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.

- 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 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.

- 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

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!




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!



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