Favorite Finds from The Carrot Underground! Equipping your vegan kitchen doesn’t need to cost a lot. Here are our top 15 Kitchen Essentials Under $15!
I love to cook & enjoy it even more when I have the right tools.
I’m always on the lookout for great new cookware and kitchen items. I love finding products that can help me create scrumptious meals and make food prep (and clean-up) a lot easier and more enjoyable in the process. Having the right tools in the kitchen can help save time, eliminate the frustration of a failed attempt at a new recipe, and in the long-run, save money. Plus, there is just something about a new kitchen accessory that can inspire me to cook!
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The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to equip your kitchen with a bunch of fancy gadgets that you’ll rarely, if ever use. In fact, a few basic essentials are all you need to prepare delicious and memorable meals. With so many new kitchen tools, appliances, and accessories constantly coming on the market, I like to do my homework before spending my hard-earned cash on something that may not meet my expectations.
With that in mind, I have assembled the following list of 15 super useful, thoughtfully designed and crafted kitchen items that I love and use. Best of all…they’re each under $15!*
*at time of publication
15 Kitchen Essentials Under $15
1. OXO Good Grips Little Salad Dressing Shaker
What I love about this: Like all OXO products, this little shaker is brilliantly designed with the cook in mind. It’s the ideal size for mixing, serving, and storing salad dressings and marinades. It’s easy to clean and I love that I can open and close it with just one hand & it’s pretty darn cute, to boot!
Buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ySnn6m
2. Heavy-Duty Stainless Measuring Spoons, Set of 6
What I love about these: First of all, they’re superbly crafted in polished stainless steel. Secondly, and equally important, the tablespoon actually fits into every spice jar or tin I have in my cabinet! Plus, there’s 6 different sizes, including a ¾ and 1/8 teaspoon. Hint: Remove spoons from ring before washing in dishwasher.
Buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Z1cZ6Y
3. Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale
What I love about this: Cooking just became a lot less complicated & measuring a lot more accurate with this wonderful little food scale. Not only does it work great, it looks great (available in lots of colors) and is priced under $15. Plus, with more than 15,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this scale is worth its weight in gold!
Buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YJ4Skf
4. Eco-Friendly Reusable Mesh Produce Bags (Set of 9)
What I love about these: They’re durable, easy to use, eco-friendly, AND they won’t end up in the ocean! I really appreciate the convenience of having the Tare weights on each bag, it makes it much easier at checkout. My veggies stay fresh & I feel good knowing I’m not harming the environment or sea life. Added benefit: You can use them for a lot more than storing produce!
Buy the set on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2yRqc7S
5. OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Peeler Set
What I love about these: The bar has now been raised with veggie peelers. This 3-piece set is exactly the design and quality you expect from OXO, but they’ve made them even better by including a serrated peeler, a swivel peeler, AND a julienne peeler. Stainless steel and dishwasher safe. The safety covers are such a smart idea. No more cut fingers while searching around in the utensil drawer! And those colors!
Buy the set on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2H3iEDv
6. Cotton Buffalo Check Plaid Dish Towels, Set of 3
What I love about these: 100% cotton, super quality and ultra-absorbent. I’ve washed mine a zillion times and they still look great. And they’re gingham. Hello.
Buy the set on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Z1e5j6
7. Italian Olive Wood Spoon, Handcrafted in Europe
What I love about this: Every home cook needs at least one really good wooden spoon. A well-made spoon can last for generations. I still use my mom’s big spoon she used to stir soups and sauces. The great thing about wood utensils is they won’t scratch the interior of your enameled pots and pans. This particular spoon is handcrafted from olive wood and has an extra-long handle, perfect for those deep pots of soup.
Buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TmOQa1
8. Pyrex Measuring Cups, 3-Piece Set
What I love about these: I bet there isn’t a kitchen in America that doesn’t have at least one Pyrex measuring cup. The design has changed only slightly over the last several decades, but the quality and brand is still the same we all know and love.
Buy this set on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KGpr75
9. Microplane Zester Grater, 18/8 Stainless Steel
What I love about this: What a difference the right tool can make! I was really excited when I bought this & decided I would put it to the test, so I gathered a variety of ingredients I’d typically grate using different kitchen utensils. Well, this one tool has officially replaced the others. It creates perfect lemon or lime zest, easily shreds ginger, and finely grates nutmeg and hard vegan parmesan. The super sharp, well designed 18/8 stainless blade is made in the USA, is dishwasher safe, and comes with a protective cover. Did I mention it comes in 13 fabulous colors and has more than 1,700 5-star reviews?
Buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/33ro0Ca
10. Swedish Dishcloths, Eco-Friendly, Set/3
What I love about these: Reusable, washable, biodegradable, super absorbent, & so much better than paper towels – I LOVE these cloths! Plus, look at those adorable prints! There’s even a super cute kitty print for all of us crazy cat people.
Buy them on Amazon: https://amzn.to/31vJZWK
11. Set of 8 BPA Free Stainless Steel Drinking Straws
What I love about these: Like many of you, I’m committed to reducing the amount of disposable plastic I use. Living close to the coast, I am constantly picking up plastic debris, like single use bags and drinking straws on the beach. But I also really like using straws with my smoothies and blended drinks. I’ve tried several types of reusable straws, and these are my favorite. Made of high quality, precision finished stainless steel. I love the 4 different options in sizes and really appreciate the removable, soft silicone tips, which helps protect your teeth.
Buy the set on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KrzzBL
12. Adjustable Rolling Pin
What I love about this: Well, whoever came up with this design is a genius. No more guesswork when rolling out cookie dough or pie crust. Baking just got a whole lot easier!
Buy this on Amazon: https://amzn.to/31tLjcw
13. Buffalo Plaid Pot Holders, Set of 2
What I love about these: They’re beautifully made, extra thick, well insulated & I like the pockets for my hands. Plus, they’re gingham. Need I say more?
Buy the set on Amazon: https://amzn.to/31tLrZy
14. KitchenAid Gourmet Cookie Dough Scoop
What I love about this: Here’s the scoop: I’m not a perfectionist, but sometimes, I want my cookies to be uniform in size. I love the size of this scoop, at 1.5 Tbsp, it’s ideal for not only cookies, but also for meatballs, fruit, and sorbet. The soft grip handle is a definite plus & it’s dishwasher safe.
Buy this on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2H1Rj4q
15. Set/3 Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Kitchen Tongs
What I love about this: Great design, easy to grip silicone handles and tips, super durable, and what about those colors!
Buy the set on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KsdvHk