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kitchen toys


The raw kitchen can get pretty carried away with fancy equipment. Understandably, raw enthusiasts jump at every opportunity to expand their repertoire. However, for a 20-something making her way up in this world it's not always easy to have the latest gadget!







The two things I use on the daily are my Vitamix blender and a nut mylk bag. The Vitamix is no joke. It comes with an enormous engine and a hefty price tag. Though it is a huge investment I'd have to say it is the single greatest culinary decision I have ever made (rivaling that of my kitchen knife).

For the rest of the fancy tools, here's a list of things that are helpful, often called for in fancy recipe books, or just plain cool to have around. I have completed juice cleanses, 100% raw, and totally creative recipes all with just the Vitamix and nut mylk bag.

Get creative and have fun!






Vitamix blender

This is the only kitchen tool that you will see on every.single.raw.food.blog because it is like magic with your foods. It is expensive but it gets the job (any job) done. I use it daily, and almost for every single meal.







nut mylk bag


I love homemade nut mylk for so many reasons--it's fresh, it's creamy, and it's free of those questionable ingredients. However, I mostly use my nut mylk bag for freshly squeezed juice. It leaves the juice so smooth and creamy unlike any juicer I've ever used. Plus, it's SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than a fancy juicer.






food processor

This is one of those things that really isn't 100% necessary but is just so great to have, anyway. Any processor will do if you're just looking for something simple, but I have my heart set on an 11-cup Cuisinart. I currently have a 7-cup and though it works fine it fills up quickly and the motor isn't quite strong enough for nut butters. All the fancy slicers that go with it are pretty rad too and cut down on your prep time when you're making cool things like RAW pad thai ...

chef's knife

A good knife can transform any kitchen experience into a magical one. While I don't think you need to spend a lot of money on a good knife (when you can just use a good sharpener) I do think it's worth every penny. I use one knife for ALL of my work and though that's not traditional I don't care. Nothing cuts like it.


I got mine as a house warming gift ... (thank you!!)




juicer

Truthfully, a juicer is not necessary. Any hardcore raw foodie will beg to differ but let's be real: it's a pain in the ass to clean and is kind of time consuming. At the moment I simply blend my goods in my Vitamix and then strain the juice through my nut mylk bag. Traditionally, however, I've been a faithful Breville fountain user for years and I also love it. But there is something to know about the kind of juicer you're investing in.

Centrifugal juicers shred the fruits/veggies and then spin the pulp until the juicer is extracted. It's the quickest and easiest juicer out there but leaves the remaining pulp mostly wet. It's also horrifically violent on the veggies (eek!) and the nutrients are lost during quick oxidation. One way to minimize oxidation is to drink the juice immediately afterward. No big deal. Unless you're on a juice cleanse and packing juice for the day. The Breville is a very reliable and durable centrifugal juicer.

Masticating juicers essentially chew your food and then squeeze the juices out. It's a slow and quiet process and the precious enzymes remain mostly in tact. The juice lasts longer and is usually much tastier. However, they take a little bit more time because you need to chop your foods a bit smaller and the clean up is more detailed. Omega makes incredible juicers and I'm smitten with the vert because it's a real space saver on the kitchen counter. 

Twin gear juicers are the gods of all juicers (besides the coveted Norwalk) because they slowly crush the food and then press the juice out. It is the gentlest approach to juicing and the juice is the most nutritionally in tact and last the longest. However, they are painfully time consuming to clean (compared to the previous) and have a lengthy process. Green Star juicers are the champions here.



dehydrator

A dehydrator is another unnecessary tool that is loads of fun to have. Lots of neat things can be made with a dehydrator but I find that I don't use it all that often since it takes a lot of time and resources to produce anything totally worthwhile. I have an Excalibur and I stand behind it 100%.



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