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    31 Helpful Kitchen Tools If You're Going Vegan Or Vegetarian

    With these kitchen tools it's no meat, no problem.

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    1. A handy salad spinner with an easy-to-use spin knob and built-in drainage so you can wash and dry fruits and veggies with ease. No more sad soggy salads for you!


    Promising review: "I am 28 years old and never used a salad spinner before. I work on a farm now and have access to lots of lettuce so figured I'd invest in one. (AKA, asked my sister to buy one for me since I'm broke.) This thing is amazing and I now wonder how my 28 years of salad experience would've been different if I had this from the get-go. The spinner is very efficient in the little time it takes to wring out the water and easily pours out. It's pretty sweet and I highly recommend. It's well made and seems durable. If we take care of it enough, it may just become a family heirloom :)" —Krystal Montes De Oca

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes).

    2. A versatile chop, slice, and dice unit that'll drastically *cut* down on veggie prep and cleanup time with interchangeable blades that can each be popped in the dishwasher.,

    This unit comes with three interchangeable chopping blades, three grater blades, and two slicer blades. It also comes with holding containers to house all the blades, a cleaning fork, and a safety holder.

    Promising review: "I got this because I am slow at chopping veggies with a knife and it works great. It takes no time at all to have fully diced onions now. When I have a bunch of stuff to chop at once, I can just chop, let it go into the catch bin below, chop the next thing, etc, and when I'm done, dump everything into my pot for dinner. Cleaning is also super easy. The pieces come apart for individual cleaning and you can throw the whole thing in the dishwasher." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    3. A nonstick microwave pasta cooker for the vegan or vegetarian in need of a quick and easy meal. This easy-to-use container cooks and drains so you get perfect al dente pasta every time without dirtying multiple dishes!

    Promising review: "One of those 'why didn't I think of this?' kind of things. It makes cooking pasta so easy and foolproof! No trying to bend/break pasta to get it to fit into a round pan. The instructions tell you exactly how long to microwave it for the different size proportions." —EQUUS

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. A super convenient tofu press if you're tired of spending more time tending to your tofu than you do your cat. This all-in-one system works in the fridge without you needing to come back and increase the pressure. Plus, all the water collects at the bottom so there's no mess and no need for paper towels.


    Promising review: "I've been a vegan for 13 years and I can't believe I went this long without a tofu press. So much more enjoyable cooking with tofu after pressing it. This press is different than all the rest as it has a tray that catches all the water. You can put the whole thing in the fridge and it's hassle-free. Take it out the next day and drain the liquid and you're good to go. The other presses require a plate underneath and some require tightening and adjustments as it presses. I'll admit after reading some of the reviews here of users with broken Tofuture presses I was hesitant to order but I've just been careful with mine and haven't had any problems so far." —Conner

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    5. This multipack of reusable produce bags to buy and store all those fresh fruits and veggies with zero plastic waste! Plus, these have a drawstring closure, which is way more convenient than standing in the middle of the aisle trying to knot the top of those flimsy plastic bags.

    Loosewarp / Etsy

    Loosewarp is a Jackson, New Jersey-based small business supplying all your reusable produce bag needs for a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

    Each set comes with six bags: two small, two medium, and two large.

    Promising review: "These are so great! Exactly what I hoped for. They feel like excellent quality! I have already had to wash one of them and it was easy to do. I only hand-washed a small portion but the gross wet lettuce/dirt stain came out great." —Anna Higgins

    Get a six-pack from Loosewarp on Etsy for $12.74.

    6. A compact 8-in-1 spiralizer because you might be switching to a plant-based diet, but that doesn't mean you all of a sudden have the space for a bunch of new gizmos. Good thing this gadget and its multiple lid attachments do the spiralizing, grating, and juicing jobs of multiple devices.

    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    The set includes three spiralizing lids (thin, medium, and ribbon), two grater lids (regular and zester), and two juicing lids for hard and soft fruits.

    BuzzFeed editor *and* zoodle-lover Emma Lord is obsessed with this gadget:

    "I recently purchased this because it was my cheapest option for making zoodles, and also because my apartment is the size of a shoebox and there was no room for anything bigger. I LOVE how easy it is to swap out the caps to do other things, too — I've started grating my own cheeses and feel very fancy. But mostly I just love that it's very safe to use (it comes with a finger guard!), super easy to figure out, very compact, and even has measurements on the inside of the cup if you're ever portioning things out for a recipe."

    Promising review: "LOVE THIS. I absolutely love this. So far I've used the thicker spiralizer, two of the grater things, and then the juicer. I love how easy this makes keeping everything together. And it's sharp so it actually cuts through things without you needing to work super hard to do it. The only thing I don't love is that the spiralizers are a bit hard to clean, but I guess that's with all of them? Not sure, this is the first I've owned. But, overall I'd recommend it :)" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    7. A hassle-free air fryer so you can easily whip up your own oilless fried food (brb dreaming about fried pickles) in a fraction of the time with a fraction of the usual mess.

    This is the air fryer I bought for my parents a couple years ago and they ~love~ it. The first time my mom used it she noted how easy it was to clean, especially compared to traditional oil fryers. The nonstick frying basket is completely detachable and includes a dishwasher-safe basket.

    Promising review: "I love fried food (I use various healthy oils; grape seed, olive, avocado) but I hate the mess. This contains everything so no splashing. Very easy to clean. I put the basket in the sink to soak while we eat and then lightly scrub afterward. So easy to make chicken wings, fried shrimp, and lots of vegetables. We got it for Christmas and my wife commented that I seem to use have used it every day since. Very happy." —Larry Greenblatt

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in four colors).

    8. A beginner-friendly set of fermentation lids that transform most any wide-mouth jar into a fermentation station by allowing gas to escape without letting mold and bacteria in. Now you can whip up delectable batches of homemade pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi with the simple twist of a lid.


    The full kit includes three fermentation lids with built-in date setters, three fermentation weights, an oxygen extraction pump, and a recipe book!

    Promising review: "I am a first time fermenter and was very pleased with this kit. I made dill pickles and some mixed veggies (cauliflower, carrots, onions, and green beans). They all turned out yummy. I used half gallon jars and the glass weights, and didn't have any mold problems! I was not prepared for the smells though. Love this product as it makes it so easy to get some tasty probiotics into your gut." —Claudia Turner

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    9. A 3-in-1 avocado tool for splitting, pitting, and slicing avocadoes with one device you can toss in the dishwasher afterward. Now the only hard part is eating the avocado in that small window between not ripe and rotten.,

    This handy tool is top rack-safe for easy cleaning!

    Promising review: "The plastic knife edge cuts the avocado easily. The seed removal item works well. The slicer does a fair job. The avocado slices tend to slick in the slicer. You have to push the slices through the slicer with a finger or spoon. Clean-up is super easy. It is better than using a knife and spoon to open and slice up an avocado." —Bee Cool Travel

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. A stainless-steel garlic mincer and silicone peeler if you love fresh garlic but hate everything about the process of using it. This magical peeling device helps prevent hand stank and the simple yet effective mincer is waaayyyy easier to clean than traditional garlic presses with all their little nooks and crannies.,

    Promising review: "It takes very little effort to mince garlic, and the garlic easily cleans out of the holes by simply running your thumb over them. The silicone sleeve makes peeling SO easy! Just cut the ends off, toss them in, and the peels are gone in a few quick rubs. I love both of these, and I use fresh garlic constantly now instead of garlic powder!" —z71ragdoll

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    11. A compact Magic Bullet blender that'll make prepping smoothies, juices, dips, and sauces so simple it'll make your head *spin*. It's a breeze to clean (all cups are top-rack dishwasher safe), and if you're in a hurry you can make and enjoy your blended beverage in the same cup.

    a model blending fruit in the magic bullet

    Your Magic Bullet will come with the blender and blades itself, three different-sizes blender cups, a mix of lids for both drinking and storing, and a recipe book! 

    Promising review: My coffee grinder, smoothie maker, vegan ice cream maker (frozen banana and coconut milk!), instant ginger grater, salsa maker! This thing rules and there are infinite uses for it...Super easy to use and clean. I had some other brand but it crapped out. Magic Bullet for the win!" —Abbey

    Get it from Amazon for $29.04.

    12. A pair of heavy-duty kitchen herb shears because fresh herbs taste great, but cutting them takes a lot of *thyme*. Speed things up with these five-blade shears and an included cover that doubles as a comb to remove clinging herbs, making cleanup simple and reducing food waste.,

    These shears are also dishwasher safe for even easier clean-up.

    Promising review: "These things are a lifesaver. My wife always complained about having to chop herbs. I found these on Amazon and decided to give them a chance. I can't say enough good things about them. Easy to clean (the protective cap can be used to scrape leftover herbs out of the scissor) and seem like they will last a while. Do yourself a favor and purchase these now." —Robb Fladry

    Get it from Amazon for $14.87.

    13. A hands-free electric can opener so you can easily integrate canned sources of plant-based protein likes beans and chickpeas into your meals without slicing your finger on jagged lids brought to you by manual openers.,

    Promising review: "I bought this for my mother, who has some problems with arthritis, and when we gathered around to see if it worked, we were all pretty impressed. It left the edge of the can crimped in a way that avoids those sharp edges, which I personally have been sliced by several times. At first, it didn't seem like it was working, but then we lifted it and boom! Open can. I might get one for myself, honestly." —Rachel C.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in four colors).

    14. An ever-popular Instant Pot Duo Plus that does the work of nine kitchen appliances in one compact cooker. Effortlessly make rice, create one-pot stews, and drastically cut cook times for those tough root vegetables without surrendering loads of counter space to multiple appliances.,

    The Duo Plus replaces nine common kitchen appliances. It can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and egg cooker, with the ability to sauté, steam, warm, sterilize, and it even makes cakes! Read all about why the Instant Pot is changing how we cook in our full review of the Instant Pot.

    Promising Review: "I LOVE MY INSTANT POT DUO! I use it AT LEAST every day, many days I use it two or more times! We are vegetarians and use it for yogurt, rice, soups, tomato sauce, bread proofing, and anything you can think of! It is perfect!" —Gracie D

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (available in three sizes).

    15. Or a budget-friendly rice cooker for PERFECTLY cooked rice every. single. time. Plus, it comes with a basket for steaming veggies while rice is cooking. Now, be sure to add "multitasking" as a skill on your resume.

    the rice cooker sitting in a countertop

    There's a lot to love about my roommate. One of those things just so happens to be his rice cooker, which I didn't know I couldn't live without until I had one around. I mean, what's not to love? It makes perfect rice every time by pressing approximately two buttons. I'll be honest, I've never used it to steam vegetables, but I've made a boatload of both white and brown rice in it over the last 2.5 years and it's completely idiot-proof — AKA perfect for moi. 

    Get it from Amazon for $39.84

    16. These dishwasher-safe cutting boards if your old set isn't quite *cutting* it now that you're eating plant-based and chopping copious amounts of vegetables ALL the time. This set is bigger than average and has rubber edges to keep your boards from slipping and sliding all over the place.

    a reviewer photo of the three different-sized cutting boards sitting next to a knife

    Promising review: "I was tired of slippery cutting boards on my countertops and didn't want to use the wet towel trick every time I used a cutting board. These stay in place thanks to the rubber side. I definitely wash them in the dishwasher because hand-washing anything is the pits. So far none of them have warped or anything like that. Probably half a dozen or a dozen dishwasher runs so far. For as little as they cost it was a good investment for sure." —davidd

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $21.98+ (available in five colors). 

    17. These produce-saver containers to save you money (and unecessary trips to the grocery store) by keeping produce fresher for longer with ~mystical~ ventilation technology.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    These containers help keep your produce fresh by keeping moisture away. And they're designed with a special vent filter, which you never have to replace, to regulate the carbon dioxide and oxygen flow to your produce.

    Natalie Brown, an editor here at BuzzFeed, actually tried these containers for herself, and, well, you just gotta read her full Rubbermaid FreshWorks container review.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, they work! I went on a 10-day trip and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back, and everything was in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These containers will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough. (We shop at Costco and get large containers of produce.) These are TOTALLY worth getting!" —Elizabeth Walter

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $25.87.

    18. A splurge-worthy multipurpose cookware duo including a skillet and a large hybrid pot that fit together to work as a Dutch oven. This one set can handle most any cooking task, heats oh-so evenly, and doesn't use potentially toxic nonstick coatings, opting for naturally low-stick materials instead.

    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed, Proclamation Goods Co.

    Proclamation Goods Co. is the San Franciso-based small biz behind this impressive (and award-winning) cookware set. They've partnered with a family-owned manufacturing facility with generations of experience to produce all of their cookware locally in the United States from responsibly sourced materials. Plus, Proclamation Goods Co. is a 1% for the Planet member, meaning they contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes

    This pan/pot hybrid arrived looking even more beautiful than I'd imagined. I cooked dinner with them immediately and then proceeded to get rid of the mismatched collection of various skillets and unused pots my boyfriend, roommate, and I had brought into this apartment and accumulated since living here. It was a life-changing moment. Not only are my cabinets gloriously uncluttered and organized (this set nests together like a dream), but these just work better and feel like they're going to last a lot longer than the nonstick iterations we had collected before. One, if not both pieces, get near-daily use and no one in the apartment has any complaints! They heat evenly, clean easily (especially considering it doesn't have that non-stick coating), and really are designed to cover the vast majority of your cookware bases.

    Get it from Proclamation Goods Co. for $379.

    19. A big ole aluminum baking sheet because, whether you're baking cookies or roasting vegetables, this supersized pan has the space to get it ALL done.

    a reviewer photo of the baking sheet with peppers and zucchini on it

    Promising review: "These cooking sheets are GREAT. We are so happy with our first one that we bought a second. Easy to clean (handwash only), LOTS of cooking room, and very durable. We might even buy a third." —James & Donna Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99

    20. Plus, some silicone baking mats so you can wave goodbye to your aluminum foil, parchment paper, and cooking spray. These non-stick mats are oven-safe up to 480 degrees and not only save you money but also reduce waste!

    A reviewer's vegetable and mozzarella sticks cooking on a sheet pan

    Promising review: "I like to do what I can to reduce my carbon footprint but I don't want to make my life unnecessarily difficult or ineffective. These mats allow me to eliminate the use of foil or parchment paper on my baking sheets, thereby saving money and being that much less potential product in the landfill. So far I have baked breadsticks and roasted vegetables on them, and they work like a charm. The heat distribution is great and they're nonstick without using spray or oil. If I had a complaint, it would be that they're a little hard to clean by hand due to how bendy and flexible they are and the fact that oil and grease seems to want to stick to it like a magnet. It isn't a big deal, though, and I'll be buying more of these." —Michelle Daniels

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $13.33.

    21. A high-quality multi-purpose knife that'll quickly earn its keep as your reliable go-to for virtually all your slicing, dicing, chopping, and carving needs.

    A stainless steel knife with a black handle sitting on a cutting board

    Promising review: "Wife saw this on America's Test Kitchen and wanted to try. This knife works better than my expensive German knife set. Feels and holds a little cheaper but it sure cuts a lot better...super sharp." —Jon

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

    22. *AND* a compact knife sharpener for keeping your blades in tiptop shape. I didn't know vigorously sawing through sweet potatoes wasn't normal until I learned you actually should be sharpening your knives, like, ALL the time!


    This teeny-tiny knife sharpener features two slots with carbide blades on one side to provide quick edge setting capabilities, and ceramic rods on the other for the final edge honing. Plus, there is a nonslip base for added stability and control.

    Promising review: "I am a former chef and have many knife sharpeners. I rotate about 10 knives at home and have found this to be a tremendous sharpener to put an edge back on a blade. Use along with a honing steel after sharpening. I have purchased a bunch of these for friends due to their effectiveness and ease of use." —drockchef

    Get it from Amazon for $7.07.

    23. A handy veggie cooking cheat sheet if you're new to this whole vegetable thing and are tired of searching "How long to steam carrots?" on your phone mid cook session.

    the poster with different vegetable cook times for boiling, steaming, and microwaving
    Christophermanshop / Etsy

    Christophermanshop is an Etsy shop creating super stylish posters ranging from the practical (info charts and cheat sheets) to the pretty — all with a slightly worn-in vintage feel. 

    Get it from Christophermanshop on Etsy for $16.99+ (available in three sizes). 

    24. A small but mighty food processor to quickly chop vegetables, pulverize nuts, grind herbs and SO much more with the press of a button.

    The three-cup plastic work bowl and lid are both dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "I love this little processor. It’s the item I use most in my kitchen. I had one that was too small and I have a giant processor. This is just right and has enough power. I use this for a lot of plant-based/vegan recipes. It’s perfect to make chickpea spread and salsa or to chop pickles, nuts, etc." —LoveAmazon89

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in six colors).

    25. A money-saving Bluapple freshness ball that'll extend the life of fruits and vegetables by just existing in proximity to your produce.


    Just refill the Bluapple with a new packet every three months. Refills kits available.

    Promising review: "These do seem to work, extending the life of my fruits and vegetable up to a week longer. Change the packet inside on schedule. I shake them occasionally and make sure that no produce is covering the top holes. I bought more for family/friends when I told them about it. No food is more expensive than that which you throw away (thanks, Mom)." —ttmadison

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    26. A scrap collector because food prep usually ends with about as many onions on the floor as there are in your meal. This dishwasher-safe bin easily attaches to drawers to catch scraps and can be popped in the freezer to preserve food for future composting.

    Small bin in green attached to a counter with food scrape inside of it

    Promising review: "I am one of the messiest cooks in the world. When I get done, I usually have scraps around my feet where I have knocked bits of veggies off the counter. I've looked for a long time for something to take care of the problem, but everything seemed like overkill. This container is perfect. It's just the right size. I attach it in front of my belly, and all the stuff that usually hits the floor goes in the container. Plus, I can wipe the counter into it, empty it in the trash, and pop it in the dishwasher." —Patricia Logos

    Get it from Amazon for $12.85+ (also available in black).

    27. A beautiful cast-iron tortilla press kit made in Mexico from old Singer sewing machines so you can knock the socks off of your next vegan taco Tuesday (or Wednesday, no judgments!) with easy but delicious homemade corn tortillas.

    Bright red tortilla maker with balls of dough beside flat, finished pieces
    Verve Culture

    Verve Culture is a woman-owned small business founded by a mother and daughter, Jules and Jacquie. They're based out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and curate products for their shop that are "made in the country of origin using traditional practices." 

    Promising review: "This tortilla press is SO cute and lets you make delicious tortillas super easily. I love the pop of red on my counter and guests always give me compliments when I take it out for Taco Tuesday!" —Carly

    Get it from Verve Culture for $48.

    28. A bunch of Rubbermaid food storage containers with leak-proof lids for easy food prep and airtight leftover storage. They're microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe and won't stain after a week of storing your saucy leftovers!

    This BPA-free plastic 24-piece set includes four 0.5-cup mini containers, four 1.3-cup small containers, two 3.2-cup medium containers, and two 4.7-cup deep containers, plus 12 corresponding lids. the lids also have built-in vents for spplatter-free microwaving.

    Promising review: "I bought these on a whim when they were on sale. I am so glad I got them! They are a sturdy, hard plastic and dishwasher-safe. I love the clamp-on lids with the rubber seal. No escaped smells, stained plastic, or leaks. My set has several different sizes so I always have a container that fits my leftover food. They stack well in my cupboards too! I threw out all my warped and stained Glad plasticware and am replacing them with these. I want to buy another set, but I will wait until they go on sale again. Recommended." —Bookworm from WV

    Get a 24-piece set from Amazon for $39.99.

    29. These reusable stretch silicone lids if you're tired of using cling wrap to not-so-successfully preserve half-used cans of beans or half-chopped onions. These versatile lids lock in freshness and are microwave, freezer *AND* dishwasher safe for super easy cleaning.,

    You'll get 18 lids in six different sizes: 2.5", 3.7", 4.5", 5.5", 6.3", 8.0" diameter.

    Promising review: "These are really nice, flexible lids! I have tons of Tupperware and Pyrex containers but the lids seem to always disappear. I bought these so I didn’t have to keep using Saran Wrap. These are way better because they stay on and don’t get messed up like Saran Wrap tends to do. It’s a plus that they are dishwasher safe as well." —Sophia Kelley

    Get an 18-pack from Amazon for $13.25.

    30. A spoon/colander combo to dramatically simplify the draining process. Now you can fish freshly steamed vegetables straight out of the pot without treating yourself to a face full of steam pouring it all over a strainer.

    A spoon with drainage holes scooping vegetables out of a pot full of water and vegetables

    It's heat resistant up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit and is 100% dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "This pooper scooper looking strainer has become one of the most used gadgets in the kitchen. I didn’t like wire strainer because they were so hard to clean. This is super easy. And really good at picking food when I deep fry in the wok. I also use it for straining leftover soup when I’m done eating so I don’t clog up the sink drain. And super easy to clean." —oel

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three colors).

    31. And, finally, a culinary essentials spice kit that'll take your meals from so-so to WHOA by stocking your cabinet with top-quality versions of commonly used spices from around the globe.

    Curio Spice Co.

    Curio Spice Co. is a woman-owned Cambridge, Massachusetts-based small biz specializing in sustainably produced spices from around the world. The founder, Claire Cheney, is a self-taught cook who, over the last 10 years, has visited and worked on spice farms and communities in over a dozen countries sourcing the best spices to bring back to her native New England.

    The spice set, packed in a gift box with a ribbon, includes Egyptian cumin, toasted and ground in-house Sri Lankan pepper, organic and fair trade Maine sea salt, Maras chile flakes, Sri Lankan turmeric, organic, in-house ground Cassia cinnamon, Greek oregano, and Spanish smoked paprika.

    Get a seven-piece set from Curio Spice Co. for $29.50.

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