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Gear Up! – Favorite Kitchen Essentials

1. Vitamix

I’ve had a few blenders before I bought my Vitamix. I have to say it’s worth the price! I can see a huge difference in making almond milk, nice creams, smoothies, flours. It’s much faster, smoother and blends everything so well. I make my own almond milk in a few minutes! I can make oat flour, almond flour pretty much any flour I want! Which is great because I don’t have to store it. I can make as much as I need at the moment.

You can sometimes find deals and get it for cheaper (I got mine at Costco). I don’t know which one is the best because honestly there is so many of them that it’s hard to choose from.

2. Instant Pot

This is a lifesaver! Life = time. You can save so much time with this machine. Most of the time you just throw all the ingredients in and you have ready dinner in less than 30 minutes – depends on a recipe of course. Afterward, you save time again on cleaning. Instead of 5 different pots and pans, you have only ONE to clean! Which can also go to a dishwasher πŸ˜‰

There are tons of recipes on the internet for Instant Pot and also lots of cookbooks that you can buy or find in your local library. I am currently tasting recipes from this cookbook.

I use it quite often in my kitchen, especially on days/weeks when I don’t have time. I am actually planning on creating a separate tab on my blog with just Instant Pot recipes!

You can make Burrito like this one in just 25 minutes (with dried beans)!

Or Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth

3. Dehydrator

That’s not something that everyone will need in their kitchen. I bought mine when I got more interested in raw food and its benefits and the difference in cooked food vs raw. If you are interested to read more about it here is an article you might find interesting.

You can make raw pizza, wraps, bread or raw version of granola – Rawnola – like this one!

You don’t have to be raw vegan to use this machine! You can add some raw meals into your diet. It’s great for making fruit rolls! They are cheaper and healthier than the one you can buy in a store. You can also make kale chips that keep all their nutrients!

There are lots of recipes to choose from πŸ™‚

When buying your dehydrator you will need to do your own research which one would be the best fit for you. I bought this one and I had to return it. It was taking ages for the food to be ready. I mean it does take a long time to dehydrate food of course, but this one was taking much longer than it supposed to – at least in my opinion. After this one, I bought Excalibur – to one that I actually wanted but I didn’t want to spend that much money.

Both of them have good reviews so it might be worth to give a try the cheaper one first.

I personally like rectangle dehydrator than the circle ones because it gives you more options. You won’t be able to make a pizza or wrap without a hole in the middle.

Some of my recipes using dehydrator:

Apple Cinnamon Crackers
Raw Vegan Pancakes
Pupmikn Rawnola

4. Spiralizer

For me, that’s a must-have in a kitchen! And not only if you are on a diet and want to cut on carbs πŸ˜‰ Although it is a great solution to that. But also if you want to add more raw food into your diet or you just feel like eating something lighter than pasta. I eat the noodles both raw and cooked depending on how I feel.

I use this one and I love it! It comes with a few different blades so you can make different types of noodles!

Here are some of the recipes you can use it for:

Raw Vegan Spaghetti
Raw Pad Thai

5. Mandoline

This one is another time saver. You can quickly chop veggies for salads but there is one specific reason I love this tool….

Potato Chips.

You can make perfect potatoes chips in your own oven! Since my Juicing Detox, I quit store bought and unhealthy chips and now when I crave chips I make them myself.

I use this one and it’s great because it comes with different blades! You need to be really careful with using it, it is really sharp! Do not hold a vegetable with your hand, use the special tool that comes with it, trust me…

And last but not least.. an item I wouldn’t be able to use my kitchen…

A life changer for those not so tall like me πŸ˜‰

Let me know what are your kitchen essentials there is still a room in my kitchen! πŸ˜‰

πŸ’Œ P.

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