Every kitchen requires certain tools for the successful preparation of fresh meals. Raw food dieters are especially in need of them, as raw food meals frequently require extensive preparation. If you’re starting a new raw food diet, or you want to make your current one easier and more versatile, make sure you stock your kitchen with these 10 essential tools.
A food processor is like a high-powered blender on steroids. These are great for preparing thicker sauces, pastes, and spreads that are more difficult to create in a blender. They usually come equipped with grater or slicer attachments, which are perfect for shredded raw food salads. Food processors come in a range of sizes, so if you’re only making food for one or two people, a smaller size will do.
Food dehydrators are great for drying and preserving fruits and vegetables. Typical methods of canning overheat foods so that almost all of their nutritional value is lost in the process. Food dehydrators do not overheat foods, so you can preserve the nutrients in your favorite fruits and veggies.
High Powered Electric and Small Low-Powered Hand Blenders
One of each is essential here. Use high-powered electric blenders to make smoothies and fresh fruit and vegetable juices, sauces, raw nut cheeses, and raw nut milks. Hand blenders serve the same purpose but are great for smaller portions, less messy and easier to clean.
Use a mandolin to slice, shred and julienne your favorite vegetables, easily, quickly and even decoratively, if you wish. This handy tool can turn a whole zucchini into a pile of noodles in minutes.
Sharp Knives and Cutting Boards
These are a must-have for any kitchen, but are especially useful for raw food dieters. Sharpen your knives regularly and use non-wooden cutting boards to avoid bacteria build up.
A citrus juicer significantly eases the process of making fresh fruit juices. These are smaller and easier to clean than other types of juicers, and don’t require you to peel the fruit first.
Similar to a mandolin, a spiral slicer can make fresh vegetable “pastas” by shredding zucchini, carrots, beets and other veggies into spiraled noodles. This is a great tool to have when spaghetti squashes are not in season.
People on regular diets use coffee grinders for coffee. But for the raw food kitchen, this is the perfect tool for grinding small nuts, seeds and even herbs and spices in small amounts. Fresh spices are better than dried spices and ground flax seeds are a favorite among raw food dieters. Coffee grinders are relatively inexpensive too.
Nylon Mesh Bag or Cheesecloth
Certain raw food recipes call for ingredients to be strained in a nylon mesh bag or cheesecloth. These come in handy when you need to strain milks, cheeses or sauces. Also known as a “sprout bag” these are often used to drain the liquid from nut milks.
Just because you’re on a raw food diet, that does not exempt you from drinking lots of healthy, purified water. Though raw foods contain more water than cooked foods, you must still drink water in its purest form, and since most tap water has been treated with chlorine and other chemicals, a water purifier is a necessity in any raw food kitchen. Water purifiers come in many forms from faucet filters to water pitchers that you can store in your refrigerator. Find the model that works best for your household and remember to replace your filters regularly.