Rawmazing Contest Update

by Susan on March 17, 2010

Before I even start with this blog post…I want remind everyone that entries will be open until Thursday night at 6pm. Also, the winner will be picked by a RANDOM GENERATOR!!! I am not personally picking the winner…that would be way too hard because there so many excellent questions! Don’t forget, you have to actually ask a raw food question to be entered. I will be announcing the winner sometime Friday or Saturday.

This contest has been a blast so far! I am thrilled to see how many of you have responded. Your kind words about the site are so appreciated. And the questions! I love the questions. I can’t wait to dig in and start answering them.

I am learning a great deal about you from the questions coming in. You have given me inspiration combined with a new understanding  and knowledge about what you need and want concerning raw food.  There have been tons of questions about nuts and seeds, raw food “rules” and different kinds of raw food and supplementation.

I will be answering some of the questions directly. Others will be grouped and answered in blog posts. Some I honestly can’t answer as they are either very personal or medical. I will point you in the right direction to find your own answer.

A few have asked about the TSM dehydrator. Yes, it is quiet. Very quiet. it is one of the features I love about it. It is also very sturdy and completely separates from the heating element so you can give it a super cleaning. It’s temp is quite consistent and over all, it is extremely well made.

Good luck to all who have entered!!!

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Constance March 17, 2010 at 9:33 am

When you are a raw food person do you recommend green drinks made in the blender in the AM or Green Juice? There seems to be various opinions on this.

Amy March 17, 2010 at 9:38 am

This looks like a good sturdy dehydrator. I had the Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator and when we were moving, someone dropped it and being made of plastic, it broke. They probably had no idea they had just broken a very expensive piece of equipment. :( Now I have a convection oven that starts at 100degrees, so I just use it for dehydrating. No worries about dropping it either! ha!

I know someone is going to be veeeeery happy to win this!

Denise Walden March 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

Ok….. I am going to share this but after you stop laughing I would love some instructions. I made some banana crepes yesterday and they turned out wonderful. The I proceeded to make the cream with young coconuts and soaked cashews. I have never cracked a coconut so that was an adventure and then that pesky brown “skin” on the fresh coconut gave me fits. It took me an hour to peel each little piece before it went into the blender…… Should I have left it on there or does it come off an easier way?

Talk about your old dog learning new tricks! BUT my sweet husband has come onto my raw food wagon and is HELPING in the kitchen and learning right along side me…… What a joy………..

By the way, the strawberry-banana, crepes were wonderful when once I got that coconut peeled.

Be blessed

helene March 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

how do you know when you are getting all the nutrients; protein, vitamins, … from the Vegan diet necessary to balance your body in the proper way? (I know this is a wide question but probably most heard when I tell people I have gone Vegan)

Ida March 17, 2010 at 10:37 am

Why is it I’ve never heard of this dehydrator, but everyone knows Excalibur? Are they a new company, or is it about advertising?

Erica Bona March 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

I have heard some things about agave nectar lately. Is it raw or not?

Molly March 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm

There are so many ideas of how to eat a raw diet; what to eat with what, what not to eat at this time, etc. How can I know what is right advice and what is totally wrong advice?

laara March 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

My question is how you see dehydrated foods in the diet , some raw food experts are for them and some not . Do you see them as a special occasion food or something that can be eaten more often or even each day . It would be interesting to see how you use them personally ?

Valerie March 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Is sprouted bread considered raw?

Verna March 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I heard recently that some veggies should not be eaten raw. This was totally new to me. Can you tell me what veggies should not be eaten raw?

Cybele March 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Hi, Thanks for your website. Me and my kids love looking at your photos and trying out recipes.. . I wonder if you could some recipes sepcifically targetted at kids.?. a kids section! That would make them feel part of the experience even more! Looking forward to it!

Kip March 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm

So, in looking at my question yesterday, I realized it was only peripherally related to raw food. So, here’s my new question. Are frozen foods (such as fruit) considered raw? What if I freeze them? Do they lose nutrients?

Lucy March 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

What is the oddest food you have dehydrated?

susanne March 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Where do you find fresh,raw,organic,shelled nuts at a reasonable price?

Velda March 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm

If you have to buy a fruit or vegetable that is not organic, what is the best way to remove the pesticides?.
What are Nori sheets?
Thank you.

zc nelson March 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Susan Hello,
First I want to thank you for all the goodness in your heart …for being an inspiration on this raw food awakening. And 2ndly you will never know the positive influence you have given me about discovering the Vortex ( and Abraham). I totally credit you ( and thank you )for that discovery !! When i get back to Minnesota, I wish we could ‘Vortex” lunch together…I use to live close to Lakewind…! Now I live in Hawaii.

Now for my question. I am not 100% on raw food…yet. But am so excited about it and will be trying more raw recipes as I learn more. I want to know if sea weeds are considered raw, and if ‘Kelp noodles” are raw food. Also,I would like to know the time needed to soak nuts and seeds ( and what nuts and seed I can soak then dehydrate, and at what time I can make sprouted vegetables out of them, and how to make 100% sprouted bread without using white flour, because i am wondering if I can make croissant out of sprouted seeds ( so as not to consume white bread !) Oh gosh my mind has a lot of questions…but will stop here. I’m sorry for asking a lot of questions…I just completely believe in raw food consumption.

To the one who will win the Dehydrator…she’s very lucky. And thanks to you for making it happen. I pray that all the blessings that you are spreading to all us comes back to you a thousand fold. We know it will right…through allowing and alligning !
Anyway, Thank you again Susan !


Heather March 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Are there particular enymes that would benefit those who choose the raw lifestyle (digestive, etc). If so, are there any brands that you would recommend? thanks susan!

Rhea March 17, 2010 at 9:47 pm

What are some good prepared in advance raw convenience foods? I’ve a growing 13 yo boy and sometimes it’s hard to keep the raw food coming fast enough. He’s definitely not at the “in it’s natural state is best” mindset. He likes it to have been made into something. : ) Thanks much!

Christine March 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

What are some uses for sprouted wheat berries? They taste oddly sweet and starchy. Have you ever made crackers from them?

Susan March 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Sprouted Wheat Berries…there are recipes on the site already for those!!

Serena March 17, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Are sea spaghetti and kelp noodles raw?

What is your opinion of the consumption (by raw foodists) of peanuts/peanut butter? That is, there are many high raw references/blogs against peanuts (whether stated directly or implied)because they are obviously not raw (there is a toxin in raw peanuts and therefore they need to be heated/roasted to a certain temperature before consuming).

melinda March 18, 2010 at 8:24 am

How do I use my %100 unsweetened cacao baking bars? looking for raw food recipes!

Josi March 18, 2010 at 8:24 am

First thank you for having such a wonderful website. I am always looking to expand my horizons and your site in on the top of my favorites.
What is your favorite raw meal?

Kathleen March 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

Thank you for this opportunity and to TSM.
I’m new to raw food lifestyle and I want to know what to do to prep grains like rice, millet etc.? I have seen charts that show you can soak and sprout them but I’m not understanding why, how, what you do with them to eat them afterward etc. Thanks.

Sean OBrien March 18, 2010 at 11:44 am

Dehydrators use heat to aid the process. At what temperature does the food stop being ‘raw ‘ and become ‘cooked’? Does it vary by item?

Marlene March 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

When dehydrating nuts and seeds (at low temp of course), how does one know when they are dried enough without overdehydrating. Seems like I frequently do too much or too little. Have a great day!

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