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raw food equipment guide - laura miller

07 Oct Raw Food Equipment Guide

I get a ton of emails asking for suggestions on what food processors and blenders to buy. I really want to emphasize that if you’re just getting started with raw food, definitely don’t feel like you have buy everything all at once! Start with what you’ve got, then figure out which of these you’re actually using a lot or really feeling like you’re missing. The worst thing is to spend a bunch of money on kitchen stuff that will just take up shelf space. My suggestions below are all for things that I’ve either used myself or gotten glowing recommendations about. Hope you find it helpful!
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Food processor – great for making puddings, chunky sauces, and our beloved frozen banana ice cream! Cuisinart ($179) Hamilton Beach ($46)
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High speed blender – It’s great for making super smooth green shakes, desserts, sauces, anything. You’re really looking for that smooth, creamy texture here. Blendtec and Vitamix are the high-end ones that really take it to the next level. That said, I know lots of people who LOVE the Nutribullet, which is much less expensive. Vitamix ($498)  Blendtec ($399) Magic Bullet NutriBullet ($88)
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Good knives – you’ll be cutting A LOT of fruits and veggies, so this is a must. make sure they’re sharp, because (funny thing!) the duller the knife, the more likely you are to cut yourself — believe me, I have the scars to prove it.Yoshihiro Cutlery Hammered Damascus Gyuto Knife, 8-Inch ($130) Victorinox 10-Inch Chef’s Knife, Rosewood Handle ($68) Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife ($34)
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Mandoline – really cheap and really handy! great for making thinly sliced “pasta noodles” out of zucchini!  Swissmar Borner has great reviews ($49) Benriner Wide-Body Large Slicer extra-wide! I have the regular version but I’m going to get one of these so I can do full-sized beets without cutting them.($35) OXO Hand-Held ($15) or alternately, a very good peeler Kuhn Rikon Peeler (set of 3, $6)
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Mason jars – for sprouting, storing Kerr wide mouth jars (case of 12, $20)
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Cheesecloth – for making nut milks, sprouting seeds, etc Unbleached Cheesecloth ($6)
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Spiralizer – for making those incredible zucchini noodles! Spiralizer ($30)
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Dehydrator- how to make crackers, crusts, kale chips, and basically anything crispy! In my opinion, it’s not totally necessary to buy a dehydrator just because you’re getting into raw food. Especially if you’re just starting out, an oven kept at a low temp works fine. That said, I have yet to meet a who doesn’t love their dehydrator – you can really just set it and forget it!
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TSM Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator with 10 Shelves ($584) Excalibur this is the most commonly used one ($233) Excalibur 2400 4-Tray ($104)
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self pep talk - Laura Miller / Sidesaddle Kitchen

24 Sep Self Care / I hide this when people come over

I shove this piece of paper under my desk every time someone comes over. (That’s why it’s all dirty and crumpled up.) It looks like some exercise out of a self-help book and it’s embarrassing.
 
I was feeling crappy. Extremely crappy. So I grabbed a piece of construction paper, and scribbled down a pep talk to myself. Then I read it aloud to myself every morning for the next week or so.  Can you imagine me doing this? WAIT STOP PLEASE DON’T because I definitely do look just as crazy as you’re imagining.
 
But here’s the thing: it actually worked. I started drinking more water. I started eating more leafy greens. I made myself exercise even when I felt exhausted and terrible because that’s when I needed it most.
 
Maybe it was the act of saying it out loud, as if I was telling a friend to take care of herself (i.e. “not for any other reason other than it will feel good and help you feel better”) which makes sense, because I don’t want my best friend to look skinnier or prettier, I just want her to feel better.
 
Anyway, this embarrassing post is just a reminder to you to “TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, (insert your name)” because feeling like a self-help-book-reading cheeseball and/or embarrassing yourself still beats feeling like crap.
 

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16 Sep RVNG is trilingual!

Tastemade Channel (who I filmed the original RVNG videos with) has released one of my first videos with Spanish and German voiceovers!
 
I think they are kind of just testing it out to see how people like it, so I don’t know if there will be more, but definitely send to anyone you know who might like it!
 

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10 Sep Road Trip Snacks

I had to drive down to Los Angeles last night and decided that I’d share what I picked up from my local market on my way out of San Francisco.

What snacks do you bring on road trips? I’m driving back up in a few days so I’ll need some suggestions!

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08 Sep Get your paws on some frooby prints!

I’ve gotten a ton of comments/emails asking how to get these prints if you’re not local, so HERE is the link to The Aesthetic Union’s online shop to buy them. They were printed by James Tucker (a friend of mine who runs his very own letterpress shop) and created by some of my favorite local artists. Every single one is going up in my house, just FYI.

Check them out and support some local artists right here!


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