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06-07-2005, 07:23 PM
I have read many threads that speak of soup. How is it raw if it is heated? Or is it not heated?
Please let me know.
06-07-2005, 07:28 PM
Usually not heated or, if so, can put a bowl of soup over a pan/bowl of hot water to warm it OR, stick it in the dehydrator. Some folk will just put it on the stove and heat it until it's warm. To me, the soup can overheat too quickly that way; doesn't warm evenly and ends up bubbling. I prefer the dehydrator if I'm going to warm something.
06-07-2005, 09:22 PM
Raw soups are eaten at room temperature or can be warmed to about 110 degrees. That's close to the temperature at which the enzymes are killed and it's not live food anymore.
The heating can be done, as Revvell suggests, using either a food thermometer (which I don't do) or your finger (which I do -- well, not your finger, I use my finger!). You stop heating when it feels hot, but not too hot to put your finger in it. If I don't want to wait for my dehydrator, I use an improvised double boiler, boiling water in a pan and placing a glass bowl of the soup above it, stirring and feeling until it's warm.
Or, Elysa Markowitz, author of Warming Up to Live Foods, and host of a public access TV series on raw food, Elysa's Raw and Wild Food Show, uses a Rival electric skillet with a temperature control. She finds that, on warm setting, and, keeping your finger in the dish without it becoming uncomfortable, you can warm food up without it becoming too hot.
As soon as you are able, I suggest you getting Alissa's book (and, hopefully, her DVD also) which explains soup preparation in addition to everything else you need to know to get started raw.
06-08-2005, 02:02 AM
Raw soup is either not warmed, or warmed in the dehydrator, or blended enough in the blender to warm, or I usually place a small pan on low on the stove, and stir constantly with either a thermometer in it, or with my finger in it, it is called finger hot, if your finger can stand it, then it isn't too warm.
This is really nice when eating soup in the winter to help warm you up.
It also tastes really good with a little cayenne pepper in it to make it "feel" warmer.
Just realize that if you have been a cooked person for a while, that pretty much MOST of your ideas of food are going to be different in the raw world.
So, asking questions about everything that seems odd, is a VERY GOOD IDEA.
hope this helps.
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