This is one of the most common questions that I get when I am doing raw food classes. What equipment do I need? Trust me, to do a raw food diet you don’t need all of the items below. You could get by with 2-3 of them. However it is always good to know what your choices are. I first started with a nut milk bag, food processor and then a blender many years ago.
Here are is a quick list of my top 10 things that I love.
- Joyce Chen Mandoline
The Joyce Chen by Benriner or he Kyocera Adjustable Mandolin are great options for slicing and fine juliennes. The Kycocera is a less expensive hand help mandoline that comes with a ceramic blade which is great because it does not oxidize food or rust. Also smaller for those with limited storage in the kitchen. The Joyce Chen mandoline has a container at the base to collect all of the vegetables and provided more variety in regards to the slices you can do.
2. Spiral Slicer:
These are awesome and so much fun! If you have children and they don’t like to eat raw vegetables this will do it! It can create fun garnishes and raw pasta’s. Really anything that you want to make into a fun looking spiral will work. You can make so many fun things including raw pasta out of zucchini. I have the Spirooli Spiral Vegetable Slicer and it works great. There is also a smaller Saladacco Spiral Slicer which is a bit cheaper but can still do the job. Make homemade noodles and apple and pear slices for dehydrating.
Small but great for creating fruit zest. Love the zest of lemon and limes in my favourite desserts or meals.
4. Food Processor:
Since you will be eating oodles of raw veggies and making scrumptious dishes a food processor is essential. You can make desserts, dips, spreads, pesto and so much more. I use an 11 cup Cuisinart Food Processor. You want to get a large cup size so that it can hold more.
5. Springform Pan and Off Set Spatula:
- Springform Pan For Raw Desserts
These are a lovely addition to the raw food kitchen for desserts. You can get them in many different sizes but they are awesome for making raw cakes and desserts. I have a couple of sizes at home. They don’t cost a lot, but they make it much easier to make beautiful looking desserts.
6. Nut Milk Bags:
These are great for making fabulous nut milks. Almond milk is so amazing when you make it fresh. You can also use these bags for making sprouts.
7. Coffee Grinder:
A coffee grinder is great for grinding your own spice mixtures. Also for grinding cacao nibs and flax seeds.
My top 2 picks are the Vitamix and the Blendtec. I personally am a Vitamix lover and have had mine for years. You can make smoothies, soups, sauces and more in them. They take blending to a new level.
9. Excalibur dehydrator:
A dehyrdrator is great for making raw foods such as kale chips, crackers, wraps, cookies and more. This is an investment and costs several hundred dollars.There are several different sizes and colours available. I use the 9 tray excalibur and love it. You don’t need it to eat a raw food diet by any means. If you want to make your own breads and crackers then this is for you.
It will really depend on how much counter space you have and how much time you have. I use the Breville because it is quick and easy to use. You can have fresh juice in minutes and the clean up is fast. I also have an electric and hand held WHEATGRASS juicer. I first got the manual juice so I could get my 6 year old juicing wheatgrass at the kitchen table. However now she is using all of the juicers with no problem.
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