A few trusted appliances and tools that make my time in the kitchen easier, more efficient and fun.
Blendtec High Speed Blender: this one is an investment for sure, but it’s been one of the best purchases I’ve made in my life. I use this blender every single day to make so many things – smoothies, soups, sauces, flour, creams and mousses of all kinds. I got mine, refurbished, six years ago and it still works like new.
Food Processor: Makes mixing up batters for baking and things like falafel and veggie burgers incredibly painless. Also, homemade nut and seed butters are a breeze to whip up, and cheaper than buying pre-made. More recently, I’ve re-discovered the shredding attachment and now you will rarely see me shredding things by hand.
Ice Cream Maker: An affordable, simple and very fun appliance that’s completely upped my frozen dessert game. I almost never buy ice cream anymore, because the homemade kind is so easy to make and I can make it taste exactly how I like it (not too sweet!). Having this machine also allows me to experiment with all kinds of wild flavors (ex: curry, kaffir lime, kabocha squash). I’ve had an older model of this ice cream maker for years, but Masha just got this updated model and it’s noticeably quieter.
Omega Juicer: just the best. I juice a lot so this was a worthy investment. Before this, I had a very slow old school masticating juicer that was the biggest pain to clean. Juicing with Omega is a breeze in comparison. Putting it together is very easy and cleaning is quite quick, as long as you don’t mind dealing with a few parts. The juice comes out clean, smooth and mostly pulp-free.
Dehydrator: This guy has been kind of neglected in my kitchen the past few years (I mainly use it to make sprouted buckwheat crisps and to dry grapes into plump raisins in the fall), but since this blog has such a big archive of delicious raw dishes that call for time in the dehydrator, I’m including it in this list. Also, non-stick Teflex sheets for lining the trays.
Bamboo Steamer: One of the simplest, most affordable and elegant kitchen tools. Steaming veggies is quick and straightforward with this one.
Nut Bags: Perfect for straining when making nut milk, works 100% better than cheesecloth. Also great for sprouting seeds/nuts/legumes – you can leave them to sprout right in the bag, so there’s no need to transfer to a strainer for the daily rinsing.
Spoon Oil: I use this natural ‘Mystery Oil’ for treating wooden cutting boards and utensils.
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