We have covered a couple of essential tools for a healthy kitchen on our last blog – namely juicers and dehydrators. There are still a couple of other pieces of equipment that are essential tools for making healthy quick recipes. The one we use the most is our high powered blender and lastly our spiral slicer.
A high powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec is crucial for making smoothies, nut milks, sauces, dressings, grinding seeds such as flax or chia, making pudding and even hot soups. When we first started off on our raw vegan adventure we initially bought a cheap low wattage, low horsepower model from a local department store for under $80. We soon found out that it could not stand up to the test of making almonds milks or blending anything thick for long periods of time. The motor would start to smell and overheat. After only a few weeks we would be buying another one to replace the burnt out unit. We went through three blenders and a magic wand hand blender in less than 6 months before finally spending the money on a Vitamix high end blender. The difference was like night and day. Everything we blended was so much smoother and less gritty. The yields from the almond milk were higher since the machine could pulverize the almonds finer than the original blender we had. The smoothies were smoother and the machine could handle thicker recipes and could also make hot soups in just a few minutes. We do have to say that this blender certainly changed the way we prepare food. Don’t get me wrong, both the Vitamix and Blendtec can do the same job since they are both high powered blenders. You can’t go wrong with either one. So why is this essential for your kitchen? Because you are able to make fresh homemade recipes and you can now control the ingredients you use. Instead of buying preservative filled sauces, nut milks full of sugar and additives, soups filled with ingredients you can’t pronounce, you can now make all these in seconds using fresh ingredients. You can even use it to make nut butters and ice slushies using fresh fruit for your kids or the kid inside you!
Moving along, we get to the one tool that all our guests want – our spiral slicer. This cool tool can help replace the starch filled pasta we typically find in stores by making home made noodles from veggies – like zucchini noodles. Simply position the veggie in the machine turn the handle while applying a bit of pressure and voila… instant zucchini spaghetti noodles. Our Spirooli model also comes with 2 other blades. The thicker blade makes curly sweet potato fries or thick curly garnishes and the flat blade makes “slinky” like garnishes. Add your favourite homemade Thai, Curry, Tomatoe or Alfredo sauce and some of your favourite veggies to the noodles and you have a quick entree or meal that is both nutritious ad delicious.
Whats your favourite kitchen tool? What kitchen appliance that we mentioned changed your life? We would love to read your comments so please post them below.