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Raw Chit-Chat!

Hi everyone!

I'm planning on going raw for the entire month of August and I thought it would be great if we had a raw chit chat spot! I know a lot of other vegwebbers have expressed interest in either eating raw or going raw--so maybe we can help each other out here! I'm a total noob when if comes to raw, but I'm hoping my 30 day experiment will turn me into a master class raw veganist! I will be blogging everyday during August and posting pics and recipes of what I am eating--should be some great stuff plus all the "Raw Blogs" will be public!

I already have a bunch of questions! Can anyone help?

Raw milk--are there any store brands out there or do I have to make my own? Any super simple recipes for nut milk?
Dried sea weed (like wakame) how long do you soak it for?
I don't have a dehydrator and 150 is the lowest setting on my oven--how can I dry/toast oats, etc. and still have them be raw?
How the heck do I make sun tea?

OK then! That's what I got for now--I hope this can be a great place for raw info!!!

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e171/ginsoak/vegetables2.jpg

One of my friends recently bought the 350 & LOVES it!

I really love the Omega brand.  I've never heard a bad thing about it.

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I've got a major juicing hardon right now. Must. Buy. Omega.

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It was another fabulous morning at the farmer's market!

A nearly 4 pound head of green leaf lettuce.  It takes up my whole chopping block
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/Stormflakes/VegWeb/006-5.jpg

8 big zucchini for chips.
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/Stormflakes/VegWeb/008-6.jpg

2 bunches of carrots (I already juiced the greens).
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/Stormflakes/VegWeb/004-6.jpg

And lots more I didn't take pictures of....I love The Burg!

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Those carrots look so good.

Our farmer's Market doesn't get anything good until april...

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Those carrots look so good.

Our farmer's Market doesn't get anything good until april...

Ditto.  Actually, more like late May/early June here...  It opens at the beginning of April, but there's hardly anything there at that time besides herbs, honey & meat.  :-\

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Those carrots look so good.

Our farmer's Market doesn't get anything good until April...

Ditto.  Actually, more like late May/early June here...  It opens at the beginning of April, but there's hardly anything there at that time besides herbs, honey & meat.  :-\

I live in Nebraska so its still not the season yet. Although we do have this amazing local Coop thing. I mean freaking amazing!
http://www.nebraskafood.org/
you can order the food on line and then you pick up/pay for your food on the days posted on the calender. Year round fresh food thats local, albeit grown in a greenhouse, still good. Unfortunately I am on food assistance which is not accepted by the local Coop. However it is accepted by the farmers markets. Just gotta wait for the right season :( hurry it up spring!

Side note: I am actually trying to sell my juicer if anyone is interested, I just don't give it the amount of love it requires (i don't juice often anymore). Truthfully its only been used a handful of times, maybe like... 5?

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It was another fabulous morning at the farmer's market!

A nearly 4 pound head of green leaf lettuce.  It takes up my whole chopping block
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/Stormflakes/VegWeb/006-5.jpg

8 big zucchini for chips.
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/Stormflakes/VegWeb/008-6.jpg

2 bunches of carrots (I already juiced the greens).
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/Stormflakes/VegWeb/004-6.jpg

And lots more I didn't take pictures of....I love The Burg!

*double post icky on my part*

Care to share how much they charge you? That much lettuce would be something ridiculous here, especially organic. Like 12 bucks or something for 4 pounds. o.O Same thing with carrots they charge like 4 dollars for a bunch that size. zucchinis are usually super cheap though.

Oh and zucchinis chips? recipe postage please or linkage since admitidly I'm lazy

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The lettuce was $4.00, the carrots were $4.00 per bunch and the zucchini were 4 for $2.50.  All organic and locally grown. 
:)

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Storm, I got the book you sent me!  Thanks again!!!  :)>>> :-*

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It was my pleasure to find it a good home.  Enjoy.

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I've been neglecting this thread. My consumption of fruit is going up now that it's nicer out, I don't feel like cooking and I'm having major fruit cravings. I've flown through two boxes of clementines in two weeks (I wasn't the only one eating them).

And in sad news, my ancient juicer broke. I guess it's time for me to move up in the world of juicing.

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I've been negletful of this thread too....my bad.  I'm sorry about your old juicer (RIP).  What are you thinking about moving up to?

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So last night I made myself a Greek salad and then decided I wanted soup.....so I put it through the blender and voila: soup! 

Where are all my raw friends and how are you guys doing??

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I've been working on starting up a co-op/buying club in my area specifically for produce. i'm hoping to make great quality organic produce available straight from farmer's (for the most part). other than that bored with my fruit choices as of late.

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Craploads of fruit!

I probably won't get another juicer because I'm about to move into on-campus housing and they don't allow things like that. Even in the houses!

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Me too Hespy.  I've about had it with bananas and grapes.  I've been picking up some nice mangoes lately and I'm so looking forward to summer peaches, nectarines, plums, and watermelon.

That sucks Minke!  I remember on campus housing back when I went to school in the Mesozoic.  We had to keep our portable plug in burner and coffee pot in a trunk in case of dorm inspections, but I can't believe they won't even let you have it in the houses.

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Picked up some awesome mangoes today, along with some bananas and a couple coconuts. Haven't been doing anywhere near as much raw foods as I'd like to, but that's about to change. I'm working up to starting a juice fast starting the first week in June and plan on being high raw at least 10 days prior, and up to 10 days after.

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Been juicing every day, and only eating one solid food meal a day for past 5 days.

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I just got a food processor! I've been told there's a way to juice stuff in it using a cloth to squeeze the juice out after it's been processed. Am I remembering this correctly? Anyone know if I have to add water to the mix and what would be the best fruits/veggies to do this with?

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You can make a thick blended juice with a food processor. Since the pulp is not extracted they are thick and have lots of fiber. Use juicy fruits and/ or vegetables. Make sure to remove the seeds and if it skin first. Watermelon and cucumber are a good combination to me. Other examples of fruits to use are; Peaches,Melons, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Kiwi. Tomatoes are good to use as thick juice. Just add your fruits to the food processor and blend for about 3 minutes until really smooth and add some water to thin it out a bit. I haven't heard of using a cloth to squeeze out the juices after the fruits are processed but it might work. Let me know if it does.

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