View Full Version : If you planned to stick with raw, long term - what tools of the trade are a must??
02-14-2007, 02:46 PM
oops off to go read the thread that seems to be what I was wanting to hear ;)
02-14-2007, 03:59 PM
I try to recommend that people get their feet wet with cheaper, thrift-store bought applicances...until they get their feet wet. You can buy several cheap juicers, blenders, and dehydrators at your local thrift store prior to taking the plunge with very expensive models (and do the poor a favor). You may find that you don't prefer dehydrated stuff.....or smoothies...or whatever.....or just prefer to eat more simply.
As for NECESSARY things? The only thing I really need is a good, long, thick, heavy bread-style knife. I find that kind of knife works really well on just about any produce you are going to cut. A cheaper, thinner knife will tend to bend while cutting and requires more force.....often flipping or slipping.
-It doesn't take a lot of money or equipment to be successful eating well (although you CAN...ha! ha!)
-Just my experiences / opinions.
-David Z. Mason
02-14-2007, 04:17 PM
I agree with David. Good knives and a cutting board. Try out the other stuff short term to see if you use it...though a blender is always handy...I never used my dehydrator and freecycled it. I have a juicer and don't use it either. I eat the whole "thing" either as it is or blended up.
I rarely use the processor (knives!). It all depends on what recipes and foods you will find you gravitate toward...location is key too. I'm in SoCal where fresh is easy to get so I eat pretty simply. If I lived in a cooler climate I'd probably love to dehydrate and eat heavier in Winter...
this thread is good too:
02-14-2007, 04:40 PM
lol sorry guys there weren't any responses just a bit ago when I opened and deleted what I had wrote figured the regulars were just tired of another newbie asking the same question LOL ya thats the thread I opened up that had a good list for newbies ;)
I defiently want to do it as cheaply as possible... I really do like things simple
I have a few great thrift stores around but Im always leary of buying appliances there since they have no refund/exchange policies
I did however take a chance 2wks ago ( like the next day after stumbling through channels and seeing Alissa on Tryas show ) find a juice man jr for $15 so I figured Id grab it and hope for the best that it worked - It does! Defiently put that to use so it was worth it...
a much larger cutting board is on my must buy list forsure - my lil dinky bamboo one just doesnt cut it for the amount of stuff Ive been cutting up lately!
I do have a blender, it works and I dont mind pulpy juices and have done more "whole" food juices too
Ive said it already but Im not sure if I can live without crackers, breads, cakey type things YET that is a good part of why I am the size I am ;) but if they were raw obviously theyd be better for me! So Im leaning heavily towards a dehydrator in my near future...
I just keep going back and forth about what I should buy now while I can - because I do see myself going long term with this - with a few bumps in the road during this beginning part, because there is food that needs to be eaten, and I cant just toss it out and I dont know anyone locally to pack up a bag of frozen/fridge type foods and drop off -- if I was in MN where all my family is itd be a different thing, I could clear the cupboards without worry LOL
So lately dinner seems to be where I fall off the raw thing, yet as Im on day 4 of journaling this lifestyle Ive lost about 1lb a day it seems ... so I still seem to be doing alright with doing raw, all day but dinner -- I do look forward to finding alternatives for me to eat that resemble something hubby maybe eatting - he makes wonderful spaghetti for instance, I need to find a replacement or figure out how raw I could make that...
I appreciate your inputs!! Thank you for taking the time to post to me :)
02-14-2007, 05:57 PM
I say a cutting board, utencils, bowls, knives, and a refrigerator lol :p
02-14-2007, 07:14 PM
dedication. i have no tools except a plastic set of silverware. eep on the road.
02-14-2007, 08:10 PM
Fridge is handy, we use it every day. Stove is out of the house, in the shed. Knives and cutting boards are good. Blender is good for the smoothies that my kids love. These are the things that I use frequently.
02-14-2007, 10:48 PM
RawPriestess started a thread a while ago listing loads of items for the ideal raw kitchen. Here it is:
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