For the raw vegan there are certain tools necessary for survival. Many people may start off with the basics, but will soon find it valuable to outfit their kitchens with the following 7 essentials. Though the heavy hitters like the Vitamix or Blendtec blenders and Excalibur dehydrators are costly, the newbie raw vegan will eventually find purchasing them to be a greater investment in the long run.
Just like the person who wants to deck out his apartment with new furniture, so too the new raw vegan must equip himself with indispensable tools for success in the kitchen. While there are more than 7 tools that someone may want to obtain over time, here is a list of 7 key items to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
1. Juicer - 2 types: centrifugal and masticating. A centrifugal juicer is what most people think of when they think of juicers, can range from inexpensive to pricey and is used for most hard fruits and veggies. A masticating juicer is usually more expensive, but is better for juicing leafy greens, herbs and wheat grass. In addition, it can make nut butters, pasta and bread doughs. Both are beneficial for helping with the RDA of fruits and vegetables and the recipes are endless.
2. Blender - an economical one is a great beginner, but eventually you will want to invest in a high speed blender which pulverizes foods better, turning them into a creamier consistency over a regular one.
3. Food processor - if recipes don’t first call for a blender, this is the next best tool. From making sauces to nut butters to ice cream, a food processor is a foodie’s must have.
4. Ceramic knives - very sharp and cut with precision and ease. Oxidization does not occur with these knives, making them a better choice for your food.
5. Dehydrator - this is the raw vegan’s glorified oven. It is used for making snacks, breads, veggie burgers, fruit leathers, crackers, whatever creation you can dream up.
6. Spiralizer - a fun and easy to use tool for creating healthy raw “pasta noodles” from zucchini, yellow or butternut squash, daikon radish, carrots, etc.
7. Mason jars - important for storing fresh juices, nut milks and dehydrated snacks.
Some other items you can add later include a nut milk bag for straining nut milks, a sprouting kit for sprouting grains and seeds at home - green thumb not required, a vegetable peeler, a grinder for grinding seeds into flour, rubber spatulas and a mandolin for thinly-sliced items.
Analogy: one brand new stove is to a family home as the essentially outfitted kitchen is to the raw vegan - you do the math.