I’ve put together these resources and links to my recommended kitchen equipment to make it easy for you to get your kitchen stocked up. I often get asked which blender I recommend, what type of dehydrator I use, and which is the best juicer. I’ve answered all of these questions here.
Recommended Raw Food Blenders
High End Blender
The Vitamix is definitely a top of the line blender. Yes, it’s expensive but it will last. The Vitamix comes with a crazy 7 year warranty, a 30 day no risk money back guarantee, and they’re even offering a 3 payment plan. Since I got my Vitamix I haven’t used another type of food processor. It’s enough to handle my blending and processing needs.
I use my vitamix two or more times per day. I make my super-smooth (no chunks!) green smoothies and getting the Vitamix helped me get my parents to start drinking more green smoothies because they go down smooth. I also use it to make pates, sauces, dressings, and desserts. Yum. :)
Mid to High End Blender
Blendtec TB-621-20 1,560-Watt Total Blender, Black
There is a lot of competition for “top blender” between the Vitamix and the Blendtec. I often get asked which one is better, and whether my opinion is based on being an affiliate for Vitamix. The answer is that both blenders are great, and you should go with the one you’re able to afford.
This is a quality mid-range blender that will suit anyone who is just getting started with raw food. It will last a few solid years, and will make getting started with smoothies easier for you and your family. I’ve heard both good and bad about these top two blenders, and it’s normal to have a couple bad experiences with either one. My recommendation is for you to do a little research and see which features appeal to you the most and then get blending!
Oster 4093 Classic Beehive Blender, Chrome
This is a great blender if you can’t afford to invest in a more expensive one at the moment. For the price it’s a powerful blender that gets the job done.
Hamilton Beach 52182 WavePower 12-Speed Blender, Black
A relatively simple blender for all your smoothie needs. It’s simple, light weight and easy to clean. I started out on my raw food journey using a blender just like this one, and it lasted me for a few years until I could upgrade to a more powerful blender.
Portable Blender for Travel
Tribest Personal Blender – PB-100 Blending Package (with new S-Blade Assembly)
This is a great portable blender for those of us who travel a lot and are on the go! It’s super convenient and even great to take to work. This is perfect if you don’t want to eat breakfast “fast food” when you take trips, because you can just stop by a grocery store and make your own smoothies!
Recommended Raw Food Juicers
High End Juicer
Hurom HU-100 Slow Juicer, Snow White
This top of the line juicer uses a low speed technology system to crush then press foods for maximum nutrition with minimal waste. It’s surprisingly fast and incredibly quiet. A great investment for all your juicing needs.
When I upgrade my juicer, this will be the one I go for. I’ve heard that it’s extremely easy to clean and that it takes very little time to juice because it has a wide opening and you don’ t need to cut your fruits or veggies down before juicing.
Mid to High End Juicer
Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer, Black and Chrome
This is the juicer I own. It’s got a heftier price tag but because it uses a mastication system you’re actually getting more juice for your buck. Before I got this blender I always cringed when I saw how much juice was left in the pulp. Now the pulp is totally dry. I also love that I can make raw banana ice cream, and nut butters using this juicer by changing the plate.
Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain
I’ve heard great things about the Breville Juice Fountain, and many raw foodies recommend it. One of the benefits is that it’s a good quality juicer, for a pretty fair price. It also has a wider opening, so you don’t need to cut fruits or vegetables as small to get them juiced.
If you’re new to juicing this is my top pick for you!
Recommended Food Processors
High End Food Processors
Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB Prep 9 9-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless
If you don’t own a Vita-mix, which takes care of all my blending and processing needs then having a food processor is a great addition to your raw food kitchen. For all your kitchen prep needs, this food processor has a 9 cup bowl capacity.
Mid End Food Processors
Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel
This is a great mini food processor it’s small but powerful.
Low End Food Processors
Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set
This 17-piece high-speed mixing system provides exceptional convenience. Although the magic bullet WILL break down, I’ve gone through two of them myself. Buy only for travel or if you don’t plan on using it often.
Recommended Raw Food Dehydrators
High End Dehydrators
Excalibur 3900 Deluxe Series 9 Tray Food Dehydrator – Black
This is the cadillac of food dehydrators. I’ve had mine for a few years now and I love having it to make raw crackers, cookies, breads, kale chips, and other dehydrated snacks. You can also buy them second hand, or opt for a cheaper smaller version. Most dehydrators don’t come with a temperature setting though, but the Excalibur does.
Mid End Food Dehydrators
L’Equip 306200 550-Watt 6-Tray Food Dehydrator, Gray
A great quality dehydrator at an affordable price. Space efficient and a quiet fan makes for food that is perfectly dehydrated.
Low End Food Dehydrators
Before I bought the Excalibur dehydrator I had one of these round dehydrators. They’re not the best, and you will need to make your own dehydrator sheets to make anything like fruit roll ups. There’s no temperature control, but if you want to start making dehydrated snacks this is the most affordable option!
Pack of 9 Premium Dehydrator Sheets
Super flexible sheets are coated with DuPont Teflon for non-stick fruit leathers, raw breads, and cookies. Reusable for years.These Dehydrator Sheets are easily cleaned with a warm water rinse, and they are also dishwasher safe.
Sprouting & Other Tools
World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer
One of the easy and delicious raw recipes that gets a lot of raw foodies excited is raw pasta! This type of pasta is usually made from spiral sliced vegetables like zucchinis or spaghetti squash. After using a spiralizer, you get angel hair pasta! Or at least something that imitates the texture and look of pasta, but tastes light and delicious.
Joyce Chen 51-0662 Saladacco Spiral Slicer, White
This spiralizer is not as advanced as the Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer, but its a great basic spiralizer to start out with. I still use this one a lot, because it’s small, easy to clean, and works well.
Nut Milk Bag
Nut Milk Bag – New & Improved!
I’m a big fan of making your own nut milks, and sprouting your own sprouts. This is the kind of nut bag I use, they are handmade in Vermont. I met the lovely lady who makes them, and it really made my day to know I’m helping local people every time I make some nut milk or sprout some mung beans.
High End Sprouter
Sprout Garden 3 Tray Family Sprouting Kit – Includes: Sprouter, Drainboard, Covers, 3 Sprouting Trays, 2 Oz of Certified Organic Alfalfa Seed, Instructions. Grow Healthy Fresh Sprouts in Your Own Kitchen!
This is a great way to grow healthy sprouts in your kitchen and it comes with a life time warranty! If you’re new to making sprouts or want to up your sprouting game then this might be what helps you sprout more regularly.
Kitchen Crop Sprouter- 3 Tray
This basic sprouter makes sprouting fast, easy and fun. You can sprout several different types of seeds and beans at once, which can be useful when you need different ingredients for different recipes. It’s also great to be able to toss a different type of sprout into your salads every now and then!