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I so often get asked What do I recommend as tools for an ARV Kitchen?” 

The best way for me to answer this is to tell you what gadgets I have in my own kitchen. I’ve included below my MOST favourite kitchen gadgetsthese are the exact gadgets I own and use day-in & day-out in my ARV kitchen.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to have all these kitchen gadgets right away – take time to learn which gadgets are best for you as you explore new recipes – over time your gadget collection will evolve as you discover which tools are right for you!

My aim? To provide you with an easy peasy reference to guide you as you, over time, equip your own ARV kitchen! I hope you find it helpful!

Blendtec Blender

There’s no denying my blenders are my numero uno kitchen gadget that I definitely CANNOT live without. I do love my Refurbished Designer 675 Blender and my Blendtec Twister Jar & Spectacula.

If you want a high powered blender that will create oh-so-creamy smoothies, plus it will make yummy raw almond butter, grind coffee, make ice cream, soups and a whole lot more… then THIS DUO of the Blendtec with the Twister Jar is for you!

Aren’t sure which high-speed blender is right for you? Read my article Choosing a Blender – Vitamix vs Blendtec and decide which blender is right for you!



Blendtec Twister Jar & Spectacula

The one thing I like about the Blendtec is the addition of the Blendtec Twister Jar & Spectacula, this is perfect addition for making thicker recipes and a MUST-HAVE companion piece to go with your Blendtec Blender!

I love the Blendtec Twister Jar & Spectacula because ice cream, hummus, cheesy sauce just got a whole lot easier!



Vitamix Blender

The Vitamix is another of my favourite blenders.  I own a Vitamix and  Blendtec and they are both amazing blenders.  It really comes down to the features that are most important for you.

I personally love my Vitamix almost just as much as my Blendtec… they create super creamy, frothy, deliciousl smoothies, nut butters, soups, they will even chop ice! The options are endless….

Aren’t sure which high-speed blender is right for you? Read my article Choosing a Blender – Vitamix vs Blendtec and decide which blender is right for you!

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amazone nesco dehydratorDehydrator

Although the Excalibur is my desired dehydrator, I really wasn’t sure how much dehydrating I would do, so instead I opted for the Nesco Dehydrator as it had great reviews and was much cheaper than the 9 tray Excalibur.  And I must say the Nesco has served us very well.  And truth be known I don’t dehydrate on a very regular basis, so I’m ok with not having an excalibur. Although I can see how the square shelves of the excalibur would be a lot more convenient than the donut-style shelves of the Nesco.  That said, my favourite thing to make in the dehydrator are my Flaxseed Crackers and Multi-seed Flaxseed Crackers.  There is no comparison with home made flax crackers to the health food store version.  But I guess that goes for most things – better made at home!



Breville Juicer

My juicers are a close second after my blenders. My first juicer was a Breville Fountain and later I added a Omega to the family! I love love LOVE green juice, my fav in the whole-wide-world is Cleansing Juice!

I love how amazing I feel after enjoying my morning green juice. Juices give you even more energy than smoothies and have tons more nutrients in every mouthful. They are very healing and a must in my view.

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Almost Raw Vegan - Kitchen Gadgets (I can't live without)Omega Juicer

About 2 years after buying my Breville Juicer, I added a Omega to the family! The Omega is a step up from the Breville and I really love the quality of juice that is created.

Don’t get me wrong, they are both great juicers and I still use them both. I find the Breville takes a little less time to make juice, where as the Omega gives a better quality juice.

Take a look at my Choosing a Juicer post. If you are in the market to buy, my article will give you mor einsight on the differences of Breville & Omega.



Food Processor

Next to my Blender & Juicer I use my food processor most often. I do love my food processor and I’ve had it for the last 25 years! (yup I was 2 yrs old when I bought it ;-))… or not!

It has been amazing and I use it for so many things – I use it when making Pizza DoughWhole Wheat Bread – it helps to “kneed” the dough by twirling the dough around, making dough/bread making easy peasy and no breadmaker required!  Other recipes for the food processor include Thai PestoKris Carr’s Tuna Salad, plus many of my sweets like Cashew Cranberry Chews and Raw Vegan Chewy Brownie Balls.



Mandolin Slicer

I love my mandolin slicer for making sweet potato chips!  Yup, thinly sliced sweet potatoes, toss with a little olive oil and pepper and bake until crisp!  My favourite.

The trick with Mandolin’s is they are very very sharp, so you have to be very careful.  If you don’t have a mandolin you could use a potato peeler to make the slices very thin, or a good knife and a steady hand 🙂 but there’s no doubt it’s a lot easier and fast with a mandolin slicer.



Joyce Chen – Spiral Slicer

There are two tools I use for making vegetables noodles.  My first spiral slicer was the Joyce Chen which is great if you are just getting started. It has 2 settings and creates more of a light Angle Hair noodle.  The 2nd setting makes wide slices that remain attached.

I love using both tools depending on the texture of noodle that I want.  I used the smaller noodle size to make this Zucchini Noodle & Cherry Tomato Salad!


Spirooli Slicer

Almost Raw Vegan - Kitchen Gadgets (I can't live without)The Spirooli Slicer includes 3 blade options that allow you to create 2 different thickness of noodles plus one that makes larger curley spirals (see apple slices in the picture), all thicker than the Spiral Slicer provide.

If you don’t have a spirooli/spiral slicer and it’s not in your immediate plans to get one, you can also make noodles using a vegetable peeler – you could make more of a thick flat noodles by, for example, “peeling” a zucchini lengthwise.  There’s always a creative way to create the same effect so please don’t feel like you need all of these tools.

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Knife Set

There’s no doubt a good knife set is more than helpful when it comes to all the veggie chopping that goes on in this household!  We have a set of Henckel Knives and they have done us well over the years. I do believe it’s worth it to invest in a good knife set. Henckel Knives are great as are Wusthof and Messermeister.  Take care of them, sharpen regularly and they will last you a lifetime!

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Cutting Board

A good cutting board is a must in the kitchen.  I personally love bamboo cutting boards, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean.  You can buy high-end or lower-end, every price point is available to match your budget. But if you already have something on hand, stick with what you have! No need to buy unless it’s time to replace or upgrade!

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Almost Raw Vegan - Kitchen Gadgets (I can't live without)Citrus Juicer

Ok, I’m totally in love with my new citrus juicer (although mine is white, not yellow).  Hubby bought it for me and I’d never seen this style before.  At first I thought it was a little odd, but oh my gawd I so love it!  It’s fast, so easy to use and easy to clean.  I don’t think twice about using fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice now, especially for our morning lemon water (i.e. juice from 1/2 lemon + water (warm or cold)). Where as my old juicer was a little time consuming to use and a mess to clean so there were times I skipped the fresh juice.  This style wins my vote hands down!



Almost Raw Vegan - Kitchen Gadgets (I can't live without)Nut Milk Bag

I love my nut milk bag. I use it when making almond milk to squeeze out the pulp as well I use it when making my Herbed Cashew Cheese Spread and when making Almond Milk (check out my How-to Video) It’s a small investment with many uses!



Mason Jars

I use mason jars ALL the time.  I mostly use the 500ml and 1-litre size.  When I make smoothies in the morning I pour them into mason jars and bring them to work in a cooler with ice packs. Also, when I’m following a Green Smoothie Cleanse I will make a big batch of smoothies twice a day and store them in mason jars.  It certainly makes my life easier.  That said, you don’t need to invest in mason jars, you can use or recycle any jars that you may have.  Make sure you fill them right to the brim and screw the lid on tightly.  Filling as full as possible will minimize oxygen exposure as it’s exposure to oxygen that will eat up the enzymes.



Almost Raw Vegan - Kitchen Gadgets (I can't live without)Coffee Grinder

I don’t use my coffee grinder for coffee – well, truth be known we have two coffee grinders – one for coffee and the other to grind seeds.  Every week I use our coffee grinder to grind a batch of flaxseeds.  I store them in a small jar in the fridge for the week and use the ground flax in my smoothies and salads.


Click any of the links above and you will be taken directly to Amazon so you can see details about my fav kitchen gadgets.  If you do decide to make a purchase, I receive a very small commission. Rest assured, I ONLY recommend products that I myself use AND LOVE!  


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