Planning to go vegetarian? Don’t know how to start?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with questions on how to become a vegetarian. You might be wondering what kind of cooking appliances you should always have handy and which ones to scratch off the priority list.
Well, no need to fret anymore! Turns out you already have most of these cooking appliances in your kitchen, and if you don’t, we’re giving you the top 4 trending cooking appliances experts are using to make their food colorful and delicious.
The rice cooker is a staple in all Asian kitchens and if you don’t have one in your kitchen already, you need to know exactly what you should be looking for in a rice cooker.
The first thing you need to know is how well it actually cooks rice. Not all rice cookers are created equal – some rice cookers are capable of cooking almost any variety of rice, while others can only cook one or two varieties.
For starters, there are 7 different types of rice so you might want to know if your rice cooker is capable of cooking all of them without hassle. If you do not like the idea of butter on your rice, you can opt for rice cookers with a non-stick surface.
Splurging on the best rice cooker is not a bad thing. When you become a vegetarian, you want to have as much variety and freedom in food as possible. Top of the line rice cookers like the Instant Pot, not only cooks rice for you, but it can serve you 8 different purposes.
The Instant Pot has been trending ever since 2016 due to its multipurpose abilities. Aside from its usual pressurized meals, you can do super cool things like make yogurt with it. It is also capable of cooking other things traditional cookers can’t do, for example, it can boil an egg within minutes.
Who doesn’t like waffles? Waffles are cheap, tasty, easy to make, heavy on the stomach, and definitely light on the pocket. The waffle maker is every vegetarian’s go-to when they want to eat something that can be cooked fast and can make them full instantly.
Waffles make great breakfasts and they are super easy to make. However, if you have not experienced cooking them on your own, you are likely to have a problem with waffles that are heavily undercooked in the middle or are too burnt to eat.
The most important factor to consider when buying a waffle maker is to make sure that it makes waffles that are evenly cooked on every side. Also, they should not take long to heat up and actually cook. Being able to clean the waffle maker easily is also a bonus.
Among the trendy waffle skillets nowadays are those make Belgian and stuffed waffles easily. These kind of waffles are extra fluffy and bigger than the regular ones. On the other hand, if you’ve mastered the art of waffle making and consider yourself the creative type, there are plenty of skillet shapes and styles to choose from nowadays.
These fancy waffle makers sure make breakfast a lot more fun and fulfilling.
If you think that KitchenAid Mixers are for nothing but making bread or cakes, you are dead wrong! There are actually more surprising ways to use a KitchenAid Mixer now that you’re a vegetarian
If you are a fan of mashed potatoes, you’ll love the idea of making things faster with the Kitchenaid mixer. Using your hands to crush boiled potatoes is surely a workout but hard work does not really guarantee success. You will likely still end up with lumps or mashed potatoes that are too dry.
On the other hand, with a Kitchenaid mixer you will be able to easily break boiled potato chunks and slowly work your way to the thickness and consistency you prefer. However, Kitchenaid mixers are very large and may not fit in your drawers or even countertops.
If you are not the type that bakes, you can go for a hand mixer. There are a lot of hand mixers out there and if you are a beginner it can get overwhelming. But if there’s anything you want to remember, it is that the hand mixer should be at least 200 watts, which means the motor is fast and it should be flexible enough to let you choose from at least 4 speeds.
Now that we have enough of good carbohydrate sources (rice, waffles, and potatoes), let’s move on to the healthier stuff— juices! Some plants are better off as a juice than they are cooked, so a juicer always comes handy. If you do not like the watery consistency of juices from juicers, you can get a blender instead.
If you are planning to buy a juicer for your home, you have to know first what type of juicer you are actually planning to get. To start off, there are two major types of juicers- slow juicers and fast juicers.
Fast juicers, as the name itself, suggests, juice fast and they are the recommended juicer for beginners. If you are new to juicing, the fast juicer will help you get the hang of juicing and adjust according to your pace. They are also way cheaper than slow juicers.
And if you have an on-the-go lifestyle and you don’t have an hour or more to wait for a glass of juice, fast juicers really do the trick. The only caveat is that they seem to heat up a little because the motor or the machine heats up, and enzymes and nutrients are lost or they evaporate.
Aside from not getting the maximum nutrient benefit from fast juicers, they are also not the best in getting the maximum amount of juice and produce more pulp than slow juicers.
Lastly, fast juicers are not easy to clean because they are typically big and have more parts.
Slow juicers are for advanced users and for those who have the time to wait for that perfect juice. Slow juicers are on the more pricey scale but they produce the best juice, and also provide you with the most enzymes and nutrients. The juice from slow juicers also lasts longer than other types of juicers and tastes the same when kept in a refrigerator.
You can juice vegetables with a slow juicer as well, oo, and you won’t have as much pulp available as with the fast juicer. Soft juicers are also quite tricky to clean and cost two or three times more than the regular juicers.
Going vegetarian is going to ask for drastic changes not only in your diet but also on your lifestyle. Go easy and observe your body as you go through the process. It may ask for more effort in making your food than usual, but that doesn’t mean it has to hurt your wallet.