10 Things Every Vegan Kitchen Needs

Most of us, when we made the switch to vegan (or even vegetarian), realized that our kitchens were suddenly poorly set up for our diets.  It can take a long time and a lot of confusion and frustration to get your kitchen really in shape for your lifestyle.  I'm here to make that a little easier on you.

Here are 10 items every vegan kitchen needs:



1. Spice Rack


Homemade Spice Rack
Made for me by my lovely husband Tyler.


Every good vegan cook needs a well-stocked spice rack.  After all, tofu is quite bland by itself.


Wood, screws, and hook: Lowe's
Paint and chalkboard paint: Michael's
Jars and measuring spoons: World Market


Similar items can be found here:


Spice jars on Amazon









Spice spoons on Amazon












Chalkboard paint on Amazon












Spice rack on Amazon















 
2. Food Processor

 

Ninja food processor
I LOVE my Ninja.




I use this thing ALL the time.  From smoothies for breakfast to cashew cheese for vegan mac n cheeze, this is a lifesaver.  I think I would die without my mac n cheeze.



I am pretty sure I got mine at Sam's Club (or Costco?).  You can get one on Amazon:
 


Ninja Food Processor and Blender on Amazon .




...or Target:


Ninja Food Processor and Blender at Target.com.





3. Silicone Baking Mats
 

Artisan Metal Works silicone baking pad



I use this all the time because I avoid added oils.  It allows me to bake things like tofu and fries and all kinds of other deliciousness without having to put unnecessary grease on the pan!  It also helps protect my nice pans (I have a nonstick baking sheet that I don't feel like scratching and getting Teflon poisoning).


I got mine on Amazon.  They come in a set of two!  And they're super durable.


Artisan Metal Works mat on Amazon











 They also have the Silpat brand available (a super popular version of this):


Silpat mat on Amazon















4. Beer/Wine/Liquor Glasses

 

Beer, wine and liquor glasses
I think these speak for themselves.



Okay, this one isn't exactly vegan-specific.  EVERYONE needs a set of these (watch comment section become aflame with "Jill advocates alcoholism!!!!").

My set is mostly an amalgamation of pieces from thrift stores, garage sales, and Ross/TJMaxx.  However I do know that you can find the set of beer glasses I got for Tyler last Christmas on Amazon:



Libbey beer glasses on Amazon









They're Libbey, so they're nice and sturdy, plus they make a really awesome gift for a man who likes beer.  They're great for women who like beer too, of course, but I suggest it particularly for men just because they can be so damn difficult to buy for.




5. Storage Containers


Wide range of storage containers.



These are super important for a vegan kitchen because you'll find yourself up to your ears in various beans, lentils, rice, nuts, seeds, grains, and so on.  As you can see in the picture I've upcycled quite a few used jars to supplement my nice containers, and I highly recommend it.  The nice containers pictured are OXO brand and they are expensive but completely worth it.  Airtight and tough.  You can get them on Amazon, and they're reasonably priced, but I recommend keeping your eye open for a sale at Costco if you can wait, because you can get a big set for a steal.


10-piece set on Amazon













6. Freezer


big freezer
Kitty not included.




I understand this is not in everyone's budget, but if you can manage it, it will make your life SO much easier.  I buy giant bags of frozen fruit and veggies from Costco and store them all in there, plus I have tons of tupperware full of soups and chilies and such that I made in bulk and froze for lunches (especially handy if you or your S.O. sometimes works through dinner too, like my poor Navy husband).


I got mine at Costco, on sale.  I'd link to Amazon for this one but that just seems silly!  ;)  Costco is great if you can manage it but otherwise I would think Sears or some such appliance store would have a good price on these too.  Be sure to choose a freezer that's well-rated for energy use, even if it's a little pricier--it will save you money in the long run, plus it's more responsible!




7. Hanging Basket


hanging fruit basket




You have no idea how useful this thing is until you have it.  Mine is fairly empty right now (it's grocery day, I'm out of food, and I am ignoring hunger pains in favor of the internet), but normally this thing is full of potatoes, onions, avocados, garlic, oranges, etc., which frees up a LOT of counter space.

I got mine at World Market:

Available at WorldMarket.com



...but you can also get a similar item at Amazon for a little less (how full is your Amazon cart by now?  Lol)


Wire Basket on Amazon














8. Coffee setup


Coffee Station
The Coffee Zone



If you're a coffee drinker, you know how important the coffee setup is.  I have a whole section of counter dedicated solely to coffee (and as you can see, I have several kinds included Turkish/Armenian).  And everyone knows vegans need a good pick-me-up in the morning to keep them from grumpily stabbing all the people who will inevitably ask them that day how they get their protein and/or iron.


I love my coffee pot (a generous hand-me-down from Tyler's grandparents) because it holds the coffee inside the pot (which keeps it warmer) and you just eject the amount you want at a time straight into your cup.  It feels futuristic.  A newer version of it is available on Amazon:


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