These are the 10 most common tools you will use in the raw dessert kitchen. Some of it you already have at home.
A blender is cone shaped and it's job is to blend food with higher content of liquid, such as smoothies, juices, creams, sauces and thin batters. A food processor requires less or now liquid to function and can do the heavier jobs. Use it when you make crusts, pizza dough, pie and cake fillings, cake bases, whipped creams and so on. We recommend the high powered blender Vitamix to do the job for you.
Two sizes of spring forms is useful to make cheesecakes and regular cakes. However you can make raw pies in any container as it doesn't need to be in an oven like conventional pies. This opens up for unexpected creativity. A mini teacup pie anyone?
When making tortes you only need a pretty plate as the base is created strait on the plate and the filling is spread on with a spatula.
When following raw chocolate recipes it's practic to have a kitchen scale to get exact measurement. Choose a scale which provide easy to read measurements and high precision with a tare function, which allows you to subtract the weight of the bowl or plate from the measurement.
Is a food dehydrator, which is used to dry vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs and to make raw pies, crusts, pizzas, burgers, breads, crackers, cookies, to melt Coconut oil or Cacao butter etc. You can sprout nuts and seeds and then dry them in the dehydrator in order to make flour of it later. Dehydrators have round shapes or square. The square models often have five to nine trays that are topped with plastic sheets, and on top of them removable mesh sheets, with a non-stick surface. If your food is very moist or loose, you use the non-stick sheet, which after a couple of hours in the dehydrator is peeled off. We recommend the Excalibur dehydrator ovens.
Is a small and flexible electrical kitchen tool that can be used to quickly grind dry nuts and seeds into fine flour. Yet again you can use your blender or food processor if you want to make nut and seeds flour, a coffee grinder is not essensial, but makes it easier for you. Plus if you don't have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, you'll get finer flour using a coffe grinder.
Is a hemp, cotton or nylon bag, which is used both to sprout seeds and to make nut milk. In a blender you process water and nuts into a mixture and pour it into the nut milk bag and squeeze it so that the "milk" separates from the nuts. When there is no more liquid left, you have a nut pulp in the bag, which you can use for cookies, as a base for a filling, crust, make raw "milk" chocolate etc.
7# Pastry bags with different tips
This is a fun and small investment. It is used to make decorations, to apply frosting, to fill cupcakes, "leathers" (rolled up dried fruit sheets) to fill glasses with mousse etc.
8# A Zester
Is basically the same tool as you use when shredding parmesan cheese. It is also used to shred citrus fruits (zest) in the raw food kitchen but also nuts and vegetables. You can chop citrus zest with a knife, but this tool makes it quicker.
Turns carrots, celery sticks, apples, kiwis, lettuce, kale, zucchinis and other fruits and vegetables into wonderful juices. Maybe you want to color a cake with red beetroot juice? Or add carrot juice to a carrot cake? Or you want to make an apple pie and soak the raisins in raw apple juice? This is when the vegetable juice comes in handy.
Is a slicing tool, which is used to make really thin slices of vegetables and fruits. Can be useful if you like to decorate your sweet crafts with fruit.