Kitchen Equipment Recommendations
Over the years, I’ve found these items extremely useful and reliable. Even so, they are not 100% necessary for these recipes and are just my recommendations. You can very well use the tools you already have in your kitchen, that serve the same designated purpose.
The Vitamix Aspire Blender:
The Vitamix is one of those products that I use pretty much each and every day because it’s so versatile! It’s perfect for smoothies, soups, purees, cheesecakes, cauliflower rice, energy ball mixes, you name it (and the occasional cocktail, too!).
The super-speed blender looks pretty awesome on the counter and works its magic on so many various ingredients that I often find myself looking upon it as a personal challenge to see what it can’t help with. Another bonus for me is it being portable enough to take with me on retreats, or wherever my work takes me, as it does the job of so many different products in one. Oh, and you won’t believe how easy it is to clean – yet it is! As I don’t have time to spend hours on fiddly bits and pieces and also because, as we all know, cleaning up is the least popular part of cooking, this fantastic blender fits in perfectly with my busy schedule!
I mentioned earlier how versatile my Vitamix is – the main reason why I said it are its interchangeable jugs/containers that can be suited to any task you require, whether it be portion size, or wet and dry ingredients.
Now, the Vitamix is not the cheapest blender in the world, let’s be honest. Starting at £400, I agree it’s something easy to consider a luxury purchase, but I prefer to consider it an investment and let me tell you why. Many of my favourite recipes which I most often recommend and include in my own diet too are about a lot of grinding nuts and other heavy ingredients that can cause a lot of ware and tear quite quickly. The Vitamix may be more expensive, but buy cheap, buy twice – it’s what I like to say. Nevertheless, there are other affordable blenders, easy to fit in any budget. One of them is…
The NutriBullet or Nutri Ninja:
There are plenty of blenders on the market, and most of them will do a good job of mixing ingredients. However, there are huge differences in how thoroughly blenders break down ingredients. Those designed to break through even the smallest and hardest ingredients will turn out the smoothest smoothies. These blenders also help unlock vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids (such as Omega-3s) that have been trapped within the cell walls of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
The Vitamix, one of the most established blender brands out there, has become famous for its high-powered motor and laser-cut blades that can turn even the most fibrous ingredients into a healthy concoction with an exceptionally smooth, velvety texture. While NutriBullet’s 600-watt motor is small, compared to the motors of most Vitamix blenders, it can provide serious competition to the Vitamix blenders when it comes to creating the smoothest smoothies. The NutriBullet system features patented extractor blades which, together with a motor equipped with cyclonic action, are enough to turn even heartier vegetables and ice into smooth drinks full of fiber and vitamins.
NutriBullet blenders are also amazing because they take up so little space on the counter in the kitchen. For how compact they are they are pretty amazing.
A good set of knives that are sharp and comfortable to use
Some home chefs can get really into knives and go really overboard with them. You don’t need to go crazy and spend an absolute fortune to get a good set of high quality, sharp chefs knives.
I highly recommend a great brand called Victorianox. They are cheap and really really amazing. I have actually still got my first ever Victorianox chefs knives and it’s still going strong 12 years on. They are great, they stay sharp for a long time, are very easy to sharpen, comfortable and long lasting. Couldn’t ask for more and you can pick up a 5 knives set for around £50. Wow!
There are so many uses for the simple vegetable peeler.
The obvious: peeling veg. But I also use it for ribboning for salads – come to think about it, so much of my salad prep is done with a peeler! You can also get julienne peelers if you want a finer cut for salads.
A decent thick chopping board is a must-have. Either made of wood or thick plastic so that i doesn’t bow in the dishwasher and ideally some rubber feet on the bottom so that it doesn’t slide around your worktop. My most recent favourite for home use is the bamboo chopping board.
This is a must for those rostis and fritters that you are going to be making right after this lesson ends. It’s a real good way of speeding up your food prep.
These items will equip you well throughout this course and beyond. And now, let’s have some proper fun in the kitchen!