View Full Version : Which machine to purchase first?
10-03-2005, 10:56 PM
A food processor, blender,juicer or dhydrator? Something tells me a blender.
10-04-2005, 12:32 AM
Blender or smoothie machine. I use the smoothie machine...essentially it's a blender. I use it most of the time. Then comes the food processor, and juicer. I have yet to purchase a dehydrator, but I will be purchasing it soon!
Really I have one and use it daily, frequently. I bought a oster mix master thing at an auction for $30 and it has a mincer, food processer, chopper, blender dough attachments and a blender
it is on ebay for $9.99
there is no food processor one that one
10-04-2005, 12:49 AM
Food processors are great! Make that your second purchase. It's used for entirely different purposes than a blender. My wife and I like to make dips and salsas and other fun stuff with the FP.
Juicers are good if you want to just drink your meal / or fruit/vegetables. Read about them...I believe when I was doing my research it said that most of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables are in the juice. However you definitely can be raw without one.
I think you can get very creative with a dehydrator. I can't wait till I can get one.
10-04-2005, 07:51 AM
Go to Wal-Mart and buy a 14.99 blender, that will get anyone started. Then later on you can buy a nicer blender, food processor, dehydrator and other fancy food prep tools.
10-04-2005, 06:06 PM
Anyone know of a retail store (other than the internet) to get an excaliber dehydrator and a saladaco (sp)?
10-04-2005, 06:14 PM
I know you can buy these things at Alissa's online website, www.alissacohen.com
Also, I've seen them on ebay, all of the stuff, I've also seen many things at the Goodwill etc.
But, I like new things, I can "feel" peoples' energy, so I buy new appliances, but antique furniture, go figure. LOL I'm so funny.
I have one of those Oster thingies, they cost $170 new, and they don't make them anymore, I bought mine in 1989, it was my second one, because it had a baby food processor, I had an older (yellow--ick) one, with a meat grinder on it, gave it to my son, worked great. I bought it in 1970's sometime.
anyway, I love that machine, it's not as great as a cuisnart, but the baby food processor, about 2 cups worth, was the ONLY food processor, I had for my first couple years raw, and it worked just fine, you just have to make severl batches, then mix them all together, when making pate' etc.
I think the food processor is number one, at least for me, you can make almost everything in one, then a dehydrator, again for me, I love warm foods, and the burgers, crackers etc. then I'd say a blender, then other fun toys.
You can get less expensive things, but I've learned you get what you pay for, and if you buy cheap stuff, then you have cheap stuff that breaks, then you still have to go out and buy the expensive one, so why buy the cheap one at all?
Unless, that is all you can afford. Then I say, buy on ebay, they have Champion juicers there for $10 all the time, I've told many people about them.
They also sell tons of kitchen gadgets, appliances etc. if they don't have one today, it'll probably be there tomorrow.
good luck :o)
10-05-2005, 12:06 AM
Thank all of you very much.
Here's the order I have decided on.
2-Food processor.... A Quisinart (sp?)
3- dehydrator I already have, but I bought a cheap blender first and got the order all mixed up.
4-Juicer Green power brand?
10-05-2005, 12:32 AM
It really depends on the way you're eating ... or planning to eat.
If you're following Alissa's recipe plan and you're going mainstream raw -- meaning making raw recipes that are familiar -- then, definitely the food processor is the first to buy. Don't bother spending all that money on a Cuisinart; just buy a Hamilton Beach or Black & Decker (this is Alissa's recommendation and what she uses at home) which are way more affordable and work well. I used a new one during a training recently and it was great. Then, a blender. I got mine for $50 and it was highest rated by Consumer Reports. Then a dehydrator. Again, if you don't want to invest in an Excalibur, you can get one of those round ones at Wal-Mart (or, hopefully, another store).
If you're going to be relying on smoothies every morning, though, of course you'll want to get a blender first.
Then, again, if you plan to include juicing in your lifestyle in a major way, start with a juicer. The type of juicing you plan to do will lead you to the right type of juicer for you.
--> If you were consulting with me, though, I'd advise you, as Alissa does, to get both a food processor and blender o begin. Dont' sweat it; just get the most affordable one for you. Don't worry about brand names. Also, buy a spiralizer. Then, as soon as possible, get a dehydrator. If you follow her 30-day plan in her book, she advises a dehydrator by week 3 or 4. These are the things that will help you stay raw. Juicing can come later, if your health or interests warrant it.
There are also plenty of threads on here that ask and answer this same question if you really want to do some reading. :D
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