High speed, high power, professional blender. There are few blenders out there that you’ll hear their owners rave about more than a Vitamix. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. You’ll never buy another blender for the rest of your life. You can make almost anything in this thing – from salad dressings, to soups, to ice cream. “This blender changed my life” isn’t an overstatement.
There are so many juicers out there it’s overwhelming. Typically, the “you get what you pay for” advice is well-heeded when it comes to juicers. Here are three we’ve vetted and recommend:
This is the juicer we use. It does take some work to clean, but because it’s a masticating juicer it doesn’t heat the produce at all as it juices, which means you’re getting maximum nutritional value. As a bonus, you can also make nut butters with this machine.
This is a much faster and easier to clean juicer. Chef James uses it for several of his private clients to rave reviews. It does heat the produce slightly, but not to the point of doing serious damage to the nutritional value of the juice.
This is the Rolls Royce of juicers. It’s much easier to clean than the GreenStar, but of course you pay for that luxury.
This is the dehydrator we use at home. It works well, it’s easy to clean, and it’s large enough for all the recipes we’ve included in the cookbook without taking up too much space. There are larger versions (the 10-rack option, for example) but really you don’t need that much space unless you are feeding a LOT of people.
This is the basic Japanese style mandoline. It lays flat across a bowl and is a less costly option. Because it’s made from plastic, it tends to stain over time. This doesn’t affect its performance, just the aesthetic.
This is the mandoline that we use. It’s a little sturdier than the Japanese style above, and because it’s stainless steel it cleans nicely and won’t stain. You can set it on the counter or just over a cutting board. Because it’s more stable and it has a bigger hand guard, there are fewer accidents with it.
This is the food processor we use and love. It’s a little spendy, but as with the Vitamix, you get what you pay for and if you go this route, you’ll not need to replace it down the road.
Pots and Pans
Here are two really good sets of pots and pans that will give you everything you need:
This is a more basic set. Not as expensive but still really good quality. This is a good option for those on a budget.
These are the knives that we use in our kitchen. They’re a German brand of exceptional quality. If you take good care of these three knives, they’re all you’ll need. Watch our Knife Skillz video for tips and tricks on how to maintain the sharpness of your knives.
This is the type of cutting board we use most often. We like the bamboo because it’s a very firm wood, and doesn’t cut or stain.
If you want to preserve and lengthen the life of your cutting board, treat it with some mineral oil about once every month or every other month.
This digital scale is a version of what we use. You don’t need to spend a lot of money here, and only get this if you want to be incredibly precise with your measurements (for baking, in particular).