Raw Food Questions

by Susan on April 10, 2010

I just spent 5 wonderful days in Boulder and Summit County with my daughters as I turned a half of a century old. The number seems a bit staggering to me, fifty. It feels like a big number. Honestly, I don’t feel fifty. I believe in part because of my raw food diet.

I spent the day in a blizzard on the mountain, skiing. Winds gusting at 50 mph blew us over as we got off of the chair that took us to the top of the mountain. It was snowing hard and visibility was about fifteen feet. Not your ideal spring skiing.

My daughter and her friends taught me how to hit a box in the park. We skied the trees, with me protesting and my daughter insisting that it was the only place on the mountain that would be out of the wind and have good snow. I got frost bite. All in all a great birthday.

It was invigorating. It allowed me to push myself. And it made fifty just a number, not a sentence. Place your attitude in the right direction, and you can create your journey.

I am still a bit tired from re-entry and have not been back in the kitchen to create any new recipes. So I thought I would answer another question that was submitted during the dehydrator contest.

“What is the best way to store raw breads/crackers?”

I get asked a lot about storing food. How long things will last and if certain foods should be refrigerated. We already covered freezing here: Freezing Food, so I will discuss other methods of storage.

It is important to remember that raw food is just food. It should be treated the same way you would treat any other fresh food. The same rules apply. It is a little different when dehydration comes into play. If you dehydrate ALL of the moisture out of a food. It will keep for a long time in an airtight container. I would keep it out of the light, and also check for any discoloration or off smell as time passes. I have had crackers and flat breads keep for weeks!

On the other hand, if you you stop the dehydration process when there is some moisture remaining, you will want to refrigerate the food to slow down spoilage. I often pull certain things out of the dehydrator early to maintain a softer texture. You will get a week or two but once again, let your eyes and your nose be your guide.

A good rule of thumb to consider is, if there are ingredients in the raw food recipe that normally need refrigeration, then refrigerate your creation. If nothing in the raw food recipe requires refrigeration, most likely you won’t have to refrigerate it because there isn’t anything in it that will spoil. Use common sense and your senses.

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Sophie Lhoste April 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm

“Use common sense and your senses.” I like that! A lot! Thank you. :o)


barbara greenhouse April 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Happy BD, here’s to just numbers and having some fun. People are amazed I’m my age yet it’s all how you eat and your outlook on life. Enjoyed your blog news today.


Jessie R April 10, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Happy Birthday.. Thanks for blog :-)


hihorosie April 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

Great tips – thanks!

And happy birthday! :)


Sonya April 11, 2010 at 1:25 am

Yes, common sense is best!
Found your blog few days ago and have been enjoying it tremendously.

Wishing you many more happy birthdays!


laura gallagher April 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

Happy BIrthday mama! Sounds like a fun trip.
I always keep everything in the refridgerator, it just seems crisper and stays fresh longer.


Alyice Edrich April 11, 2010 at 10:40 am

Happy BeLated Birthday! Have been enjoying your site and appreciate the good, and valuable info for a newbie like me. though I am not 100% raw, I am trying to incorporate more raw foods into my diet.


Mandie @ Vegan Wagon April 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

great information! thank you!


Christine April 11, 2010 at 11:36 am

Happy Birthday. I love your blog full of sense and delicious recipes. You are as young as you feel. And any year we gain healthy and happy is a great present. Sorry my english is not the best. Kind regards from Barcelona. Christine


Faith Lubitz April 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Happy Birthday! I was at the St Paul raw food potluck last night at the Friends Meeting House and there was a demo on rejuvelac. Viktoria made quinoa rejuvelac which was delicious, I’m going to make some……….have you ever had that kind?


Kathleen April 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Happy Birthday! 50 is wonderful and you might want to ask what you want to envision for the last half of your century. I am doing that now that I’m 53.
Colorado is wonderful and I am glad you had a great time with your daughters. I went to art school in Denver. (If you would like, check out my website : )


Ginger Bingham April 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Happy Birthday! I just turned a half century plus 1 yesterday, and between the mostly raw and exercise, I don’t look or feel it. With what I know now, I’m thinking this will be a healthier half century than the last one. And many thanks to you for contributions to my current nutrition habits. I’ve learned so much on this site!

So, enjoy 50. It does seem like a big number when you first arrive, but think of the knowlege and perspective that you have at this age. Its a great place to be in so many ways.


Janet April 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm

“Place your attitude in the right direction and you can create your journey.” I’m gonna print that and hang it where I see it every day. Glad you had a great time in CO–love to the girls.


s. April 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Hey-Happy Birthday! I live just outside of Boulder –What a great place to spend your BD in Colorado and skiing! I visit my sister in Excelsior at least twice yearly so I know that area of the country. Congrats on the book!.


Alberta April 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Happy Big Number Birthday !If you stay High Raw until you are
60 – You will still be 50 !


Eating Raw Foods Info April 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Happy Birthday! I can’t say that is how I”d want to spend my birthday – I’d much prefer a beach somewhere, but to each their own. Glad you had a good day.


MJ April 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Susan!! and Blessings for many more. What a wonderful way to enter into a new decade on this journey:)



debbie April 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Yeah for Fifty and Fabulous!
I hit 51 in a few weeks..


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