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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!!!

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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?

i would use a nut milk bag if you want non-pulpy juice... i don't think you would have to add water unless it was so thick it wasn't blending

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I've never even heard of a nut milk bag before!

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You can also use a couple of layers of cheesecloth if you can't get a nut milk bag.

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I was planning on using cheesecloth if I could find it.

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I have been eating a lot more raw now that it's finally Spring!  I feel awesome.  I love when I crave green juice, smoothies, salads, etc.

I ordered the new book Going Raw (http://www.amazon.com/Going-Raw-Everything-Lifestyle-Revolution/dp/1592536859/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305640193&sr=8-1) on Amazon today.  Can't wait to get it!  The recipe for Ice Box Chocolate Chip Cookies is available through the "Search Inside" feature, so I just made those a little bit ago & they are AMAZING!  So easy, and so good, especially straight from the freezer.

I have also been eating a lot of spring rolls with almond butter ("peanut") dipping sauce.  The spring rolls aren't 100% raw because of the rice wrappers - but they're my favorite way to transport raw veggie goodness into my mouth!  I feel like I could live off them forever.  SO DELICIOUS.

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I love this time of year in Tennessee! Veggies and fruits are looking great at the Farmer's Market, and I yearn to eat healthier and work out more. Though it also makes me miss the warmth and availability of great produce year-round in California. *sigh*

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nut milk bags are less than $10 ordered online and i think they are easier to use than a cheesecloth... i dunno

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I agree, Amy.  I hate using cheesecloth now that I know how easy it is to use my nut milk bag!

Cheesecloth definitely works, but a nut milk bag is worth investing in eventually, IMO!  :)

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Is the nutmilk bag reusable? I just use a fine mesh strainer for my almond milk....

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Is the nutmilk bag reusable? I just use a fine mesh strainer for my almond milk....

yep nutmilk bags are reuseable and will last quiet awhile if you take care of them. Personally I just use flour sacks, they work just like nutmilk bags and are a heck of a lot cheaper, just pull up the ends and twist once or twice, same thing.

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I made raw spicy french "fries" today, omg so yummers!  :)>>> <3 Also made a raw pineapple and jicama salad w/lime juice. Was spicy, sweet, sour, and savory all at the same time! Hubs didn't like it though  :-\

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I was wondering the same thing. Also, what is the difference between cheesecloth and nut milk bags?

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Cheesecloth is just a cloth with no shape...  A nut milk bag (like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Nut-Milk-Bag--New-Improved/dp/B00158U8DU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305778117&sr=8-1) is a bag that fits easily into a pitcher or cup or whatever, which is super convenient for straining.  The incredibly fine mesh fabric makes it really easy to strain out as much pulp as possible.  (And the pulp is great for raw cheesecakes, since it's basically like the finest, smoothest ground nuts you can make!)

I have had mine for over a year & it's still in great shape.  A little stained from when I've made chocolate milk, but I love it!

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I am making Ani Phyo's recipe for Save the Salmon Patties for dinner tonight!  It uses the pulp of juiced carrots + a sunflower seed & dill cheeze as the base, along with some kelp or dulse, sea salt, and minced onion.  It was actually really easy to put together, and the raw mix tastes great!  I have the patties in the dehydrator now, where they're supposed to warm for a few hours & form a bit of a crust on the outside.  The book suggests serving them with an almond-based hollandaise sauce, but I don't feel like making that (plus, I don't like eating such a large helping of fat in one meal), so I'm just having them plain with a big salad.  The flavor is really vibrant, so I doubt I will miss the sauce!

BTW, how do you guys pronounce "dulse"?  In my head I have always thought it was "dul-say," but the other day I heard some chef call it "duls" (no "ay" sound) on a YouTube video.  So now I'm curious!

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I say "duls."

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BTW, how do you guys pronounce "dulse"?  In my head I have always thought it was "dul-say," but the other day I heard some chef call it "duls" (no "ay" sound) on a YouTube video.  So now I'm curious!

i thought it was dul-say too! crap... i also said seitan wrong until i heard it pronounced right lol... it's "say-tan" i used to say "sigh-e-ton" lol

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I also say "duls". 

I'm juice fasting this week.  I've been slowly sliding backwards on my raw and it's time to turn that around. 

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I also say "duls". 

I'm juice fasting this week.  I've been slowly sliding backwards on my raw and it's time to turn that around. 

I'm juice fasting this week too. HOLLA!

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I can't remember if any of you have talked about mesquite...  If you've tried it, do you like it?  I am not a huge "superfood" shopper since I'm kinda po', but I really want to try mesquite because I love maca & lucuma, and I'm looking to spice up my smoothies.

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I bought some mesquite a couple of months ago, but still haven't used it.  Time to open it up and give it a try....I'll report back.

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Awesome!  I'm excited to hear.  I always think of mesquite smoke or hickory chips when I see "mesquite" in a recipe, but I know that it supposedly has a caramel-like flavor...  Seems like it would be a tasty addition to smoothies & desserts!

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