I'm planning on going raw for the entire month of August and I thought it would be great if we had a raw chit chat spot! I know a lot of other vegwebbers have expressed interest in either eating raw or going raw--so maybe we can help each other out here! I'm a total noob when if comes to raw, but I'm hoping my 30 day experiment will turn me into a master class raw veganist! I will be blogging everyday during August and posting pics and recipes of what I am eating--should be some great stuff plus all the "Raw Blogs" will be public!
I already have a bunch of questions! Can anyone help?
Raw milk--are there any store brands out there or do I have to make my own? Any super simple recipes for nut milk?
Dried sea weed (like wakame) how long do you soak it for?
I don't have a dehydrator and 150 is the lowest setting on my oven--how can I dry/toast oats, etc. and still have them be raw?
How the heck do I make sun tea?
OK then! That's what I got for now--I hope this can be a great place for raw info!!!
Vigilant20 and Capture,
At what temperature did you dehydrate your meatballs? My machine has two or three settings that would be raw appropriate (depending on who you listen to): 95°F, 105°F and 115°F. Or does it really matter?
I played with my spiral slicer last night and it makes such cool "spaghetti" but Capture is totally right about using a vegetable peeler, and it's a lot cheaper than buying the gadget. The vegetable peeler makes strips like fettuccine noodles.
i usually dry for raw at 110ish
I picked up a "juileanne peeler" at Bed Bath and Beyond last week for abuout 8 bucks and it works perfectly to make zuchinni pasta, it looks like a vegtable peeler with little teeth. I also saw them at kohl's. I was convince I needed a spiral slicer, but since I havn't been able to find one the inexpensive peeler works fine and works on carrots as well. It peels and cuts strips at the same time. Hope this helps you guys. ;)b
I'll look for a julienne peeler, then. I was at BB&B yesterday looking for a spiral slicer. They had never heard of a "spiral slicer" and kept asking me if I was sure that's what it's called.
I know HH I was sure they would have one in the "Gadget section" and when I asked for one they had not a clue of what I was speaking of. But like I said the peeler works really well, you will like it.
I do 110 degrees too. :) I think 115 is the max you are supposed to do for it to be all officially raw and stuff.
Thanks for the zucchini tips! A juileanne peeler does sound enticing. I love little kitchen toys.
The only thing I'm not digging about eating raw is that I've already spent my months grocery budget! I used to spend $20 a week and now it's more like $30 just for produce. Plus I'll have to do a trip to the co-op each month for specialty items like sprouting seeds and raw nuts and stuff. I'm going to have to do some tweaking to my budget, cuz I really wanna keep doing this.
i have a juilieanne peeler. it is awesome! i haven't done soft veg with it, usually just carrots for salads and whatnot. but it does make nice little strips. be careful with them b/c they are dangerous! 8) those teethies are sharp
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I picked up a "juileanne peeler" at Bed Bath and Beyond last week for abuout 8 bucks and it works perfectly to make zuchinni pasta,
Damn! And I paid almost $40.00 for a spiral slicer...... $8.00 for the same result. I'm feeling a bit ripped off. >:(
Thanks for the tip! Bread is the hardest thing for me to do without when I eat raw....and lucky me, there's a Whole Foods right down the road from my office. I know where I'll be going at lunch. :)
I just checked that book out from the library. The bread is good, it's sprouted but I don't believe it is raw. Even the authors mention they don't know what temperature it's cooked at. I've had it for lunch with raw almond butter...nom nom nom :)
Awww it's not your fault. The book was misleading. I actually did my raw pantry stock up trip based off of their recommendations, so I went through the same thing.
OK--so I just called Nature's Path and the bread is baked above raw temperatures--so it is NOT raw.
I am a total jerk now and have just ruined my month of Rawgust.