1) A good cutting board and knives. I need new knives, but when mine are sharpened they work pretty good. I got this cutting board from a teacher I used to teach with. He made it as a wedding gift. I love it, and I use it ALL the time!
2) A good vegetable peeler. I don’t peel all my veggies, but I do peel beets, cucumbers, and sometimes zucchini.
3) A citrus juicer. I use this least twice a day. I put lemon juice in water in the morning. I put lemon juice in green juice. I also put lemon or lime juice in salsa, hummus, and almost every sauce and salad dressing that I make.
4) Spiralizer. I have two spiralizers, but I tend to use this small one the most. I use it to make zucchini noodles.
5)Bowls with lids. I could never have enough bowls, especially bowls with lids. I use them for soaking and sprouting grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. I use them for mixing salads. And I use them for storing prepared food in the refrigerator.
6) Mason Jars. I use so many mason jars. I use them to store beans, grains, nuts, and seeds. I use them for sprouting. And I use them for putting green juice in the fridge to sip on all day.
7) Mixing spoons. Mixing spoons are staples in every kitchen, but these work extra hard, mixing, stirring, scraping, and blending many times a day.
8) Measuring spoons and cups. Sometimes I wing it when I prepare a meal, but if I’m trying a new recipe or creating one, I measure to get it right or to remember what I did.
9) I use my food processor every day! I use it to chop, shred, and mix many sauces and dips.
10) High-speed blender. I use my Vitamix daily, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. I make my breakfast smoothie, green juice, soups, salad dressings, and sauces in it. I also take it with me when I go out of town to make smoothies in hotel rooms.
11) Excaliber food dehydrator. This is running regularly. In many ways it takes the place of using an over. Raw food is not heated above 118 degrees, but a dehydrator on a low temperature can be used to make granola, crackers, wraps, and “bread.” The Excalibur brand is perfect for raw food because its temperature settings are low enough. Excalibur brand can be spendy. My husband got me this one for Christmas on a scratch-and-dent discount. I’ve also seen them occasionally on eBay and even Craigslist.
12) A slow-masticating juicer. I don’t have a picture for this, because I don’t have it yet. I’m saving my money for it. I’ll use this for wheatgrass shots and tons of green juices!