Now that you're ready to eat raw living foods, you're probably wondering what equipment and food staples you'll need. You will need some basic kitchen equipment and food staples to get you started.
1. Blender. If you have a good blender that is working fine, there is no need to rush out purchase a heavy duty blender. A heavy duty blender is great, but start where you are and work your way up. I am partial to the Vita Mix, but there are many heavy duty blenders on the market you can choose from.
2. Coffee grinder (optional). A coffee grinder is good for grinding flax seeds and other seeds and nuts. I have a Magic Bullet and it has an attachment for grinding seeds and nuts. You can also use a heavy duty blender for grinding, but most of the time you will need small amounts, so you may consider purchasing a coffee grinder.
3. Food processor. A food processor is good to have, but I don't believe you need to have one, when you're starting out. Why? Because a lot of things you can do with a food processor you can do with a good heavy duty blender.
4. Juicer. A juicer is good to have, but again, I don't believe this is necessary when you are starting out. Don't feel you need to purchase a top of the line juicer. Start small and work your way up.
5. Dehydrator. A dehydrator is good to have (not necessary), if you want to make dried fruit (my favorite!) crackers, breads and seasoned nuts and have other little treats on hand (especially during your transition). However, over time you will find that you will use your dehydrator less and less.
1. Mixing bowls
2. Rubber Spatulas
4. Cutting board (wood or bamboo)
5. Kitchen scissors
7. Garlic press
8. Mason jars
9. Measuring cups and spoons
10. Sprout bag or cheese cloth (for straining nut milks)
11. Fine mesh strainer
12. Vegetable peeler
1. Fruit (dried and frozen)
2. Dried herbs and spices
3. Oils and Vinegars
4. Raw nuts and seeds
5. Sweeteners and Seasonings (sea salt, pepper, cayenne pepper)
7. Raw grains-buckwheat groats, oat groats, etc
8. Raw nut/seed butters
**Purchase fresh, preferably organic produce on a weekly basis.
Check out local farmers markets in your area!