Rawmazing Monday Update

by Susan on March 29, 2010

We have been very busy behind the scenes here at Rawmazing. I am getting ready to release my first cookbook, Rawmazing Desserts! I can’t wait for the release. After months of turning my kitchen into a photography studio, it is almost done. It’s full of recipes for the most Rawmazing desserts you have ever seen. Can you imagine chocolate layer cakes and cupcakes from the dehydrator, and a soft zucchini bread that is so much like a traditional bread that no one will even believe it’s raw? Plus tarts, ice creams, decadent cookies, pies and more. All done with the simple, gourmet raw food recipe style you have come to appreciate.

Whether you are interested in raw food recipes, or just making healthier desserts for your family, you will find what you are looking for. The recipes are tasty, healthy, beautiful and easy! Step-by-step picture instructions will completely demystify the process of making stunning raw desserts. Release is scheduled for late April. It will be available in print and download. I will keep you updated!

Today’s Raw Food Question: Freezing

I have an entire stack (180 printed pages to be exact) of your great questions from the dehydrator give-a-way. While I am still sorting and categorizing, I also want to start answering some of them. Today’s question comes from Allyson. She asks:

“If you make a large quantity of *lets say* raw crackers with a dehydrator, is it okay to freeze the left overs, or does freezing deplete the nutrients, etc. ”

If you have left overs that you won’t be getting to any time soon, freezing is not a bad way to go. Frozen food loses it’s nutrients very slowly as time passes. So, keep in mind that the longer it is frozen, the more the nutrients will deplete. I would much rather freeze something than throw it away. Many times when I have extra greens on hand for green drinks and I know I am not going to get to them before they go bad, into the freezer they go. I do try to use them up as fast as I can but I would rather freeze them than let them spoil. And let’s face it, with our busy lives, to try to hit the ideal can be a little daunting.

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Allyson March 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Thanks so much Susan! I didn’t even think to freeze greens…
Can’t wait to get a copy of your cookbook :)

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veggie wedgie March 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Congrats on the book! I’m excited!

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Pam March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm

OMG….so pretty and delish looking…Congrats Susan!

xoxo

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Tanya March 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Thank you! I was wondering about how freezing affects nutrients, etc. :) Congrats on the cookbook!

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laura gallagher March 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Can’t wait for the cookbook mama!

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sarah March 29, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Your book will be a must buy for me for sure!

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Carol G. March 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Congrats. Great Susan!

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Lisa March 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

What a beauty of a cookbook cover!!

When freezing fresh greens such as kale, swiss chard and spinach [or even cucumbers and celery], do you freeze them on their own? Chopped or whole?….does it matter? I’m thinking they will have a totally different texture and be wilted and soggy. I suppose for juicing though, it’s okay. How are they after they’ve been dethawed? Also, can avacodo’s be peeled and frozen???…I often purchase these in bulk but sometimes I can’t use them fast enough prior to them spoiling/taste change.

Thanks for your input Susan!! Lisa

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Susan March 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

I only use my frozen greens for smoothies. They definitely will have gone through a change and will be wilted. I usually just throw them in the vitamix for smoothies. Avocado…I would question but I will look into.

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Jessie R March 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

Thanks Susan!! congrats with you book. :-)
I never thought of freezing greens either..lol

Jessie R.

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El March 30, 2010 at 10:14 am

Wow. How exciting. Congrats to you. Your photo looks beautiful!

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Melissa March 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

Congrats on the new book. That picture is gorgeous! Thanks for your response on freezing foods..and keeping it real:)

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Ellen, Kauai Paradise Inn March 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Aloha! I am so happy for you! Congratulations! You will need a book signing tour. Come to Kauai and give a class!
Thank you from the bottom of my sweet tooth (and heart!) for making your first release a dessert cookbook. Best to you!

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Susan March 30, 2010 at 8:57 pm

lol…I had to do desserts! Would love to come there and teach a class!!

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Stacy March 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Congratulation on a beautiful book! I will definitely be purchasing. I am curious about the avocado question also. I’ve seen frozen guacamole in the warehouse stores, but I’m sure there are a lot of preservatives and junk in them.

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Susan March 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I haven’t frozen avocado but have seen frozen avocado halves. I do remember trying one once but it had no flavor. I would suggest trying it and see what happens.

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Dot D. March 31, 2010 at 10:07 am

Looking forward to your new book! Congratulations on getting it completed. I know it is a long, arduous process….but all worth it. Looking forward to it.

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Mike April 1, 2010 at 7:19 am

Common, Susan, Please let us know when the book is coming as I am surfing your website but I cannot find it yet?

Also I would propose one idea – to have two book options – paper and e-book type. The book on paper is a waste of a wood however some people prefer reading it that way. The other option is much more ecological, you can have your book as soon as you have a payment confirmation (some sort of download or email with a link) and again some people (like me) who prefer reading it in PDF or whatsoever format it is will be satisfied.

Of course the choice is up to you and it is just a thought that I share :)
If you can let us know the date of the book coming this might turn into a very nice present to all our raw friends too ;)

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Susan April 1, 2010 at 7:51 am

Release in late April, and yes, it will be available in print and download. (it’s in the announcement… :-) )

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Mike April 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

Oh, silly me.. I am sorry then and thanks for the info. I am really looking forward into buying the book and I hope that the recipe of the lovely mini cakes on the cover is included in the book. Thank you for your amazing effort too. You really are a RAW diamond :)

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Jessie R April 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Susan,

Do you have any non nut receipes in your new book?

Jessie R. :-)

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Jessie R April 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Re:
Susan,

Do you have any non nut receipes in your new book?

My son can have coconuts but no nuts.. :-)

Jessie R.

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