The Complete Book of Raw Food

The Complete Book of Raw Food by Julie Rodwell Read Free Book Online

Book: The Complete Book of Raw Food by Julie Rodwell Read Free Book Online
Authors: Julie Rodwell
    Wheat Grass . The most popular of the cereal grasses. When juiced, it has a slightly sweet yet intense flavor, which may take some getting used to, but stick with it. You might want to mix wheat grass juice (or any other grass juice) with other juices such as apple or carrot to make a tastier juice with all the same nutritional benefits.
Even those with wheat sensitivities can usually tolerate wheat in its grass stage.

    Barley Grass . A broad blade grass with a lighter green color than wheat, barley grass is consumed by many people in capsule form. The juice is more potent than the powder, which is true of all fresh foods. The juice has a very intense flavor, so we advise mixing it with other grasses, such as wheat grass, to come up with your tastiest juice.
    Rye Grass . Rye produces a red tinged blade of grass. It has much the same flavor as wheat grass, and is just as nutritious, but you might want to try rye instead if you feel like growing something festive.
    Spelt Grass . Spelt also has flavor and nutritional benefits similar to those of wheat grass, and is recommended for those with wheat allergies who want to enjoy the benefits of grass juices.
        The method for growing all of these grasses is the same, and it is quite similar to the method for growing greens. Fill a tray, with perforations for water drainage, with soil, moisten the soil, and spread the seeds over the soil. There is no need to pre-sprout grass seeds. Cover the tray with another perforated tray that allows for air circulation, and water often enough to keep the soil moist (about every 1 to 2 days). Once the grass is about 1 or 2 inches high, uncover it to allow the blades to get green. You may use direct or indirect sunlight, but remember to water more often if using direct sunlight. After about 9 or 10 days, the grass can be harvested.
    Cut the grass just above soil level, using scissors or a knife. The blades of grass will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator; however, to obtain maximum nutritional benefits, it is generally recommended to juice and consume grasses immediately after harvesting.

D rying food to use later is as old as humanity. If food is dried at low temperatures—118°F or lower and preferably not above 105°F—the living enzymes are not denatured and the food remains raw.
           There are three ways to dehydrate food. You can:
Hang it to dry in your kitchen—this works for herbs and leaves such as bay leaves;
Place it in the hot sun outside—this works fine as long as you can keep bugs and critters off; or you can
Use an electric dehydrator.
    The first two options for drying your food—hanging it in your kitchen or placing it in the sun—have limited capabilities. You cannot hang some foods to dry in your home, as they will often simply fall apart—at best—or start a giant infestation of bugs and other pests. And drying your food in the sun works well indeed, when there
sun. Outside factors such as the weather can be a real obstacle, and since many raw recipes require you to dry the food that you eat, you may want to think about investing in a dehydrator.
    There are many types of dehydrators, and most provide not just heat but a fan to facilitate more even drying. A popular brand among rawfooders is Excalibur, ® whose 3926 model is large, with nine trays, enough for a family-size batch of food.
    There are four basic components to a dehydrator—the oven itself, the plastic rigid trays, the flexible polyscreen tray inserts, and the Teflex™ tray insert liners or sheets. The shelves and polyscreen inserts can be removed to facilitate cleaning and to dry larger foods—such as cakes and pies—that require more clearanceand space. Dehydrators are incredibly simple to use, and every Excalibur comes with a free how-to booklet, offering tips on its assembly and use.
Using Your Dehydrator
    Unlike ovens, dehydrators use very low heat, and it can

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