- The more you cook, the more money you will save
While vegetarian dishes at restaurants are typically cheaper than dishes with meat, they are still more expensive compared to meals that you can cook at home. Cooking at home has another important benefit for vegans and vegetarians: when you cook at home, you are in full control of the ingredients that you use.
- Investing in high-quality kitchen equipment makes sense
While you can do without many of the tools and equipment, using them will save you a lot of time. Quality kitchen equipment will serve you for a long time and you will enjoy using it more compared to cheap items. This is true about most of the tools, be it high-quality knives, food processors with a lot of functionality or even pots and pans.
- Cooking vegetarian meals at home will allow you to become more creative
Spending some time in the kitchen figuring out how to put together a new vegetarian meal will help you take your creativity to the next level. After you master basic vegetarian cooking skills, you’ll be able to experiment and improvise with rice, buckwheat, quinoa and many ethnic foods and spices available to vegetarians.
- You don’t need a large collection of pots and pans
What you need is several good quality items in several sizes. You also don’t need top-of-the-line equipment. Pots and pans made out of stainless steel are safe to use and make a good choice for vegetarian cooks. Getting started with four to six pots and pans is a good way to go.
- You don’t need many knives
Just like with pots and pans, you don’t need many knives. Meat cooks need way more knives than vegetarians and vegans do. Start with four different kinds of knives: a serrated knife, a paring knife, a 10-inch serrated bread knife and a 10-inch chef’s knife.
- Get the extras that you will use
If you plan on baking, get cookie sheets and a few baking pans. Any vegetarian could use some mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, and a colander. These tools do not cost much, but they will help you get much better results.
- Clean up some space
Cleaning up some space is at least as important as having the right tools and gadgets. The rule of thumb is not to keep appliances on your countertop if you use them less than two or three times a week. Make room for the tools that you do use and have some space so that you can cook quickly and easily.
- A high-speed blender may come very handy
Blenders are extremely useful when making fresh smoothies and blends. One of the advantages that blenders have over juicers is that blenders preserve fibers that are so useful for your body.
- Invest in a quality food processor
Use a food processor to grate, mince and chop cabbage, onions and other vegetables and fruits. If you cook for an entire family, get a large, full-size processor. It will quickly become an indispensable tool in your vegetarian kitchen.
- Take a look at various cookers
You can get a rice cooker, a pressure cooker or a slow cooker. It all depends on the foods you like to cook. Many of the models have temperature controls and timers that allow you to prepare foods even when you are not home.