Whether you’re cooking with heat or going raw, you don’t need a ton of fancy gadgets to prepare a meal. It’s definitely possible to produce delicious, raw creations with nothing more than a good quality knife.
However, there are many tools out there that make the job a whole lot easier and quicker! Here are a few of the things I have in my kitchen that are making this raw food challenge far more enjoyable:
Food Processor. This was my kitchen staple long before I became interested in raw food. I spent less than $50 on a Cuisinart at Real Canadian Superstore and it’s perfect for everything from dips to nut butters to patés. I’ve owned mine for four years and the bowl is just starting to crack, so it may be time for a new one. But I’ve certainly gotten my money’s worth.
Blender. High powered blenders are awesome, but they’re also extremely expensive. If you want to make smoothies, soups, nut milks or sauces, a regular blender will definitely get the job done. And you don’t necessarily need a full-sized blender, either – many of my classmates swear by their magic bullets. (As an aside, I called Vitamix and they sell refurbished blenders with a seven-year warranty for $479 CAD/$379 US. Still out of my price range at the moment, but good to know.)
Food Dehydrator. This appliance is definitely an investment, but if you’re serious about living food, then it’s well worth it. I’ve used mine for drying nuts, seeds, crackers, breads, cookies, chips, patties, granola and fruit, just to name a few. It’s also handy if you want to warm up a meal, like soup, or liquefy coconut oil for a recipe.
Spirooli. Also known as a spiral slicer, this gadget can be used to make thin, curly noodles out of your favourite vegetables. I recently got mine at Health on the Drive and man, is it ever fun to use. It also makes vegetables more attractive and enticing – for example, I’m no fan of raw zucchini, but I could consume heaps of it when it’s in noodle form.
Mandolin. Once I figured out how to use it, my mandolin became a very handy contraption to have around. It slices or shreds beautifully and quickly, plus you can count on everything being uniform in thickness – which is helpful if you are dehydrating (or baking) items like potato chips or zucchini chips.
What tools would you add to this list?
This post is part of a month-long series about exploring the raw food lifestyle. With the help of holistic nutritionist Jennifer Trecartin, I’m doing a 28-day raw food healing challenge to improve my Crohn’s disease. At the end of the month, I hope to transition off my medication, which I have been taking since I was 18.
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