Raw foods can be thrilling when thoroughly explored. However, it can also be daunting to those first learning about them. Many recipes include the use of several kitchen appliances that are not the staple of every household including dehydrators, food processors, and Vitamix blenders. Such factors can deter many new raw foodies who simply looking to find raw food recipes for beginners that are quick and easy to manage.
Though these recipes may be intimidating at first glance, there are four easy tips that can help beginners navigate complicated recipes and create simple raw food recipes for beginners.
Tip #1: Recipes that require a dehydrator. Many recipes require the use of a dehydrator in order to achieve different textures and allow for the illusion of “warmth” without actually heating food above temperatures that denature a food’s enzymes. While a dehydrator could be an investment you may want to make in the future, many raw food recipes for beginners can be made by substituting a dehydrator for a conventional oven.
Though it will be more difficult to monitor the “exact” temperature of a conventional oven, one can achieve very similar results by setting the oven to its lowest setting and cracking leaving the oven door ajar by about one to two inches. One can use an oven thermometer if “exact” temperature measurements are important. Follow the original recipe in regards to time needed for proper “dehydration.”
Tip #2: The Magic Bullet Solution. Whether you are preparing an advanced gourmet recipe or simple raw recipes for beginners, you will undoubtedly encounter recipes requiring the fine chopping and grinding of nuts and seeds. Many recipes may call for a coffee grinder to accomplish this task, and while this is certainly a viable option, there are many people who do not own a personal coffee grinder. (And those that do may not be particularly fond of using it to grind nuts.) The Magic Bullet attains the same results as a coffee grinder and can serve a dual purpose of blending and mixing for other recipes.
Tip #3: Pre-planning and Freezing. A common difficulty encountered with many recipes is what to do with the leftovers. Because raw foods are devoid of any preservatives that would prolong their shelf life, they often need to be eaten immediately or soon after preparation. What is one then to do with the leftovers of such raw food recipes for beginners? Pre-planning for meals is one simple answer. Do your best to be aware of how much of one recipe you are making and don’t be afraid to cut a recipe in half (or in fourths!) if you are afraid you will not consume the entire thing. But as life is often unpredictable, freezing can be another viable option to elongating the life of your food. For instance, many raw soups and pates can be frozen after preparation, as can any fruits or produce that may be threatening to spoil.