My husband and I–ok, maybe mostly me–are in a perpetual process of eliminating things we don’t need, especially in the kitchen, where we tend to accumulate appliances and gadgets. It feels like our apartment is a revolving door of Goodwill boxes and Craigslist ads; downsizing can be addicting.
It’s taken some time, but we’ve finally gotten our kitchen down to (mostly) just the essentials. We still have a waffle iron for that occasional craving, and that pasta machine for the day we finally attempt to make gluten-free garbanzo pasta, but below are the things we use on a regular basis.
I’ll update this post if/when things change, but here are our must-have kitchen essentials that have both stood the test of time and will not be seeing a secondhand owner any time soon!
MY FAVORITE WATER FILTER
We could not live without this! The Big Berkey Water Filter was my favorite splurge of 2017. After researching filters for hours, I concluded this was the best because of its long filter life, large volume, and extremely thorough filter job.
MY FAVORITE TEA KETTLE
As a tea connoisseur/addict, I love my Chefman Electric Glass Digital Tea Kettle with Tea Infuser. Did you know different teas require different water temperatures? Yep! I like how you can control the water temperature (120°F-212°F) and brew an entire kettle of tea with the included infuser. There’s also a clever mesh strainer at the spout.
MY FAVORITE ALL-IN-ONE-MACHINE
I never thought I’d say this, but with today’s technology, there’s just no need for expensive blenders and food processors! At about $150, the Ninja Blender/Food Processor is the most bang for your buck solution if you’re looking for a quality blender, food processor, and smoothie/sauce/spice grinder combo. I used a BlendTec and Cuisinart Food Processor for almost a decade but then sold them in favor of this all-in-one machine. While I sometimes miss the power of those high-end machines, I don’t miss it enough to justify the cost. This Ninja gets the job done.
MY FAVORITE FOOD DEHYDRATOR
For over a decade, I’ve been using the 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator to make raw breads, crackers, dried fruits and veggies, and other raw vegan treats. These are the gold standard in food dehydrators, and the great news is that they seem to get less expensive every year! In 2012, I accidentally dropped a 25 lb weight on top of it, totally cracking it to bits. I glued it back together and it still works like new! These things are tough.
MY FAVORITE JUICER
Ok, here’s the thing. The Tribest Greenstar Elite Juicer isn’t the cheapest juicer on the market, but it is absolutely the best home juicer your money can buy. I don’t juice often, but when I do, I like to extract the most possible juice and maintain the highest possible micronutrient content for the longest period of time. Otherwise, what’s the point? This juicer does just that. Juice remains nutritionally viable for up to 72 hours (as opposed to <1 day). The only downside (besides the ~$550 price tag) is that it’s kind of a bitch to clean. But it’s worth it for the superior quality juice. If you’re a regular juicer or someone who enjoys the occasional juice cleanse, this is your juicer. No question.
MY FAVORITE VEGAN/VEGETARIAN COOKBOOKS
I have way too many cookbooks, but these are the ones I go back to again and again. I highly recommend each and every one of them.
What are your favorite kitchen essentials? Do you think I missed anything?