Vegan Kitchen Essentials
On the road to your new Vegan lifestyle, you’ll need a few items to make your kitchen complete. Start out with upgrading your cookware and add additional appliances along the way. Stainless steel is a great go to when purchasing pots and pans. Many are unaware of the dangers of Aluminum, this element can wreck havok on your health and the health of your family. Aluminum has been associated with Alzheimers disease and dissolves into food while cooking. Cast iron cookware is a good consideration as it is durable and adds iron to the diet. A good set of Stainless steel cookware a great investment as well.
Because Vegan/Vegetarian diets depend on grinding an array of different foods, a Blender and/or Food Processor come in handy. To grind seeds and some grains a coffee grinder can be very helpful. When we consider preserving our health another consideration is our oil intake. You know those good old onion rings, french fries and other battered vegetables. We love our crunchy crispies so much. So Hooray for the Air Fryer that helps in lowering the amounts of oil we consume, every kitchen needs one. So take time and visit your favorite store to explore the kitchen utensils you’ll want in your New Vegan Kitchen.
- Set of Stainless Steel Pots/Pans and utensils
- Vegetable Juicer
- Food Processor
- Seed/Coffee Grinder
- Fruit Juicer
- Air Fryer
- Garlic Press
- Good Set of Knives
Vegan Recipe Helpers:
There a few everyday ingredients aside from your regular stocked herbs & spices used to add flavor to your Vegan diet. They can be found in a wide range of grocery stores now. So your grocer doesn’t carry them? Don’t hesitate to ask if they can start, more and more people are looking for these products.
- Bragg’s Liquid Amino
- Spike (a delicious, zesty salt alternative)
- Hain Iodized Sea Salt
- Granulated Kelp
- Nutritional Yeast
- Virgin Olive oil
- Alternative Sweeteners – Maple syrup, Agave, Raw Sugar, Turbinado Sugar, Date Syrup
- Non-Aluminum Baking Powder
- Non-Aluminum Baking Soda
- Non-Diary Margarine
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Shopping and Terms:
You may sometimes find the shopping experience to be a bit confusing. Should I buy Organic or Conventional foods? What is the difference between Lactose-free milk and Non-Diary? What sweeteners can I use now? Where can I find Non-aluminum baking powder?
If you are not sure whether to buy organic or conventionally grown foods let me provide some clarity. Conventionally grown foods may contain synthetic fertilizers to assist with plant growth while organically grown foods use natural fertilizers such as compost or manure. While Whole Foods is a first go to for those exploring their organic options, Trader Joe’s and Aldi’s grocers also carry both everyday and gourmet organic products. Other grocers have begun to feature some interesting international sections to their stores where you can explore an array of Asian, Mexican and Mediterranean organic food options as well. So, do your research as other grocers now carry relatively inexpensive lines of organic products, shop around and ask your grocer what organic products they carry.
When it comes to milk, all are not created equal. Non-diary milk strictly originates from plant sources such as almonds, cashews, hemp, rice, coconut or soybeans. Lactose-free milk is dairy milk that does not contain lactose, to accommodate those who may be lactose intolerant. Only non-diary milk is used in the vegan diet and can now be found in most grocerers as well as local chain stores like Walgreens and CVS.
When you have questions (and they will arise) I’ve found the staff members of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to be a valuable source of knowledge. At Whole Foods if they don’t have an answer for you they will actually check with the manufacturer to provide as much information as possible to assist you on your journey, so don’t hesitate to ask.
“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.” -Leonardo Da Vinci