I get a ton of emails asking for suggestions on what food processors and blenders to buy. I really want to emphasize that if you’re just getting started with raw food, definitely don’t feel like you have buy everything all at once! Start with what you’ve got, then figure out which of these you're actually using a lot or really feeling like you're missing. The worst thing is to spend a bunch of money on kitchen stuff that will just take up shelf space. My suggestions below are all for things that I've either used myself or gotten glowing recommendations about. Hope you find it helpful!
Food processor - great for making puddings, chunky sauces, and our beloved frozen banana ice cream! Cuisinart ($179) Hamilton Beach ($46)
High speed blender - It's great for making super smooth green shakes, desserts, sauces, anything. You're really looking for that smooth, creamy texture here. Blendtec and Vitamix are the high-end ones that really take it to the next level. That said, I know lots of people who LOVE the Nutribullet, which is much less expensive. ($498) Blendtec ($399) Magic Bullet NutriBullet ($88)
Good knives - you’ll be cutting A LOT of fruits and veggies, so this is a must. make sure they’re sharp, because (funny thing!) the duller the knife, the more likely you are to cut yourself -- believe me, I have the scars to prove it. ($130) Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife, Rosewood Handle ($68) Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife ($34)
Mandoline - really cheap and really handy! great for making thinly sliced “pasta noodles” out of zucchini!
Swissmar Borner has great reviews ($49) Benriner Wide-Body Large Slicer extra-wide! I have the regular version but I'm going to get one of these so I can do full-sized beets without cutting them. ($35) OXO Hand-Held ($15) or alternately, a very good peeler Kuhn Rikon Peeler (set of 3, $6)
Mason jars - for sprouting, storing Kerr wide mouth jars (case of 12, $20) nbsp; Cheesecloth - for making nut milks, sprouting seeds, etc Unbleached Cheesecloth ($6)
Spiralizer - for making those incredible zucchini noodles! Spiralizer ($30)
Dehydrator - how to make crackers, crusts, kale chips, and basically anything crispy! In my opinion, it's not totally necessary to buy a dehydrator just because you're getting into raw food. Especially if you’re just starting out, an oven kept at a low temp works fine. That said, I have yet to meet a who doesn’t love their dehydrator - you can really just set it and forget it! TSM Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator with 10 Shelves ($584) Excalibur this is the most commonly used one ($233) Excalibur 2400 4-Tray ($104)