These are all tools I have and recommend. The link will take you to Amazon, where I have found the lowest prices.
- Good knives: 1 serated, 1 paring, and 1 larger basic chopping knife-I HIGHLY recommend Shun knives, but find one that feels right in your hand
- Good pots/pans-I love All Clad-skip the non-stick, they chip and can be toxic. Heat up your pan before adding your food, and with a little water, things won’t stick. Get a few pieces at a time to break up the cost. It’s worth it! You’ll have them a LONG time!
- Salad Spinner-really helps to dry those greens
- Cutting Boards-have a few of different sizes
- Stick Blender: we use a Cuisinart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender Great for: pureeing soups and sauces (Link goes to Amazon)
- Food Processor (a must for shredding veggies): We use a Cuisinart that is on its16th year but you can get this Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus 11-Cup Food Processor on amazon
- LOVE MY INSTAPOT!!!!! This thing can go on vacations with you in the car, to allow you to make food anywhere. It works as a crockpot, a sauce pan, a rice cooker, and a pressure cooker. Press a button and it sets the time for you without any overflowing mess! Seriously, get one! The go on sale often at Amazon.
- Stove Top Pressure Cooker: I use a Fagor Splendid 10-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner-LOVE it! I use it almost A LOT, and now I can cook one thing in it and another dish in my Instapot!
- Vitamix: this is our favorite blender. It’s expensive, but can grind up whole foods so you can get the maximum amount of vitamins (peels included). Absolutely awesome for smoothies, vegan ice creams,soups, etc. Comes with a cookbook as well.
- Dehydrator, I use an Excalibur and love it (I have the one with the timer which I recommend). I also recommend getting the 9-tray vs smaller varieties. It gives you the most flexibility and you will fill it if you’re dehydrating. Excalibur Dehydrator, With Timer (you might want to get the sheets to go with if you’re going to make things like fruit leather or crackers
but a Nesco 4-Tray Food Dehydrator would be a great starting dehydrator
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- Paderno Sprializer: Awesome for making healthy veggie noodles! Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer
- Cherry Pitter-this allows you to do cherries much faster than one at a time. Just be sure to check and make sure they’ve been pitted
- Microplane: used for zesting and grating ginger. Very easy to use!
- Cast iron pans and griddle; try to get rid of your non-stick pans. They flake and the coating has been know to be carcinogenic (we’re in the process of slowly replacing all of ours)
- Pizza Stones and other stoneware pans; we love Pampered Chef
- Hot Air Popper makes a great snack
- Glass bowls to store food in
- Loaf pans-9×5 and 8×4 (2 of each)
- Cookie Sheets with a SilpatNon-Stick Silicone Baking Mat (silicon cooking mats)
- Strainers: hand-held ones, and a larger one
- Canning equipment; if you intend on preserving the harvest. I love Ball products this is a link for a kit Ball Enamel Water Bath Canner, Including Chrome-Plated Rack and 4-Piece Utensil Set, I also like the Ball Preserving Book for recipes.
- Vacuum Sealer; we use a Food Saver, the model I have is no longer available but this FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System with Bonus Built-in Retractable Handheld Sealer, Starter Kit, Heat-Seal and Zipper Bags is most similar , and can get replacement bags on Amazon the least expensively (link goes to Amazon)
- Funnels: helps to pour liquids or dry grains into canning jars