Monday, April 7, 2008

Day 8: The Mental Challenge and Kitchen Essentials


Today I had:
8 cups water
4 cups apple/carrot/beet juice
1 cup apple/lemon/collard/broccoli/beet top juice
1 cup orange/collard juice
1 cup orange/mango/broccoli/romaine juice
1 1/2 cups orange/broccoli juice

The doubts started to really kick in today. Can I really complete this? I got more emails back from my friends who cheered me on. That was the reason why I started this blog: to keep myself accountable for what I say I am going to do. So onward I go! Thank you everyone for your emails. I CAN do this!

I get emails asking me about my kitchen appliances: what do I have, what do I recommend, etc. I'll divide my list into essentials, optionals, and dream appliances.

Essential
- Blender
- Juicer
- Food processor

You do not have to spend a lot of money on these three things. I have an Osterizer Blender from Target that cost $19.99. Yes, I have gone through three of them in two years, but I do use it everyday. I have a Juiceman Jr. from Target that I bought in 1999. I think I paid $35 for it. I looked it up on Target.com and apparently it's not sold any longer. The Juiceman 2 model comes in two prices: $59.99 and $79.99. I bought a $60 13-cup food processor a few months ago. Raw foodists chop a lot of vegetables, so I find it essential because it saves so much time. A food processor is also good for making sauces, veggie burgers, and pates.

Optional
- Sprouting jar
- Dehydrator

Sprouting is really easy. I know people who sprout in bowls, but I do own a sprouting jar, but I don't recommend running out to buy one unless you are truly interested in sprouting. I think it was ten dollars. And the dehydrator question is forever coming up. If you want to make more gourmet dishes or dishes that resemble cooked food, then get a dehydrator. The square Excalibur models are superior to the round ones. My fellow Mocha Mom Monique gave me a round one for free and I have used it, but it is limiting.

Dream Appliances
-Ice Cream Maker
-Champion Juicer
-Vita-Mix
-Mandoline

I would LOVE to own all these things. And I will eventually, but they are not "must-haves." You have to know that you love being in the kitchen and creating new things. If not, your appliances are going to gather dust.

Keep the questions coming!

Love,
Althea


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3 comments:

Kristen's Raw said...

Hey hot stuff!!! Have a great day :)

Justin said...

Awesome stuff.......Small Appliance also good source for kitchen essentials & small appliances.........!

Serenity Love Divine Earth said...

I know I'm mad late... BUT I just gotta get into this... I bear witness that it is important to have all the toys. They don't have to be top of the line if you can't afford it. And I have been using my round dehydrater or 3 years and have no problems with it what so ever. Yeah my bread is round, but at the end of the day (when I eat) Who cares!

Peace

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