Are you well stocked…with the essential “Raw Tools”

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Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on expensive kitchen appliances. You may already have the essentials laying around in your kitchen. Well I’m here to share what I have and I didn’t have to break the bank in doing so. I will also share where I purchased most of my tools and where you can shop for these items online at a low cost. A well stocked kitchen makes all the difference in your raw food journey.


3 Staple Appliances

 
food processorhigh speed blenderNesco Food Dehydrator

Food processor:

It’s staple to have a food processor. It helps you to slice, grate, chop and more importantly puree. I use it to make dips, yogurt, puddings, nut butters, raw desserts, pates, salads and so much more that you really have to follow my blog! I remember I purchased a mini food processor that eventually I used it so much I burnt the motor. So if your in it for the long run, invest in a heavy duty food processor ( like Kitchen Aid or Cuisinart ). I purchased a KitchenAid KFP715OB 7-Cup Food Processor, Onyx Black, I have had it for 3 years (nonstop pulsating) and it is still going strong. It’s basic, easy to clean, easy to use and I have had no problems. But if your on a budget, you can just borrow your friends food processor for awhile, I’m sure they will not even notice!

Blender:

Blender, yes another important item in the kitchen. It makes liquid food smoother and less gritty. I use it to make soups, drinks, dressings and yogurt as well. Many raw foodists will swear on purchasing a Vitamix or a Blendtec as their high speed blender of choice because it almost replaces the food processor and they even make raw whole juices.  It is heavy on the bank, however I will stick to my current blender until it fails. I own a Black & Decker and it does the job. You can purchase any blender at Future shop, Best Buy, Walmart, Canadian Tire, Costco just to name a few.
You can visit for low prices of Vitamix and Blendtec below:
(i) Vitamix 1782 TurboBlend, 2 Speed
(ii) Blendtec WildSide HP3A Blender – 3 Qt (96 oz) Container & 4″ Blade – BLACK

Dehydrator:

I heart my dehydrator! I think I bought my dehydrator on my second day of experimenting with raw foods, that’s how committed I was. A dehydrator removes the moisture without losing its enzymes. It usually runs all night or more, depending on the recipe. Also, it will emit an odor into the air, so be prepared. (Example when you make onion/garlic bread think twice before you make the recipe). But in the end you will love your R2D2 as my boyfriend calls it. I pretty much use it for making fruit roll ups, cakes, crackers, bread and so many raw desserts. There are 2 different models, Excalibur and Nesco Dehydrator. The Excalibur is most popular with the raw foodist because of it’s square shape and removable trays you can make many variations of raw food. I bought a Nesco FD-75A 600-Watt Food Dehydrator, Gray Speckled, it’s circular shape and restricted layers of trays makes it challenging to make certain foods,(examples: square crackers, loaves of bread) but I managed to find a way.
You can visit for less expensive food dehydrators below:
(i) Nesco FD-75A 600-Watt Food Dehydrator, Gray Speckled
(ii) Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express 4-Tray Food Dehydrator, White
(iii) Excalibur 2400 4-Tray Economy Dehydrator, Black
(iv) Excalibur 3900B 9-Tray Deluxe Dehydrator, Black

 

Juicer:

There is one more appliance that raw foodist use regularly however I don’t use it as much, it’s a juicer. If your an avid juicer then I say go for it. You can whip up any juice with almost any vegetable or fruit and with the leftover pulp you can make crackers and bread. I own a juicer however I hardly use it. I usually resort to making smoothies using my blender.
You can visit online for the best juicers below:
(i) Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer (Black and Chrome)
(ii) Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer (White)
(iii) Hamilton-Beach 67806C HealthSmart Juice Extractor

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Basic Tools

raw tools raw extras

From my experience these are the tools I use the most and I am sure everyone has these items located in ” the unused kitchen drawer” where all the tools are hidden.

Fine mesh strainers: Cheesecloth, mini strainer (or regular size strainer), I use these to strain the liquid out when making milk, cheeses and nut pates. Cheesecloth are also recyclable and can be used many times which provide great uses to dry out washed salads, herbs, sprouting and fermentation. You can purchase all of these items at the dollar store.
You can visit online for cheesecloth below:
(i) Beyond Gourmet Unbleached Cheesecloth
(ii) Norpro Natural Cheese Cloth

Measuring Tools: Measuring cup, measuring spoons essential when you want to replicate your favorite recipe and you need to know the units. You can purchase all of these items affordable at the dollar store.

Julienne Tools: String peeler is used to make fine vegetable strands like spaghetti.  The peeler is great for removing skins from any fruit or vegetable. I purchased a OXO Good Grips Good Grips Corer peeler from Deco Decouverte. Best peeler yet, it’s sturdy and peels easily, no force. (I’ve been through a lot of peelers and this is the best brand thus far)
You can visit the best julienne tools below:
(i) String Peeler:OXO Good Grips Peeler – Julienne – French – Soft grip
(ii) Peeler:OXO Good Grips Good Grips Corer

Lemon squeezer: The best invention yet! As stated when you have lemons, you make lemon juice. Especially when most of my recipe calls for lemon juice for dips, yogurt and cakes, yes lemon on cakes do exist! I own a stainless steel lemon squeezer. From my experience, I purchased a plastic lemon squeezer and well it didn’t last very long. Either that or I’m really strong. All this to say, invest in a stainless steel lemon squeezer.
You can visit online for stainless steel lemon squeezers below:
(i) Stainless Steel Manual Fruit Juicer Lemon Squeezer Kitchen Tools
(ii) MYLIFE Stainless-Steel Citrus Juice Press Lemon/Orange Squeezer*1
(iii) Stainless Steel Lemon Squeezer Juicer

Funnels: Another great tool to channel my nut milks. Especially if you want to transfer your liquids from one bottle to another. You can purchase a variety of funnels at the dollar store.

Rubber cookie sheet: I purchased this at the dollar store, not a bad investment. I use it when I have to make cookies. Or when I need a surface to flatten my raw dough. Because of its silicone base, it’s very easy to clean! Love!

Mini whisk: I use it for mixing up salad dressing very fast. Recipe to follow in my future posts. I received my mini whisk as a gift. But its best to purchase a silicone whisk, just in case you need to whisk minerals that cannot get mixed with metals.
You can visit for mini silicone whisks below:
(i)Cute Retro colourful mini whisk – assorted colours – kitchen gadget aid (FYI very cute as a gift set and possible my next purchase!!)
(ii)Danesco Sauce Whisk – Silicone – Mini – Green

Garlic press: Essential to make mince garlic for my hummus and other dips. Again I own a stainless steel garlic press for durability. It’s also best to get one where you can crush nuts and remove pits from olives or cherries so you will get your moneys worth in the long run.
You can visit for stainless steel garlic press below:
(i) Garlic Press / Crusher with Nutcracker

Knives: Essential need I say more. And can be purchased almost anywhere.

Bag clips: I recycle my chip bags so I use my bag clips for extra closure. Bag clips can be purchased at the dollar store.

Rolling pin: Useful when I need to flatten out crackers or raw desserts. Also it can be purchased at the dollar store.

Plastic spatulas: Useful when removing all the leftover pudding, dips or pates from your food processor and great to score and spread the mixture on the dehydrator trays. Can be easily purchased at the dollar store.

Last but least the apple corer:  This was my latest addition to my kitchen family of tools and I love it. It’s great when I have to core an apple and make my apple chips. Also great tool for piercing holes for my raw doughnuts. I purchased my apple corer from this kitchen appliance store called, “thinkkitchen“. I own a OXO Good Grips Corer – Soft grip, OXO is a brand that I trust.
You can visit online for apple corers below:
(i) OXO Good Grips Corer – Soft grip
(ii) SODIAL(R) High Quality Apple Fruit Corer Core Remover Handle with Soft Grip

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Extra Appliances and Tools

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raw extra tools

Here are extra tools and appliances that I had that grew almost into an addiction, (kinda like tupperware. lol)

Molds: Cake and cookie molds, cookie cutters, sandwich storage container, silicone cupcake molds, plastic containers, ice trays, I use all of these to make bread, chocolate, crackers, cookies, cakes. And I purchased most of these straight from the dollar store.

Magic Bullet: I had this before raw entered my life and I mostly use this to make my smoothies. You can purchase the magic bullet at Costco or Walmart.
Or you can visit online below for the Magic Bullet:
(i) The Original Magic Bullet Express Blender System (as seen on TV! Includes 17 pieces)
(ii) Magic Bullet Express Deluxe 26-piece Mixer & Blender (25-piece with Bonus Ice Shaver Blade)

Mandolin Slicer: I use it to make thin slices of any vegetable and fruit. Especially if I want to make any type of vegetable or fruit chip, jicama perogies or eggplant bacon. Yes you can make raw bacon and it’s not fattening! Recipe to follow.
You can visit online for the Mandoline Slicer:
(i) OXO Good Grips Good Grips Hand Held Mandoline Slicer
(ii)Norpro Mandoline Slicer Grater with Guard

Slap Chop: I already owned a Slap Chop before being a raw foodie. But I do find it useful if I have to chop nuts quickly to put on my cereal! It’s not a necessity, but it is handy.
You can visit below online for Slap Chop:
(i) Slap Chop
(ii)Kitchenaid Slap Chop Food Chopper Machine Grater

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Storage

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Glass storage, recycled plastic bags, glass containers, glass bottles: It’s important to own storage containers in order to preserve what you made for a limited time. I use my glass jars to store homemade jams, nuts, nut milks, chips, chocolate, I even drink my smoothies from them. I find that glass is always better than plastic for future health reasons.  I also keep my chip or any bags for extra storage when I make my Kale chips, especially if they have a closure at top. You can purchase all of these items at the dollar store, Walmart or Costco.
You can visit online for glass mason jars and milk bottles below:
(i)Bernardin Vintage Jars, Blue, 500ml – Pack of 6
(ii)Quattro Stagioni Jar – 0.50L. Lid #70mm – 17 oz
(iii)Set 12 Retro Colorful Spice Jars Glass Food Storage Bottles with Sealing Clasp Lids
(iv)Jarden Home Brands Ball Mason “Pint” Jars Wide-Mouth Can or Freeze-12pk (By)
(v)Milk bottle with glass stopper, Collection “Nadia” , modern and unique style (ART GLASS powered by CRISTALICA)
(vi)Clear Glass Milk Water Bottle – 19 x 8cm

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I hope you enjoyed this little reference of what useful tools are needed to make some of my raw food recipes. You don’t need to purchase all of these at once. This process took many months to figure out what works best for the recipes I love to crack! All I started was a cutting board, a knife and the rest was history! Show us what you have and leave us your comments below! If you see anything missing, post about it!

Thanks again Raw foodies’s, go ahead spoil yourself Raw’tn!!

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