Raw Freedom Community  
   
Advertisement

Go Back   Raw Freedom Community > Sunny Raw Lifestyle > Living 'In The Raw'

Living 'In The Raw' The place to discuss All-Things-Raw! From transitioning to the Raw Food Diet, to equipment, special techniques and more.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-20-2007, 10:44 AM
konmai's Avatar
konmai konmai is offline
Swallow
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 219
best smoothie making equipment?

hi guys. i need some advice! i'm currently fasting but would like to prepare for when i'm off the fast. would you guys be able to recommend any good equipment for smoothie making? i don't think i've ever made one. something long lasting, can readily be abused & also price efficient in the long term.

i think i might try just taking in smoothies after my fast.

1. i'm a lazy uncooker which is probably 1 of the reasons why i can fast for so long.
2. i'd like to get all my nutrition in. so i think making smoothies everyday would be good for me. easy & ready to go.
3. i'm also a lazy eater. chewing is not my thing.
__________________
Fasting Bandits thread. Join us.

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-20-2007, 03:18 PM
Raw Vegan Mama's Avatar
Raw Vegan Mama Raw Vegan Mama is offline
Finch
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,651
You need a blender, some ice and some bananas!

Really, there are tons of things you can put in them. Go to Valeries Green Smoothie Experiment to learn more about what to put in them for living on green smoothies: http://greensmoothieexperiment.blogspot.com/




Ask me something specific...maybe I will be more help! LOL!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-20-2007, 03:24 PM
Fairygirl's Avatar
Fairygirl Fairygirl is offline
Meadowlark
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 945
You definately need a vita mix!!!! ive had mine for over 7 years and its still going strong (ive put it through a LOT of strain too!).
__________________
Check myspace
My raw food pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rawyogagoddess
My Raw Goddess Blog
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-20-2007, 06:19 PM
konmai's Avatar
konmai konmai is offline
Swallow
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 219
oh. i've heard of vitamix. so err.. vitamix or anyone have a suggestion for specific blender specs i should look for?

easy to clean. easy to use. light to travel with. can be abused.
__________________
Fasting Bandits thread. Join us.

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-20-2007, 08:51 PM
Carmella's Avatar
Carmella Carmella is offline
Hummingbird - Caretaker
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Beautiful BC
Posts: 5,120
I would definitely recommend a Vitamix too. I'm totally in love with mine! Super easy to use and reliable. We went on for years with cheapo brands, but then had to replace them regularly. So you're better off paying more for quality.

I did a lot of research before setting my mind on a high speed blender. What it basically came down to was Ktec's Total Blender and Vitamix. I opted for the V in the end because of the warranty. While Ktec's warranty has actually gone DOWN from 7 years to 3 ( - now, why would they want to do that if they felt confident about their product?), Vitamix offers a 7 year warranty on ALL parts, including the carafe which is usually one to get more wear and tear.

You can also buy refurbished units which means they have been returned to the company, but thoroughly tested and given a brand new jug. (It's what I got.) On the Vitamix 5000, you save roughly $50 (comes to $349). They also sell a Super model which comes with an additional 'dry' jug, but the latter is not really necessary.

If you do decide to go for it, you can get free shipping by giving this code: 06-002513 - RFC's affiliate number. (The commission earned goes toward the running of the forum as well as revenue sharing.)

Anyhoo, you can check it out here.
__________________
Drop by my blog: The Sunny Raw Kitchen!
Check out my space on MySpace and on Eat.rawfood.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-20-2007, 10:40 PM
aisah's Avatar
aisah aisah is offline
Sweety Tweety Bird
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: inner space.... outer space....
Posts: 1,663
Quote:
Originally Posted by konmai View Post
1. i'm a lazy uncooker which is probably 1 of the reasons why i can fast for so long.
2. i'd like to get all my nutrition in. so i think making smoothies everyday would be good for me. easy & ready to go.
3. i'm also a lazy eater. chewing is not my thing.
Hey you sound just like me!!! I fast frequent too because I am lazy to make foods and I eat simply....

Quote:
Originally Posted by konmai View Post
easy to clean. easy to use. light to travel with. can be abused.
I have a Ktec but that is not one you want to travel with. However i have been wanting a Tribest. I heard it is good, visit Tribest.

I know Lana aka RJL has one..... now I have to do this again....

.....paging for Khun Lana..... paging for Khun Lana.... can you please come to aisle 4 we have a customer enquiring Tribest product.....

ps : Khun = Mr or Mrs/Miss/Ms in Thai
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-20-2007, 11:12 PM
PATH301's Avatar
PATH301 PATH301 is offline
Meadowlark
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: the Hoosier state
Posts: 861
Talking

I have a Hamilton beach - 12 speed - wave action. This baby shreads the #%&@ out of all my veggies I stick in it - it crunches any ice I throw at it - she makes awesome smoothies she takes care of me
I too I'm pretty simple eater,(sp?). It does a great job for me. It's all thick glass with metal cutting blades. I make 3/4 of my meals in it.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-21-2007, 03:36 AM
Raw Vegan Mama's Avatar
Raw Vegan Mama Raw Vegan Mama is offline
Finch
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,651
Do we need "the best of the best"?

There are blenders out there that cost $400 (and I have one -- that I HAD to have one when I first started), however, I am not certain that they are necessary. I remember reading that Don & Carmella just got their Vitamix recently, so we know great raw food & smoothies can be prepared without it.

I agree once you use one, it may be hard to go back. I just feel like so much in the raw food world is how you NEED this or that, and it is always very pricey. It feels elitest (sp?) and it kinda pushes me away from the raw food community.

If one has never made a smoothie before -- get a blender and try it. Don't spend $400 to see if you are going to like them, that just doesn't seem logical to me.

Just my thoughts....
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-21-2007, 09:53 AM
Carmella's Avatar
Carmella Carmella is offline
Hummingbird - Caretaker
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Beautiful BC
Posts: 5,120
Quote:
If one has never made a smoothie before -- get a blender and try it. Don't spend $400 to see if you are going to like them, that just doesn't seem logical to me.
True! I guess I'm just so blown away by how efficient and awesome the Vitamix is, I didn't take into consideration that it isn't a 'must have', specially at first.
__________________
Drop by my blog: The Sunny Raw Kitchen!
Check out my space on MySpace and on Eat.rawfood.com
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-21-2007, 06:43 PM
konmai's Avatar
konmai konmai is offline
Swallow
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 219
thank you everyone for the suggestions!

i have a blender i got for about maybe $40+ at the time, & it sucks. maybe about 20 mins. to blend some nanas & ice. that's not including the time i had to open the cover & keep stirring the mixture around to have it blend well. which led me to making this post, b/c i was wondering if people were using something else other than a blender. now i know it's more about the quality of the blender itself, & i don't really know what specs to look for in a blender which may be more efficient for me. you see... i am so clueless!

hm... i only eat once a day(when i'm not fasting), b/c i am simply that lazy & somehow sitting down to eat is just er... doesn't strike my fancy. but i remember i froze some mangos once (b/c they were close to going bad), & i blended them. it was so delicious while i was eating w/ a spoon, hehe. my energy levels were most awesome, & i want to try eating my meals as smoothies.
__________________
Fasting Bandits thread. Join us.


Last edited by konmai : 09-21-2007 at 07:00 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-21-2007, 11:40 PM
gigi1234's Avatar
gigi1234 gigi1234 is offline
Nuthatch
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 180
I am shopping for a new blender too. My intuition is that spending 400 dollars on a blender is unnecessary if you intend mostly to make smoothies with it. I've done a little looking around and it seems like Oster's Beehive blenders get great reviews. They are simple (only two speeds), very powerful (500-600 watt motors), and relatively inexpensive (around 60 dollars). This seems like an ideal blender for smoothies. If I get one I will report my impressions.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 09-22-2007, 06:58 AM
Princess Elaine's Avatar
Princess Elaine Princess Elaine is offline
Chickadee
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Posts: 329
I make a lot of green smoothies and started out with a borrowed blender...your basic Hamilton Beech model that I think retails for about $30...it worked fine.

I bought a used Vitamix 3600 model on Ebay and I like it, too...what I like about it is it makes 64 ounces and it has a little spicket in the front so I can taste as I go along...oh, it was $125....

My friends have the fancy model of Vitamix and they LOVE it...I just couldn't afford it and I'm quite happy with the older version.

Elaine
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 09-22-2007, 12:30 PM
konmai's Avatar
konmai konmai is offline
Swallow
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 219
thanks guys for letting me know what you all use & your present impressions as well as future impressions of other models. since i'm fasting, i'll have time to do some research & shop around. so that's def. good.

yeah. i'm pretty much just going to blend veggies & fruits into a somewhat smoothie consistency. i'll probably rarely use ice, & the only frozen stuff i'll be throwing in is probably frozen fruits in times i buy a lot & didn't have time to blend them before they go bad.
__________________
Fasting Bandits thread. Join us.

Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 09-22-2007, 06:47 PM
PATH301's Avatar
PATH301 PATH301 is offline
Meadowlark
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: the Hoosier state
Posts: 861
Talking

here's my work horse...blender:

http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/product...der.php?page=5
Except mine is all black with white buttons. It's a great kitchen tool
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 09-22-2007, 07:23 PM
michigan roman's Avatar
michigan roman michigan roman is offline
Meadowlark
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: suburban detroit
Posts: 821
heres my new war machine = salton select 550 watt blender @ $16

ps - on a close out sale , regularly $40 .

yours truly , " the ninja shopper "
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Picture 073.jpg
Views:	116
Size:	19.3 KB
ID:	815  
__________________
MY VEGAN FLAG :
http://www.facebook.com/pages/VEGAN-...41250052558520
Reply With Quote
Reply

  Raw Freedom Community > Sunny Raw Lifestyle > Living 'In The Raw'


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fabulous Fermentation: Making Sauerkraut Carmella Sunny Raw Kitchen - The Blog 74 11-28-2010 09:12 AM
Making chips (and making a mess!) Carmella Raw Food Preparation - General 3 11-07-2009 12:08 PM
Making Sauerkraut/Pickling Jars RawVegan4Health Living 'In The Raw' 33 08-27-2009 10:47 AM
Basic Method for Making Nut Milk Carmella Drinks and Smoothies 0 09-15-2007 07:37 PM
My Breakfast smoothie Danny_banany Drinks and Smoothies 2 05-29-2007 11:12 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.