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.
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.
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 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!
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.
You'll need a large colander, and maybe a second smaller one, for rinsing produce, rice, beans and pasta.
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 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.
I gave up coffee for green tea, but I still use my coffee grinder all the time to grind my flax and chia seeds.
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.
Nutritional Yeast is deactivated yeast that gives foods a creamy, cheesy flavor. It's street name is "nooch."
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 are a gluten and soy free alternative to soy sauce.
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 is crushed sesame seeds. It is very useful in making creamy dressings and sauces.
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.
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