A few people have contacted me this week asking about equipment and also from google keywords perspective (in between the satanic oranges etc.) it seems this is what you guys wanna know. So here are my sexy recommendations just for you.
I don’t think you have to go allllll out and buy a Champion or a Greenstar if you don’t want to. I can personally vouch for this model here having had 2 of them. Only bought another cos I gave the first to my mum, not cos it broke or owt. It can take big bugger pieces of fruit and veg so you don’t have to spend half your life chopping. Good bit of advice for you though, as it’s centrifugal the pulp can still have some liquidy magic left in it. Secure a nut milk bag to the waste compartment and when you’re finished get squeeeeeeeeeezing some more juice out of that pulp baby! Awesome! And a bargain at a sixth of the price… Philips HR1861 Aluminium Whole Fruit Juicer with Juice Jug and Cleaning Brush
I won’t lie, Vitamix is definitely, without a shadow of a doubt the best blender you can buy. But because of this it also comes with a hefty price-tag (£579). The good news is that it will last you a lifetime guaranteed which is an awfully long time if you are eating lots of raw foods.
Also, if you’re serious about the raw food lifestyle you’re gonna want something really sturdy that will go the five times a day distance (ooh er). If you’re going to buy I’d recommend buying from Fresh Network cos they usually have some kind of discount code in operation (I got £40 discount for spending over £300 when I bought my VM) click link below to go to TFN and see what offers they have on…
If you’d rather test the water first with a more reasonably priced model then these are two blenders I’ve personally used and loved:
Philips HR2094 Aluminium Blender, 750 Watt, Chrome/Black
You’ll have seen my earlier blog posts on travelling while raw. You just can’t beat something you can fit in your suitcase that’s light and easy to use. Even if you don’t travel that much (you should really) then these are handy sizes for making dressings or if you prefer making smaller smoothies. I likes me a big 2 litre monster!! 🙂
Kenwood SB055 Smoothie 2GO, Silver
Similar to the food blender thang really, a Magimix is the food processor of processors in my personal opinion. But again, hefty on the old wallet, not that you’re not worth it of course. There are attachments to this thing that I’m still trying to fathom. Super S blade is really what I’m all about but if you like your graters, choppers and er, slicers then this is the machine for you.
Magimix 18328 3200 Food Processor in Satin
Butttt, if you’re on a budget this little machine is an absolute gem and saw me through many a food processing night. Seriously, this machine is awesome and super value for money.
Kenwood Compact FP126 1.4 Litre Food Processor, Chrome
You’ll have noticed from my free recipe book that I have a few spiralised recipes. This machine can do to courgettes what Gok Wan can do to any middle-aged sagging old wifey i.e. make them even more fabulous! Apart from anything else it’s fun. Husbands love it too! Make spaghetti shaped pasta out of courgettes, sweet potatoes and anything else you can think of. Does not work with bananas. I’ve tried.
Nut milk bag
Also called a sprout bag or muslin bag these little gems will help whizz up a nut milk in no time. If you don’t know what a nut milk is check here.
You can also just use a pair of clean tights, does the job just dandy. You can get them from pretty much any online raw food store including Fresh, Viva Pure, Detox Your World or ebay.
YES – check ebay to see if there is anything going slightly cheaper, you might pick up a bargain. That and the Raw Food Directory facebook page, it’s like a craigslist of all thangs raw.
Chopping boards – should be wooden not plastic. If nothing else it’s so uncool to have plastic in your food.
Knives – should be sharp. Shell out on a good knife, it makes raw food preparation at least 79% more fun!
Phew, that was tiring 🙂
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This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/