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Welcome to Green Boutique! Here are Kristen Suzanne's favorite items!
I love using bamboo products in my kitchen and this 5-Piece Bamboo Utensil Set is on my kitchen countertop. There’s something so lovely about the energy I get from using bamboo products like this while I’m making healthy vegan food for my family. It’s so pretty, too! And, most importantly, bamboo is an eco-friendly choice. It’s a renewable resource. The product features boast that these will not swell, split, or absorb moisture.
The FoodSaver is truly one of the best additions to my vegan kitchen ever. With a FoodSaver I can add shelf life to my foods, saving me time, and helping to reduce waste. One of my favorite things to freeze is peeled bananas. Using a food saver ensures that they freeze without freezer burn! After you buy your FoodSaver, hop over to FoodSaver’s website and buy the “mason jar attachment” so you can use it with your glass mason jars.
Using glass mason jars is a GREAT way to make your life a little more green. Glass is better for the environment and for your health (no toxic BPAs there!). I use glass mason jars of all sizes to grow sprouts, drink smoothies and water, store sauces, sauerkraut, dressings, and to keep all of the goodies I buy in bulk such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, nuts, dried fruits, grains, and so much more (as you can see from the picture, this is a glimpse into one of my freezers). You can even use glass mason jars with the Food Saver machine to keep your foods extra fresh (you need the mason jar attachment from Food Saver for this).
I don’t know what I’d do without these beauties – they’re awesome. They come three in a package, and while I’ve only used two of them, I use them a LOT! The medium size is for scooping out avocado flawlessly and the small size I use for young Thai coconut. I always buy them as stocking stuffers during the holidays. Everyone loves them! Here are some videos where I demonstrate how to use the medium and small size. Read More »
Excalibur Dehydrator – Dehydrating your Raw food is a great addition to your Raw lifestyle because it adds tremendous variety to your diet as well as shelf life to some of your food. Now you can have crunchy foods, warm foods, marinated foods with a texture reminiscent of cooked food, and foods that can last a long time in your refrigerator or freezer. Learn everything you need to about using this magnificent piece of kitchen equipment, along with some of the best dehydrating recipes ever, with my book (ebook also available), EASY Raw Food Dehydrating.
Miracle 5 Liter Harsch Fermenting Crock Pot – Having Raw, Organic, Unpasteurized sauerkraut (and other fermented veggies) is a staple in my family’s diet. The benefits are numerous (friendly bacteria, vitamins, minerals, enzymes)! The problem is that it can get pretty expensive when buying this from the store on a regular basis. That’s why I invested in this awesome fermenting pot (I actually have the 7.5 liter). Now, I can make my own homemade (Raw, Organic, and Unpasteurized) sauerkraut and fermented vegetables for much cheaper. And, it’s FUN and totally bad-ass! Check out my video demonstrating it here.
Hurom Juicer – YEAH BABY! This is my favorite juicer. It’s way easy (and fast) to use, quick to clean, and juices with a single auger, making it a slow juicer so the juice stays fresh longer. I know, oxymoron, right? Slow juicer that juices fast? But, it does! The size of the auger makes juice fast by moving a lot through it, but at a slow speed. My life wouldn’t be the same without fresh organic green juice (I like to call it Plant Blood - lol). For amazing juice recipes, check out my book (also available in ebook), Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Smoothies, Juices, Elixirs & Drinks.
Multi-Pure Undercounter Water Filter – This is the absolute smartest, most cost-effective, environmentally sound way to drink and prep food with delicious, pure, toxin-free water. Bottled water is ecological insanity and tap water is suspect even in the best of cases because municipalities don’t test for many dangerous contaminants such as hormones or prescription drugs that get into the water supply via urine. And even if your city tests well against the standard toxins, anything can happen in the pipes between them and you. Read More »
Blendtec Blender – One of the best high-powered blenders on the market. It’s great for making all kinds of Raw vegan recipes. One of my favorite aspects about Blendtec is the shape of the container. The four flat sides (and the two-pronged blade) make it easy to get the food out, simple to clean, and the whole unit fits neatly on my counter under my cupboard. Not only that, but they now also offer a big 3-quart jar with lid (additional purchase), which is awesome for making big batches of smoothies, soups, etc. High powered blenders like this, and the Vita-Mix 5200 (details above), make Raw food preparation FUN!
Vita-Mix 5200 Blender – I’m a fan of both Vita-Mix and Blendtec blenders, because they are both great. The Vita-Mix 5200 model comes with a container that is BPA-FREE (Hello! BPA-FREE!) with improved sound dampening so it’s not crazy loud, even though it comes with a powerful 2 peak HP motor. It also has a fantastic, easy to use lid and pour spout. This bad boy pulverises berries – skins, SEEDS, and all – that ROCKS, because those seeds are loaded with nutrition that would normally get passed right through your body! Read More »
MAC Knife – The number one tool you need in your kitchen is an excellent, sharp knife. You might as well make it FUN while you’re at it, eh? This is the one I love and use. It has a wonderful feel to it and the mega sharp blade rocks the house! And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to get a Knife Sharpener. It’s very important to keep your knife sharp because a dull knife can be just as, if not more(!), dangerous than a sharp knife. This is the one I use with my MAC knife.