5 Essential Kitchen Gadgets I Love

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Over the years, I’ve tried many different kitchen gadgets, but only ended up using a few on a regular basis. Here’s my top list.

1) The Vita-Mix

$329 refurbished

I swear by my Vita-Mix and wouldn’t trade it for any other blender, including the Blend-Tec. It will last you a lifetime! And you must get one with multiple speeds. Pick one up refurbished on Amazon and you’ll be glad you did! 

2) Instant Pot



I use my Instant Pot all the time!  It’s as essential as my Vita-Mix It is an electric pressure cooker that also turns into a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, skillet, and more. I use it several times a week to make a big pot of beans. I also use it to make beans and to cook greens (literally in 2 minutes).  I love the “set-and-forget” aspect of it. You don’t have to worry about the pressure cooker overcooking everything. Just press a button, and you’re done! Get it on Amazon.com

3) “Travel” Rice Cooker



This is the Panasonic SR-3NA. I call this “travel rice cooker.” It’s actually the smallest and best small rice cooker I found! I love this product, and I reviewed it previously on Renegade Health. It’s perfect to make rice for one or two people. It has a small footprint, is inexpensive and can even be brought on a trip!

This is a product that I absolutely love!

4) Veggie Chopper



This is my favorite kitchen tool by far. It’s called different names, such as the “tomato chopper” or “salsa maker” or “Chop Wizard,” but the idea is the same: cutting perfectly square pieces of vegetables in no time. I use it all the time to make salsa, gazpacho, vegetable soup and salads. If you’ve seen the infomercials for it, then my advice is: believe the hype. It’s a great tool. The best one is by International.

5) No-Frill Juicer

$99 to $149.

The reality is that if you purchase an expensive juicer, you’ll use it a lot in the beginning but it will eventually hit the graveyard of your unused kitchen gadgets!

In my opinion, nothing does the job better and faster than a centrifugal juicer. Yes, masticating juicers extract more nutrients, but they’re not worth the extra hassle and cost if you’re only going to juice occasionally. And eventually, everybody only juices occasionally!

My favorite all-around juicer is the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor. The advantage of this juicer is the separate chute for refuse. But, the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor for $99 is also excellent.

Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.


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  1. Claudia says:

    Frederic, those gadgets are awesome, question – do you take anything
    for gas (from eating beans)? Or just as nature dictates out on will. 🙂
    Wonderful post. Thanks!!

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