I’ve put together these resources and links to my recommended raw food 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 and also gave you a few bonus items that make going raw even more fun like kelp noodles, spiralizers, and nut milk bags.
Recommended Raw Food Blenders
High End Blender
The Vitamix is definitely a top of the line blender. Yes, it’s expensive. But if you’re spending money anyway, you might as well get something that 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
There is a lot of competition for “top blender” between the Vitamix and the Blentec. 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!
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.
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
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
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
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 loe that I can make raw banana ice cream, and nut butters using this juicer by changing the plate.
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
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
This is a great mini food processor it’s small but powerful.
Low End Food Processors
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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!
Raw Food Staples & Ingredients
Goji berries are a great superfood to have in your cabinet for many raw food recipes and are great as a snack on the go! I also like to make goji berry “tea” using fresh sliced ginger and warm water, it definitely keeps everything “warm” in the winter!
Raw Cacao Powder
Raw Cacao is the healthy way to feed your chocolate cravings. Chock full of minerals, I’ve definitely felt the effect of eating healthy chocolate in my life, and must admit that it’s something I choose to enjoy regularly.
Raw Coconut Butter
Raw coconut butter offers the good fat from the coconut, along with fiber, amino acids, and minerals. You can eat it right out of the jar, put it in smoothies, and of course use it for a ton of raw food recipes!
Hemp Protein Powder
A great source of protein, fiber, omega 3 and 6 and 10 essential amino acids. Add it to juices, smoothies, and green drinks!
Spirulina’s one of natures richest source of carotenoids, B-Complex Vitamins, Thiamin, Riboflavin and vitamin B-12, Iron, and protein. It’s an important addition to any smoothie!
This organic tamari is my favorite on the market. Every grain is hand selected.
The tiny seeds of sesame have been known as a source of food oil for over 4,000 years in many Asian countries. Flora Sesame Oil is cold-pressed, which keeps the vitality and quality of the oil at a higher level.
Stevia is a no-calorie, low-carb, herbal sweetener that is up to one hundred times sweeter than table sugar. A great alternative to sugar and artifical, chemical sweeteners such as aspartame. A great, healthful alternative for diabetics.
The chia seed is an excellent source of fiber, full of protein, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and the richest known plant source of omega-3. Sprinkle them on any meal, add them to smoothies or make a delicious chia pudding dessert out of them!
Kelp noodles are a delicious and nutritious noodle substitute. Just rinse and add the noodles to any dish and they are ready to eat! Or break them up for an added crunch to any great meal!