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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!!!

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

hehe ok you convinced me...I'll have to pick one up next time I go grocery shopping.  I'm assuming if I don't have a fancy gadget I can just grate for noodles...right?

Oh yeah! I just use a regular peeler making thin strips then cut them up like noodles--works just fine, just not as pretty :P

Yellow zucchini is really good too--I cut up one today and ate it with those italian vegiballs w/ marinara sauce! Yum!

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Vigilant20 and Capture,

At what temperature did you dehydrate your meatballs?  My machine has two or three settings that would be raw appropriate (depending on who you listen to): 95°F, 105°F and 115°F.  Or does it really matter? 

I played with my spiral slicer last night and it makes such cool "spaghetti" but Capture is totally right about using a vegetable peeler, and it's a lot cheaper than buying the gadget.  The vegetable peeler makes strips  like fettuccine noodles.

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my POS dehydrator has no temp setting--you just plug it in a pray...

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i usually dry for raw at 110ish

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I picked up a "juileanne peeler" at Bed Bath and Beyond last week for abuout 8 bucks and it works perfectly to make zuchinni pasta, it looks like a vegtable peeler with little teeth. I also saw them at kohl's.  I was convince I needed a spiral slicer, but since I havn't been able to  find one the inexpensive peeler works fine and works on carrots as well. It peels and cuts strips at the same time. Hope this helps you guys. ;)b

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I'll look for a julienne peeler, then.  I was at BB&B yesterday looking for a spiral slicer.  They had never heard of a "spiral slicer" and kept asking me if I was sure that's what it's called. 

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I know HH I was sure they would have one in the "Gadget section" and when I asked for one they had not a clue of what I was speaking of.  But like I said the peeler works really well, you will like it.

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I do 110 degrees too. :)  I think 115 is the max you are supposed to do for it to be all officially raw and stuff.

Thanks for the zucchini tips!  A juileanne peeler does sound enticing.  I love little kitchen toys.

The only thing I'm not digging about eating raw is that I've already spent my months grocery budget!  I used to spend $20 a week and now it's more like $30 just for produce.  Plus I'll have to do a trip to the co-op each month for specialty items like sprouting seeds and raw nuts and stuff.  I'm going to have to do some tweaking to my budget, cuz I really wanna keep doing this.

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I picked up a "juileanne peeler" at Bed Bath and Beyond last week for abuout 8 bucks and it works perfectly to make zuchinni pasta, it looks like a vegtable peeler with little teeth. I also saw them at kohl's.  I was convince I needed a spiral slicer, but since I havn't been able to  find one the inexpensive peeler works fine and works on carrots as well. It peels and cuts strips at the same time. Hope this helps you guys. ;)b

That looks great lou! I'm sooooo jelous!!!

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i have a juilieanne peeler. it is awesome! i haven't done soft veg with it, usually just carrots for salads and whatnot. but it does make nice little strips. be careful with them b/c they are dangerous!  8) those teethies are sharp

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I picked up a "juileanne peeler" at Bed Bath and Beyond last week for abuout 8 bucks and it works perfectly to make zuchinni pasta,

Damn!  And I paid almost $40.00 for a spiral slicer...... $8.00 for the same result.  I'm feeling a bit ripped off. >:(

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I picked up a "juileanne peeler" at Bed Bath and Beyond last week for abuout 8 bucks and it works perfectly to make zuchinni pasta,

Damn!  And I paid almost $40.00 for a spiral slicer...... $8.00 for the same result.  I'm feeling a bit ripped off. >:(

Those spiral slicers are sweet! Don't feel that way! or if you still have the recipt you can just wash it off and take it back... ;)b

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I wanted to post this here in case some of you DON"T read my blog (but you really should  ;)b ) I was reading "Raw Food, Real World" and the authors mentioned a raw bread found in the frozen food section! It's called Manna Bread by Nature's Path! I picked up a loaf today from whole foods and plan on trying it tomorrow! I can't wait--I am dying for some heartier food!! I really hope it tastes like real bread!

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Thanks for the tip!  Bread is the hardest thing for me to do without when I eat raw....and lucky me, there's a Whole Foods right down the road from my office.  I know where I'll be going at lunch.  :)

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I just checked that book out from the library.  The bread is good, it's sprouted but I don't believe it is raw.  Even the authors mention they don't know what temperature it's cooked at.  I've had it for lunch with raw almond butter...nom nom nom :)

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I had some of the Manna Bread today with lunch--it certainly tastes raw--and you can see the sprouts in it :)

The package does not say what temp it is cooked at--but it says "low temperatures" and it has to be kept frozen or refrigerated so I'm going cross my fingers and hope that it is raw--otherwise I'm a big poser...

I guess maybe I shouldnt eat it--I don't want to be cheating on my raw diet.

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OK--so I just called Nature's Path and the bread is baked above raw temperatures--so it is NOT raw.

I am a total jerk now and have just ruined my month of Rawgust.

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Awww it's not your fault.  The book was misleading.  I actually did my raw pantry stock up trip based off of their recommendations, so I went through the same thing.

OK--so I just called Nature's Path and the bread is baked above raw temperatures--so it is NOT raw.

I am a total jerk now and have just ruined my month of Rawgust.

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