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You now know about what raw vegan is and the infinite, life-changing benefits of the diet. You’ve also seen some beautiful acai bowls, rainbow salads and zucchini lasagnes on Instagram, and want to create them for yourself. Preparing amazing food on a raw vegan diet is easy with the right equipment.
So what are Must-Haves for Every Raw Vegan Kitchen?
1. A juicer
Not all juicers are created equal, but an effective, powerful one will be your new best friend. The whole point of a raw vegan diet is to access the abundance of vitamins and minerals found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, which give you that boost of energy and healthy glow, so the ability to do this quickly is a must, especially for those with a hectic schedule. Not only does the Omega J8006 Nutrition Centre Masticating Dual-Stage Juice Extractor sound like something made by NASA, but it also presses and squeezes your ingredients, rather than tearing them apart like many others on the market, producing larger quantities of juice, bursting with goodness. For first timers, try a guide like ‘Juicing for Beginners’, which explains the benefits of juicing and offers plenty of recipes. Make sure to tell all your friends that you’re juicing, and how juicing has changed your life, and how much energy you’re getting from juicing. They will not get bored of it.
2. A good knife
Imagine trying to cut a watermelon with a blunt knife on the daily. At some point, you’re gonna lose a finger. To retain all limbs and digits, a good quality knife for cutting your fruits and veggies is essential. This Mercer vegetable knife will chop your watermelons like a pro, with its non-slip grip and excellent balance, allowing you to enjoy a delicious piece of fruit with your hand fully intact. Chop away!
A ceramic knife is similarly crucial in your raw vegan kitchen and, it appears, is totally in culinary fashion right now. It not only stays sharp for the rest of time – or longer than steel ones at least – but it will slow the process of discoloration when it comes to our fruits and veggies compared to using stainless steel. My personal favorite ceramic knife is this one, with its anti-bacterial, nontoxic blade, allowing your fruits and vegetables to retain their color, and their beautiful goodness, for longer.
If you’re feeling particularly fancy, try having a go at fruit art.
A team at Oxford University studied the science behind aesthetics and our dining experiences. Unsurprisingly, they found that food arranged in an artistic, eye-pleasing way is far more enjoyable. For more intricate slicing, try these Brenium paring and garnishing knives, and you’ll be well on your way to creating Picasso-esque works of art.
4. A food processor
If you’re anything like me, and love a good bargain, you’ll spend $20 on a food processor, basking in the glory of spending as little as possible on something that people pay hundreds for, quickly realizing that it would be much cheaper and quicker to process your cashews and dates by hand with a teaspoon. You’ll be there for a week and a half, but you’ll still have your 20 bucks. Don’t make the same mistake I did, and invest in a really good processor, that will make living the raw vegan life easy.
This Cuisinart FP-12DCN Elite Collection processor features a powerful motor that will make all raw recipes a doddle. Whether you’re processing cashews for a ‘cheese’ sauce or dates for your unbaked brownies, this processor will tackle it much quicker than beating it by hand with a spoon, and certainly much quicker than that $20 waste of space. Happy processing!
5. A blender
Now you might think that a blender is the exact same thing as a food processor – I did – but think again! Blenders are typically for use just with liquids, whereas food processors are used for more laborious tasks, like report-writing, getting the kids ready for school and mowing the lawn.
A staple of many vegan and raw vegan YouTubers, the Vitamix, though more expensive than other less effective blenders, is a must in any kitchen, and will power through most concoctions, liquid or not. From vitamin-packed smoothies to aromatic soups, it will attend to all of your raw vegan needs and have you producing perfect aesthetically pleasing chia bowls that even Fully Raw Kristina would be jealous of. You will be well on your way to #livingyourbestlife with a purchase of one of these amazing feats of technology. You can vary the speed to create the desired consistency, grind nuts for natural nut butters, and it even cleans itself. Enough said.
6. A mandoline
One of my favorite things to make is zucchini lasagne, especially for my friends and family. ‘But what do raw vegans eat, though?’ A beautiful, appetising dish, it relies on a good quality mandoline to get the zucchini noodles just right. This multifunctioning mandoline is the perfect product to have you producing dinner-party-quality meals that will dazzle even the most skeptical in your social circle. Want to wow them even more? It will slice, shred and grate your veggies, allowing for some amazing garnishes and sides. Remember to be humble when they realize that a raw vegan lifestyle involves eating some incredible food, boosts in energy levels, clearer skin and an extended life, and proceed to ask you for your favorite recipes. Also, try to resist the urge to say, ‘I told you so’.
7. A spiralizer
Spiralizers, although at the tail end of their burst of popularity over the last couple of years, are a vital product in the raw vegan kitchen. Like a mandoline, they allow you to create stunning, intricate dishes that fight the stereotype of raw vegan meals as nothing more than bowls of limp lettuce. Instead, with a Spiralizer Ultimate 7-Blade Vegetable Slicer, you can create varying textures and styles of vegetable ‘spaghetti’, my favorites being butternut squash, carrot and zucchini. Team a mixture with this flavorful raw chili, and you have yourself a sumptuous dish of healthy goodness, bursting with color and ready to revitalize your body and mind.
8. A dehydrator
Perhaps the most enigmatic on the list, the dehydrator is still a lesser known piece of equipment, but one that can completely change your perception of the raw vegan diet. It’s worth investing in this piece of awesomeness, which works by circulating warm air to remove the water from food, preserving its life and intensifying its flavor: a raw food ‘oven’, if you will. Get ready for a roller coaster of flavors that will satisfy even those with the pickiest of pallets. Think cinnamon sugar pear chips, habanero pepper crackers and cacao pecan crème sandwich cookies: dishes fancy enough for the Queen of England, but surprisingly simple with a dehydrator like this one from Excalibur. Affordable and great value for money, its patented Hyperwave technology removes water effortlessly, making for an exciting adventure into the world of raw vegan cuisine.
So there you have it. A guide to the raw vegan kitchen equipment essentials that will grant you to access the life-changing benefits of the diet and have you whipping up Michelin-starred dishes in no time. Bowls of limp lettuce? Not in your kitchen.