Power Kitchen equipment
A healthy lifestyle depends on fresh food, so it’s essential to get in the kitchen often and prepare your meals yourself. I know what you’re thinking, ‘you must need a super-deluxe kitchen for that,’ but even if you (like me!) live in a small home in Amsterdam with a mini-kitchen, you can get a long way with the right equipment! I am often asked which kitchen equipment in particular I use to make all of our Powerfood recipes, so below we’ve made a summary of the absolute must-haves for your kitchen!
Above all else, you cannot get by without a blender, even a small one. You need it for your morning smoothies and for sauces, soups or to blend the ingredients for batters for sweets and snacks. For the Powerfood recipes, we use a blender with an 800W motor. You can get one for about €80, from Philips, for example.
If you make a lot of juice, it’s also nice to have a good juicer in addition to a blender. We use a slow juicer (from Hurom). Slow juicers are a bit more expensive than centrifugal juicers, but they are worth the money. They ensure that the greatest amount of vitamins and minerals possible is retained from the vegetables and fruit you juice – which is what we want! The juices they produce are nice and smooth, even if you use hard vegetables and fruits or even nuts.
A good food processor is great for grinding, chopping, mixing and blending. A food processor is key if you are making a spread or sauce with a coarse structure, like pesto, for example. They usually come with a variety of attachments that you can use to do things like slice cucumbers very quickly, or finely grate carrots.
And what about an immersion blender? They are super handy when you want to puree a soup directly in the pot. You can also use them to mix, combine or chop. For some recipes (like raw oreos or chocoballs) it can be nice to mix the ingredients once more with an immersion blender before you roll the dough into balls or make cookies out of it.
Containers, bottles and jars
Another must-have for your kitchen is an array of containers and bottles in which to store your fresh food, smoothies and juices to take them with you on the go or to freeze them. We are fans of mason jars. Jars of all sizes and types are perfect for smoothies, oatmeal and other breakfasts. And they are also good for storing things like seeds or nuts. We always advise using only glass or BPA-free plastic containers. The BPA contained in some hard plastics may have a disruptive effect on your hormones.
A new product that’s been making us happy is the PowerCube. It’s a power strip with multiple outlets that ensures that you’ll always have an outlet within reach. Big adapters have a tendency to get in the way and normal power strips are often hidden out of reach behind a cabinet or a table. This is why students at TU Delft developed the PowerCube: Extended: a compact power strip that prevents overcrowding with adapters and is easily put together. And, its double, high-power USB ports allow you to charge your smartphone and tablet at the same time. It’s a super handy gadget to have in any Powerfoodie’s kitchen!
A steamer is great to have for cooking vegetables. Steaming is one of the healthiest ways of cooking food. As many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as possible are preserved in the cooking process and the flavor of the vegetables shines through more than with other forms of cooking. You can buy an ‘official’ steamer consisting of an insert and a pot (as a set), but you can also just buy a bamboo steamer to place on top of a pot. In addition to vegetables, you can also steam rice, potatoes, meat, fish, poultry and shellfish.
Another tip is a mushroom brush, which you can use to clean mushrooms without washing them. Mushrooms absorb water when you wash them, which makes them lose flavor.
Last but not least is our newest favorite: the spiral slicer. This amazing piece of equipment will allow you to cut long thin strips of vegetables like zucchini, carrot and cucumber. These thin strips will are a great addition to your salad and they can also be used to replace pasta.
You see? You don’t need to have a huge cooking island or expensive equipment at all. Add these ‘ingredients’ to your wish list and outfit your kitchen step by step. In the meantime, you’ll get a long way with a bit of creativity. ;- )