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I would like to know if most of the recipes in Alissa's book need appliances such as slicer, dehydrator, food processer etc?
Also are the ingredients easily found?
Thanks for your help,
03-04-2007, 02:28 AM
Most ingredients are easily found but it really does kinda depend on where you live and what is accessible to you. For example, if you have stores such as Wholefoods, Wild Oats, a food co-op then you can find a lot there. Also, some chain grocers are beginning to stock small sections of their stores with bulk items such as nuts, dates, etc as well as nut butters, etc.
But some things you may have to buy online and Alissa's store (link in the sidebar) is a good place to start. In her book (in the back) she does have a nice list of resources where some things can be found as well.
Now, as for appliances, it really depends on the recipe. Some recipes call for just a blender, some call for just a food processor, some have recipes within the recipe and may require multiple pieces of equipment for example; her pizza - you'd need a dehydrator to make the crust and a food processor to process both the cheeze and the marinara sauce.
But you don't have to spend a fortune on appliances - you can use a standard blender, a Black and Decker or Hamilton Beach food processor and a Nesco American Harvest food dehydrator (WITH temperature control - you can find this at Walmart or Walmart.com) - each piece of equipment you can get for $50 and under.
03-04-2007, 02:58 PM
Hi good questions,
please know that you can make anything without appliances, it just depends on how much chopping you wish to do with your own knife in your own hands.
I have been a catering chef for years, and once a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I had to prep alot of food for a party, the party was on some property that I was building a home on, and my hubby at the time forgot to bring the extension cords, so we only had electriciy at the top of a tree, anyway, to make a long story short, we basically had no electricity, so none of our appliances could be used, this could have been a major disaster, because this was before I was raw or even vegan, but we handled it perfectly, we simply changed the menu.
that's all beside the point, what IS the point, is I and two others prepped all the produce by hand, and we sliced and diced and chopped and minced and we had the best time, it did take a LOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGG time, but we did it, normally it would take about 1 second to slice an entire tomato, so it took us 1 minute, so what, and to mince fresh herbs, it took us about 2 minutes, instead of one second, the good thing was we didn't have to clean all of the equipment, and there was no noise in the kitchen, except us laughing and singing, as we decided to play with our food.
It was a very memorable day, and the party went off beautifully as planned.
lil fairy z girl
03-04-2007, 03:23 PM
Hi, yes Alissa recipes can be made without appliances. when i first went raw i didn't have anything just a knife and Alissa's recipes were great. I now have a food processor and i find it so much easier.
Alissa's book is really good as it gives you a good grounding for techniques and also helps give's you ideas. its been invaluable to me and i found it really helped me become raw.
03-04-2007, 05:06 PM
I'm with everyone here, a good knife is all anyone needs. I don't even own a dehydrator. (I waffle) Blender helps though...smoothies!:) If a food processor is called for I use my blender with added liquid and it works everytime. As I continued with raw I gravitated to the foods I enjoy most in the seasons and tend to gravitate to simple. Even when cooked I was the 20 minute dinner expert from scratch and still am for hubby. I did make a raw lasagne today with knife and blender....that's about as complicated as I tend to get on an annual basis! I usually order hard to finds over the net and the produce and nuts are easily found at the regular stores...depending on your locale, you may have farmers or Trader Joes or a local health food store too...
Could you please tell me the difference between a blender and a food processor?
Can I use one of them for both purposes?
Thanks a lot,
03-10-2007, 07:16 AM
I have no kitchen of my own, I share a tiny kitchenette with three friends. I own one lousy knife, a cutting board, a grater and measuring cups.
My grater is my best friend, it slices, grates and turns fruit into mash if you use the fine side, and it doesn't cost a lot at all, just a few dollars.
My knife chops everything that's too small for grating (seeds) and does any cutting.
I totally agree with everyone above, it's all about how much time you're prepared to set aside for chopping, really. And mind you, chopping is a very cheap anger management...:p
03-10-2007, 09:15 AM
I've only just begun doing things with gadgets because I prefer as much simplicity in preparation as possible (schedule is really crazy right now and I only get a chance to be more creative with foods on the weekend- and that doesn't even happen often). I make things like raw lasagna with just a knife and a blender as my tools (and without the dehydrator).
Cheap anger management :D
03-10-2007, 10:46 AM
The easiest thing for you to do would be to go to GOOGLE and search on the word BLENDER then FOOD PROCESSOR and see photos.
You can pick up a good blender at a 2nd hand shop or yard sale. In fact, I am a strong believer that the older blenders are better than the new ones. You don't need anything fancy.
You can also find a food processor cheap... usually under $10, if you're willing to search. Try putting an ad on Freecycle. Where do you live?
03-10-2007, 01:00 PM
RowanC is correct, there is a difference between the two. The blender will blend things a lot smoother than the food processor - and for some recipes, sometimes TOO smoothly! Food processors are great for things such as nut and/or veggie pate'; dough for crackers, breads, cookies etc.; the frozen banana ice cream...stuff that you want some texture to - blenders are great for making smooth sauces, smoothies, shakes, soups, salad dressings and things of that sort.
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