slow cooker and steamer all in one. It also has settings for making yogurt and cooking rice. I mainly use mine to cook whole grains and legumes fast, and for making soups and curries.

A Good Blender

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I started out with a regular Oster blender, which is fine, it will just take longer to make your sauces and smoothies really smooth. If you are looking for a new blender, though, you might consider investing in a Blend Tec, Vitamix, Ninja.

Measuring Cups and Spoons

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I have two or three sets of each of these liquid and dry measuring cups and spoons.

Rubber Spatulas

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You will be surprised how often you will use rubber spatulas. Make sure you have several sizes, including small and skinny ones for scraping out your blender and small jars.

A Great Knife

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My chopping knife is almost never put away in a drawer. I rinse it off and lay it on the drain board to dry, and before I know it I am slicing, dicing and chopping again. Treat yourself to a good one, and buy a sharpener while you're at it; I have this one.

Food Storage Containers

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A variety of sizes of storage containers is vital. You will need to freeze and refrigerate leftovers, sauces and dressings, and store dry goods you purchased in bulk. I prefer freezer-safe glass containers or mason jars. Please, please, please, no single-use plastics!

Food Processor

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I don't use my food processor as often as I do my blender, but there are some things the blender just can't handle. 

Colander

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You'll need a large colander, and maybe a second smaller one, for rinsing produce, rice, beans and pasta.

Wire Mesh Strainers

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I use my wire mesh strainer in place of my colander for rinsing rice before and after I cook it, straining vegetables out of my homemade stock, as well as many other uses. 

Ice Cube Trays

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Ice cube trays are awesome for saving small amounts of leftover liquid ingredients such as lemon and lime juice, salad dressings, enchilada sauce, tomato paste, and cheese sauces. 

Coffee Grinder

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I gave up coffee for green tea, but I still use my coffee grinder all the time to grind my flax and chia seeds.

Reusable Produce Bags

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I'm sure you recycle your single-use plastics, but let's go one step better and not use them at all! Take your own grocery bags and produce bags to the store and set a good example for others.

Ingredient Identifier

Nutritional Yeast

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Nutritional Yeast is deactivated yeast that gives foods a creamy, cheesy flavor. It's street name is "nooch."

Miso

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Miso is made from fermented soybeans and is high in protein. It is used as a seasoning in Asian recipes. If your regular grocery doesn't carry it, your health food store will.

Coconut Aminos

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Coconut Aminos are a gluten and soy free alternative to soy sauce.

Dulce

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Dulce (rhymes with pulse) is seaweed and is an excellent source of iodine. The flakes can be used as a salt substitute, and it is useful for adding fish flavor to dishes such as chick pea tuna. 

Tahini

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Tahini is crushed sesame seeds. It is very useful in making creamy dressings and sauces.

Agar Powder

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Agar Powder is a substitute for gelatin made from seaweed or algae. It's used in making pudding, custard, jelly and as an egg substitute.