6 Important Tips for Maintaining a Raw Food Lifestyle

organizing and managing your raw food kitchen by Cherie SoriaOne of the questions we often get from students at Living Light Culinary Institute, is “how do I maintain a raw food lifestyle when I go home?”

Among the many skills we teach our students is a basic raw food kitchen checklist:

  • Learn how to organize your raw food kitchen
  • Learn how to choose equipment and foods to keep on hand
  • Learn how to store and ripen fruits and vegetables
  • Learn how to make raw food preparation faster and simplervegetables in a glass

Getting a fresh start in your raw food kitchen

We love to motivate our students to try new recipes and have more fun in the kitchen. We’ve learned that having the right equipment and supplies on hand is what helps them (or anyone) succeed on a raw food diet.

Tip #1 Move everything in the pantry and refrigerator to a separate area while you do a good deep cleaning.

Tip #2 Designate a small area of the pantry to keep foods you intend to eliminate from your diet once you have transitioned beyond them.

Examples:

  • popcorn
  • tofu
  • soy milk
  • whole grain pasta
  • whole grain (not raw) cereals
  • beans, and rice

 Tip #3 Throw away foods you don’t want to have around to tempt you.Vitamix Blenders

Examples:

  • crackers and chips
  • canned or instant foods
  • oils that are not cold-pressed
  • white flour and white sugar
  • processed foods and sweets

Tip #4 Make a complete list of staples and ingredients to buy so you can have everything you need to enjoy a wide variety of raw cuisine.

Tip #5 Create more space in your kitchen by storing all equipment that isn’t used, like pots and pans, in another location or give them away.

Tip #6 Select basic equipment and supplies for the raw food kitchen:

  • A good chef’s knife and a paring knife with non-serrated blades.
  • A knife-sharpening tool.
  • A cutting board.
  • A blender for making smoothies, soups, juices, dressings and sauces.
  • A good water filter to remove chemicals from tap water.
  • A colander/strainer for washing and draining produce.
  • A large salad bowl for tossing salad greens with dressing.
  • A hand shredder and spiral cutter for carrots, gingerroot and shredding vegetables for pasta.
  • A salad spinner for removing the water from lettuce and other greens
  • Plastic screening (the kind used for window screen) for draining soaked nuts and seeds.
  • Biodegradable soap for washing commercially grown produce.
  • Various sizes of mason jars and other glass storage containers for storing foods. Glass keeps foods fresher than plastic.

A good juicer and food processor are two items that you can wait on, but when you are able to purchase them, you’ll find that your raw food kitchen is much more versatile! Stay tuned next week for more details on what foods and supplies to keep on hand in your new raw food kitchen. If you’d like to learn more about Living Light and our award winning curriculum in both culinary art and nutritional science, call 707-964-2420 or visit RawFoodChef.com