One thing that I noticed when starting to investigate the Raw Food diet, is that it could get very expensive, very quickly. There are a few items of equipment that are used in a lot of recipes that not everyone has, and that are not exactly cheap.
I am fortunate in that I already own a Thermomix, so therefore have the blender and food processor angle covered. I didn’t want to go spending hundreds of dollars on new appliances until I am positive that this new lifestyle is going to work for me – plus I have a tiny kitchen and nowhere to store them!
I have made the decision to leave dehydration alone for the time being. It is a very time-consuming process, and I am rather impatient. There are plenty of other recipes and food options without dehydration to keep me busy for a while anyway. I have just purchased a juicer, though it is a manual juicer, quite basic, but enough to get me started. It’s also less than $100, while most juicers start at over $300.
My other ‘splurge’ has been on a spirooli. I am a pasta-lover, and the ability to make pasta from vegetables that actually looks like real pasta was too much to pass up. You could simply use a vegetable peeler or julienne peeler though.
There are also quite a few new and exotic ingredients found among Raw Food recipes. These can be hard to track down, and can also be pricey. Again, I’ve chosen to limit what I use in this area. It does help that my local organic store has some of these products in their bulk bins, so I can just purchase a small amount to try them out.
It appears that the Raw diet can really be as expensive or as affordable as you choose. A decent blender and food processor are a must. I have also had to buy two extra fruit bowls, and completely rearrange my fridge to accommodate all of the additional fresh produce I am buying! But other than that, your standard kitchen equipment should get you out of trouble to begin with.