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If there’s one kitchen item I can’t live without, it would have to be a good old cast iron skillet. You might have noticed appearances from my favorite 1o inch skillet in a few of my photos. I photograph it often because I use it often, and I swear, it makes everything taste better, even frozen veggie burgers. If you’re new to cast iron cooking, a skillet set with multiple sizes is a good budget-friendly starting place.
Sticking with the cast iron theme, a Dutch oven is another awesome tool to have. Like the skillets, it cooks beautifully and evenly, but a Dutch oven is great for soups, stews and anything too volumous to go in a plain old skillet. Cast iron can go on the stovetop, in the oven, and back and forth between the two, which always comes in handy with a bigger vessel like this.
One of my first posts was pretty much centered around an earlier model of the machine you see below. It’s one of those older, and a little embarassing posts, but suffice it to say, I was pretty darn pleased with the thing, as I still am. If you consume your fair share of soy, almond, or pretty much any other vegan milk, this baby will be a worthwhile investment indeed.
This is a “nice to have” item, but it’s one I cherish. I’ve had my bamboo steamer for probably ten years at this point. I don’t bust it out all that often, but when it comes in handy, it really comes in handy. It allows me to steam things like potstickers without worrying that they will stick together. I can also steam tons of veggies at one time and it doubles as a super cute serving vessel.
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