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Want to get meal prep done in less time? Check out this list of meal prep gadgets and tools you should have in your kitchen to make meal prep easier and quicker.
Meal prep does not have to be labor-intensive. With the right tools and gadgets, you can get a lot done without spending long hours in the kitchen.
Here’s a list of must-have tools I use to meal prep Indian food. These gadgets have saved me countless hours in the kitchen and made meal prepping less of a chore.
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Essential Timesaving Meal Prep Gadgets
- Chopping board – It is best to separate chopping boards for veggies and meat, and I love this cutting board from Elihome.
Note: This set is knife friendly, resists deep cut marks, and protects knives. It is also nonporous and does not absorb odor or harbor bacteria.
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- Vegetable Chopper – Indian cooking cannot do without onions and tomatoes, and this tool makes it super easy to chop them quickly and evenly.
Note: I use this a lot for chopping onions and tomatoes for making curry sauce (bhuna masala). The blades are extremely sharp, so be careful while handling them.
- Pressure cooker – It is hard to imagine an Indian Kitchen without a pressure cooker. It is used to speed up cooking times for pulses, and lentils, amongst other things. If you live in a country where Instant Pot is available, then don’t even think of buying any other cooker (read here to know why). If Instant Pot is not an option, then Hawkins is a good alternative.
Note: If you are unsure of which Instant to buy, here’s a helpful guide. To get the one I own, click on the button below.
Note: I chose Blendtec because the unit is easy to clean, and the blades are not sharp. Vitamix blenders are also a good alternative.
Note: The kit below includes a mini chopper which comes in handy for chopping one or two onions. If you only want an immersion blender, this one is a better bet.
- Meal Prep Containers – Love meal prepping but hate using single-use plastic bags? Check out this post on the best meal prep containers with plastic-free options.
Note: This post shares my go-to food prep containers that I have bought and used for over a year.
- These are not the only tools/equipment I have in my kitchen. For a complete list, check this post – Essential Tools for Indian Cooking.
- Also, my 2 cents – buy as you need. You may not need all of them. For instance, if you have a really good food processor, you can skip buying the blender and stand mixer.
Other helpful resources related to meal prepping
Meal planning 101 – Check out this essential guide to meal planning to learn all the tips that’ll take the stress out of making home-cooked meals.
Basic grocery list – Learn how to create a master grocery list, track your pantry items, and never forget to buy a staple again!