There are many appliances that you could use in your kitchen to make your life easier; a microwave, an oven, a steamer etc but following a raw food diet I have come to realise that there are just some things I can’t live without. It’s riduculous really because a few years ago I didn’t have these things and managed just fine, but now I wonder how I survived without them.
Above is a detailed infographic highlighting some of the things that I use in my kitchen to make my busy life easier. As a raw food eater I tend to follow the simple path of juicing and blending but as a bit of a gadget lover I do also spend time dehydrating food, especially chillies and making my own pasta from vegetables, so my spiraliser comes in really handy.
I am going to start by talking about my juicer because it is probably the most used item in my kitchen. I make raw juice twice daily through the week and three times at the weekend if I’m at home. Veggie or fruit juice is a great source of vitamins and minerals and is really filling.
Choosing a juicer can be really difficult, especially if you have not used one before. When I first bought a juicer I chose a nice £80 one online and it was okay, it juiced, but some vegetables had to be cut up to juice properly which for me defeated the purpose. I was trying to save time. Plus harder apples didn’t juice particularly well and when I removed what was left of the apple it was still somewhat soggy!
So after a few months I bit the bullet and bought myself a proper masticating juicer. I am not going to tell you which particular brand I bought because I don’t want to advertise it over others that are probably just as good; but lets just say that it is a slow masticating juicer with smoothie and frozen dessert functions!
Although spending nearly four times as much on it, the juicing function is by far superior and I feel like I am actually requiring less fruit and veg to make a pint of juice so therefore am saving money there anyway.
I have previously written a blog about my dehydrator http://rawfoodblog.co.uk/eating-diet/dehydrator-homemade-dried-food/ and I love it as much now as I did then. Not only is it great for the normal dehydration of fruits by I have also started making crispy nuts and seeds with it after reading an article online http://www.culturesforhealth.com/10-ways-to-use-a-food-dehydrator.
There are so many things you can do and although I haven’t tried them all out yet I am certainly going to give some a go.
Not something you would find in a regular kitchen but despite a few interesting outcomes I can now make cucumber spaghetti! It takes some time to get used to doing it, well it did for me, I’m not the most dexterous person, but when you’ve experimented a little the results are amazing. The tip is to do it slowly. What is great about this little gadget is that you can cut and style any fruit and vegetable making your dishes look professionally made.
First and foremost; a blender and juicer are not the same thing. A juicer squahses food to press all the juice out and removes the pulp so all you are left with is juice. A blender mixes all the ingredients together and removes nothing. Blenders are great for sauces, salad dressings and soups and with so many raw food recipes for all of these I just can’t see how you could do without one.
I was bought a sprouting hemp bag last year for my birthday. Now before you go on about marjuana it has nothing to do with the drug, well okay it is related but so are dometicated cats and lions but you wouldn’t even consider calling them the same. I do not grow illegal drugs in the bag. The hemp bag is made from cloth that is so tightly woven seeds and grains have no trouble sprouting in this bag.
All you have to do is soak the seed filled bag for 30 seconds in the morning, leave it to drip drain for 5 mins (hanging somewhere over a bowl to catch the water) and then do the same in the evening for perfectly sprouted seeds.
If you are new to raw food or even if you are old hat and are just looking for something new there are many fantastic recipe books out there to guide you. Just like any other recipe book they have examples of starters, main courses, soups and desserts. Some usually have a detailed list of raw food ingredients that you will need too, so you can shop before your start creating your masterpieces.
I hope you enjoy the infographic, I plan to create more in the future.
Let me know what you couldn’t live without in your kitchen in the comments section below.