Having the right tools makes cooking so much easier & a lot more fun! The good news is, equipping your vegan kitchen doesn’t need to be expensive. Want to know what I like to use? 🥕 Here’s a list of my favorite 30 Top Kitchen Tools Under $30!
I love to cook & enjoy it even more when I have the right tools.
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 inspires me to cook!
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I’m always on the lookout for great new cookware and kitchen items. I love finding well-designed products that will help me create scrumptious meals, and make food prep & clean-up easier and more enjoyable in the process.
With so many new kitchen tools, appliances and accessories constantly coming on the market, I like to do my homework before buying.
I’ve learned I don’t need to spend a lot of money on kitchen gadgets that I’ll rarely, if ever use. In fact, a few basic essentials are all you need to prepare delicious and memorable meals.
With that in mind, I have assembled this list of 30 super useful, thoughtfully designed and beautifully crafted kitchen items that I love and use. Best of all . . . they’re each under $30!*
*at time of publication
30 Top Kitchen Tools Under $30
What I love about this: Like all OXO products, this shaker is brilliantly designed with the cook in mind. It’s the ideal size for mixing, serving and storing salad dressings and marinades. Easy to clean and I love that I can open and close the pour spouts with just one hand.
What I love about these: First of all, they’re superbly crafted in polished stainless steel. Secondly, and equally important, the tablespoon fits into every spice jar I have in my cabinet! Plus, there’s 6 different sizes including a ¾ and 1/8 teaspoon.
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 46,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this scale is worth its weight in gold!
What I love about these: Years ago, I was a tabletop & kitchen buyer for a department store. I’ve always loved decorative serving ware. These bowls are the perfect size for individual servings of rice, desserts, dips, yogurt – even my morning cereal. They’re beautifully made and very durable.
What I love about this: Winner, winner, tofu dinner! The secret to preparing a great tofu dish is making sure to first drain the water from the tofu. I went on a mission to find a simply great tofu press and voila! I found this one. It’s easy, quick, dishwasher safe and made in the USA. Bet you’ll love tofu even more now!
What I love about these: I’m so glad I found out about these over-sized ice cube trays! I use them for our easy Vegan Butter, Citrus-Infused Vegan Butter and Citrus Iced-Tea Cubes. The lids makes it easy to stack and store your cubes in the freezer & the pliable silicone makes it a snap to pop a cube out of the tray whenever you want!
What I love about these: They’re durable, easy to use, washable, eco-friendly AND they won’t end up in the ocean. 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!
What I love about these: The bar has 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. Just look at those colors!
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.
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 have my mom’s big spoon she used to stir soups and sauces. This particular spoon is handcrafted from olive wood and has an extra-long handle, perfect for a deep pot of our rustic veggie soup.
What I love about this: When you use your oven as much as I do, having good quality bakeware matters. These wonderful stainless steel baking sheets are beautifully crafted with deep rims and non-toxic materials and include matching cooling racks. Be sure to pick up a couple non-stick silicone baking mats or use parchment for easy cleanup!
What I love about this: You might have noticed that I’m a fan of adding citrus to a lot of my recipes, so this little workhorse is one of my must-have cooking essentials. I love the convenience of one citrus squeezer that can handle petite Key limes or big fat Meyer lemons.
What I love about this: Every cook needs at least one cast iron pan. From stovetop to oven, you can quite literally use just this pan for anything from sauces to pancakes, stir-fry to tofu. I’m a big fan of cast iron. I’ve been using the same pan for more than 30 years. Take care of your’s and it will take care of you, your kids and your grandkids!
What I love about this: What a difference the right tool can make! 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. Did I mention it comes in 13 fabulous colors and has more than 18,000 5-star reviews?
What I love about these: If you’ve found yourself diligently washing your produce more than usual (like I am), having an extra strainer to rinse your fresh veggies & fruit is a real time saver. I couldn’t believe the price on this set of three stainless mesh colanders. Perfect for draining pasta, rinsing rice or simply storing fruit on your kitchen counter. They’re a steal!
What I love about this: Speaking of washing veggies . . . this little brush is the bomb for scrubbing everything from carrots to apples, potatoes to citrus. The bristles are just the right coarseness to remove dirt from all of your tough-skinned fruits and veggies. There’s good reason it has about 5400 5-star ratings online! It works!
What I love about these: I really enjoy drinking smoothies and blended drinks with a straw, but I don’t love using disposable plastic or anything that harms the environment. These plastic-free and FSC certified, durable paper straws are an earth-friendly alternative.
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 for quiche. The adjustable discs make it easy as pie to roll out dough in just the right thickness. Baking just got a whole lot better!
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?
What I love about this: Every cook needs at least one good whisk. I have several, but this one beats the rest! The molded handle makes it easy to hold while whipping up a great meal. Easy to clean and beautifully made.
What I love about these: I’m a sucker for pretty kitchen tools. I’ll be honest, I bought these initially because I liked how they looked. I love them because they’re fantastic to use! Easy to grip silicone handles and tips, super durable and what about those colors!
What I love about these: I recently bought a set of these bowls and all I can say is YES! They’re beautifully crafted, the non-skid silicone bottoms are so helpful when mixing devil’s food cake batter or whisking vegan meringue. They are pretty enough to use as serving bowls and nest neatly for easy storage.
What I love about these: There’s good reason why these cutting boards are rated so highly. They’re super durable, scratch & stain resistant, dishwasher safe and available in an array of colors to match any kitchen! I use mine every day and they still look great!
What I love about these: Fresh green salads aren’t just for vegans, but boy do we love them! Easy to use and clean, the bowl is perfect to toss & serve your salad.
What I love about this: For all of you Instant Pot and electric pressure cooking fans, here’s your handy-dandy, easy-peasy at-a-glance cheat sheet for all of your favorite recipes. Just stick it on your fridge and get cooking!
What I love about this: Yes, a decorative serving dish is a kitchen tool! I learned long ago that a beautiful presentation is key to making a great first impression when serving guests. This pretty handpainted platter will make any meal memorable.
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