Friday, September 18, 2020

10 Essentials Raw Vegans Need in The Kitchen


The first year I went raw with Justin, we knew some of our family wasn’t ready to understand our shift in “lifestyle”. We had a hard time creating our annual Wish List of things we wanted for Christmas, because the things we really wanted weren’t things our family was ready to understand. I think we asked for socks and gift certificates.

This list is a great starting guide when setting up your raw food kitchen. I’m talking about all the stuff you’ll need besides the Vita-Mix, Food Processor and Dehydrator. Those are the essentials. They are the appliances. This is the other stuff that really makes your raw food kitchen easy and fun to use.

This list is also great for the raw foodist “in the closet”, who wants something for their raw kitchen, but isn’t ready to ask for raw cacao in their Christmas stocking.

Ladies and gentleman, start your wish lists!

Part One: Less Than 10 Dollars:

# 1. Pyrex 2 Cup Measuring Cup.
Get your hands on a classic for around Five Dollars:
What a simple useful tool when getting ready to soak raw almonds (especially if you are going to make almond milk). Because it is made of glass it is easier to clean. I try to buy glass over plastic whenever possible. Besides, these glass measuring cups last a lifetime.

# 2. Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons.
A kitchen essential for about 6 Dollars:
I’ve tried using my plastic measuring spoons, but for some reason, they drive me crazy. I have a small set of stainless steel measuring spoons which are almost identical to the ones sold here on Amazon, and I love them. I never realized how much I used them until I started to do a lot of un-cooking. Now I use them all the time. They also last practically forever, which is nice.

# 3. Pyrex Glass 9 1/2 Inch Pie Plate.
Create your own family heirloom for less than 6 dollars:
Good old Pyrex. This is the classic, but when you’re raw, you’re going to use the pie plate in a whole new way… away from the oven! For around six dollars, this is an incredible deal. This plate should last you forever, unless you drop it from a three story building, and even then it might make it in one piece. (Kids! Don’t try this at home!)

My grandma gave me one of her beloved Pyrex pie plates, and I used it to make the Raw Pumpkin pie. It’s probably 40 years old, but works just like new. It’s now a family heirloom. Making raw food. Awesome.

# 4. OXO Good Grips Apple slicer.
A great value for less Than 8 Dollars:
When Justin and I were registering for our wedding, we didn’t know what to buy. We loved each other, we wanted to get married, but we had no clue as to what “stuff” we needed. If only we were raw then – I’d have a giant list for everyone! One of the things we did request was an apple slicer. When we received it as a gift, I never thought I was going to use it as much as I do now.

Cost? About eight dollars.
Value of perfectly proportioned sliced apples with caramel apple dip? Priceless.

# 5. Nalgene Water/Smoothie Bottle.
Convenience for less than 10 Dollars:
Before I was raw, I had a Nalgene bottle. I brought my water with me everywhere I went. I even tried to measure how much water I was drinking.

Now I drink about 32 oz. of water every day. I bring my Nalgene with me when I’m around town, and I put our smoothies in our Nalgene bottles.

If you put smoothies in them, just remember to clean your Nalgene bottles as soon as you’re done with your smoothie. Wash with clean water, a bit of vinegar, or some really safe dish soap, and you can use a Nalgene bottle for awhile.

# 6. Fruit and Soft Vegetable Peeler by OXO.
A great price under 10 Dollars:
This was also given as a wedding gift with our apple slicer. Now I look back, and think of what a thoughtful gift that was! I use this to peel apple skin, zucchini skin, cucumber, pears, even mango. Now that is is fall/winter, I use it often and am thankful for the nice grip that doesn’t hurt my hand like the cheap old school vegetable peelers. A fantastic invention.

# 7. Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowls – 3 Piece set.
Three bowls for just Under 10 Dollars:
I was looking for an awesome salad bowl to recommend, but I couldn’t find one that I really liked. Instead, I found this 3 piece set from Pyrex. You can use it for salad, raw soups, or use it as a fruit bowl, as well as mixing raw stuffing ingredients! It’s up to you!

This set also comes in a lovely cobalt blue, but Amazon is out of stock right now, yet they supposedly are about to get more in. If you want the blue set, you might want to order it now so you can get it in time for the holidays!

Part Two: 20 – 25 Dollars

# 8. Lock and Lock Storage Containers – 17 Piece Set.
Store your raw food for less than 25 Dollars:
On Tuesday, Justin and I had dinner with my Mom and Dad. Mom had a special pre-Christmas present for me. What was it? A set of these Lock and Lock containers! At first, I was a bit skeptical. After all:

1.) I had never heard of them before.
2.) They are rectangular.

Now, after using them for a few days, I think I’m hooked. These are awesome!

If only Mom had given them to me a week ago… I made my caramel apple dip, and as I pulled my storage container out of the fridge, I accidentally dropped the container on the floor, spilling 95% of my caramel apple dip. I nearly cried. I think next time I’ll put the dip in one of these containers, and I won’t have to worry next time.

# 9. Salad Spinner by OXO.
Salad, fresh and washed for under 25 Dollars:
Salad is a big part of being a raw foodist. Minerals, nutrients, and yummy raw salad dressings! With the recent scares on spinach and other greens, it just reminds us to remember to gently wash our produce, including salad greens. Besides, using a salad spinner is fun!

OK, our Top Ten list is almost done, but I’ve got one more thing you are going to love:

# 10. Epicurean Cutting Board 15 inches by 11 Inches.
Durability, easy to clean and it’s under 25 Dollars!:
I have recently found this Epicurean cutting board in a few stores, and it’s the only thing on this list that I don’t personally have. Oh yes, I have many cutting boards of various surfaces, but nothing that is as thin, strong, and easy to clean as my future cutting board friend.

I know a couple of people who have one, and the one thing they keep telling me is to make sure to get as big of a board as you can spend. One friend bought the smaller 12×9 board, and wished they would have gotten at least the 15×11.

And sure, you can have other cutting boards as well, but this is a great daily cutting board. I consider this one essential as you make raw food every day.

I hope you liked my raw vegan essentials list! Let me know if you have any ideas to add!

~ Heidi

My name is Heidi, and I have been eating a raw food diet since 2004. Before I found raw food, I have tried all sorts of different ways of eating including: standard vegetarian, fare, vegan, food, macrobiotic, Marilu Henner's programs, food combining, slow food, and more, I followed along on social and did everything I could. I understood the idea of Raw Food since I first learned of it in 2000, but it wasn't until 2004 that I started making raw food a daily part of my life.

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