Suddenly taking an interest in cooking knock-out vegan recipes but currently have a bare-bones kitchen?  Well we know where you’re coming from.  It is a common phenomenon to become more intrigued by recipes, ingredients, and cooking techniques after taking the plant-based leap.

So where is the best place to start?  We suggest that a few key kitchen items will make your journey easier, make cooking more appealing, and up your ability to wow your friends with your new plant-based creations.

The following is our latest top 10 list of Vegan Fusion recommended kitchen gear.

1. Ceramic Knife: Even amateur home cooks know that the very basic piece of equipment to ensure smooth sailing in the kitchen is a proper knife.  Of high quality and kept sharp, with a little bit of practice, the right knife will ensure speed and accuracy for all your chopping, slicing, julienning, and mincing needs.  We like the ceramic ones: Kyocera is a good brand, and the 5 1/2 inch santoku style is very popular.  http://kyoceraadvancedceramics.com

2. Bamboo Cutting Board: A bamboo version of the timeless cutting board resists scarring, looks lovely, cleans easily, and is renewable and earth-friendly to boot.

3. Blender: A Vitamix is the blender of choice for so many capacities – blends ice with fruits and veggies into smoothies, heats up for soups, makes nut milks and butters, spreads, flours, purees, the list goes on and on. www.vitamix.com  For free shipping in the continental U.S., enter code 06-002510.

4. Food Processor: Something you will likely use again and again, as it is called upon in countless recipes for practically unlimited functions.  Makes salsas and dressings, turns oats and buckwheat into flour, chops nuts and vegetables, and left whirring long enough, can even make nut butters.  We recommend a Cuisinart. https://www.cuisinart.com/products/food_processors.html

5. Citrus Juicer: A citrus juicer can increase your efficiency above and beyond hand juicing – getting the majority of the juice out of a lemon or lime and reducing the need for seed removal.

6. Finger Peeler: This small device slips on to your finger and from there, you can peel anything with ease.

7. Zester: Invaluable for zesting citrus, ginger, and grating dark chocolate.  Try a Microplane. http://us.microplane.com/microplaneclassicserieszestergrater.aspx

8. Garlic Press: If chopping and mincing garlic isn’t your thing, invest in a good garlic press.  Newer models are easy to clean and don’t even need clove-peeling.

9. Sprout Bags/Seed and Nut Milk Bags: These handy bags have multiple functions – you can soak nuts and seeds in them, use them as a strainer for raw nut milks or juice, and go about sprouting large nuts and seeds in them too.

10. Dehydrator: If your are ready to up your raw food preparation game, it may be time to invest in a dehydrator for making tasty raw snacks like kale chips.  From preserving excess produce, to making fruit leather, or dehydrated crackers and cookies, a dehydrator can make raw un-cooking an adventure.  Try the Sedona model. http://www.tribestlife.com/productdisplay/tribest-sedona-sd-p9000-b-rawfood-dehydrator?idcategory=79&idproduct=708