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07-11-2011, 10:57 AM
I am new at all this and am reading about going raw. I was wondering what all of you recommend for going raw. I have a simple blender and a Jack Lalane juicer.....should I get some other type of juicer/blender type?
07-11-2011, 11:41 AM
you'll be fine with those until you get your raw needs figured out and then you might want to upgrade.
I need a new juicer and a vita mix would be nice but I know I will be replacing the juicer first because I use that more than my blender.
Not everyone does a lot of juicing and blending so "lesser" machines are fine to be going along with.
07-11-2011, 06:40 PM
Oh how I long for the vitamix. But...I am cheap and refuse to spend the money. Use what you have.
07-11-2011, 06:42 PM
I have the Jack LaLanne juicer, and it works well for our needs. But we are in the group of people that don't rely much on juicing. We use it occasionally to have fresh juices to drink, or to get veggie pulp for recipes. It works perfectly for those needs. I agree that you should keep those and see what you need as you go through this journey. :-)
Raw Angel Mom
07-12-2011, 05:24 AM
I didn't have juicer or dehydrator at first. I had a cheap blender and cheap food processor. I did 60 days 100% raw. I didn't juice even though i had a juicer already.
I recommend that you save money every week for your appliances. When you are ready to upgrade, you will have the fund. All the money that you use to buy coffee, or any thing that doesn't promote health, put it aside.
Now that i know what a good blender is, i cannot live without. On my second attempt to be 100% raw in spring 2007, i succeed this time to keep my foot solid in raw food. The main reason was for me to do green smoothie and having a good blender. Now i am including juicing and this is making a great difference in my raw journey. More satisfied and feeling so much better.
Having good appliance, helps me to stick with raw food. It is an investment to me.
07-12-2011, 10:25 AM
My .02, for what it's worth:
Tried for a long time to do without dehydrating but for me, that meant all too often failing at raw because I just couldn't have enough variety to not fall into the bread and chips and pretzels and pasta, etc, etc, that my family has around.
I just got a dehydrator, free from a friend, and it's definitely not a deluxe one at all - it's the round kind that has no fan, no temp controls. I've rigged it with legos as spacers and only use the top few trays so things don't get above 105 or so, but I feel like a whole new world has opened up to me and I feel like I might finally have more success at being raw in a household that's not. For one thing, my family loves several of the things I've made so they're into eating them! We will see how this plays out, but I'm optimistic at the time.
Also, another thing that I think has been helpful to me was recipes. Invest in some books and prints stuff out, maybe oragnize it into a binder, til you really start to get the hang of things. Since it's food, it seems like you just know how to do it - eat it uncooked and that's all right? well, yea, but it's also foreign when it comes to finding the right flavor combos and stuff or new ideas, new ways to use the same ingredients.
I think it's more like language and people. I'm a person and I speak a language so of course I could go to China and make my way, right? Well, yea, BUT, I don't speak Chinese and I don't know any of their culture. So while I could do it, there'd be a steep learning curve and having a few "how to integrate into Chinese culture" books, "recipe books" if you will, would be a huge help.
07-13-2011, 08:35 AM
I would use what you have until you really need to upgrade.
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