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#1 Old 09-06-2004, 03:22 AM
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I'm curious as to whether pickles (gerkins,cabbage,onions etc.) are classed as raw food or not. I've only ever made banechu kimchee myself and I know that I didn't use anything 'cooked' as such but I did use salt,sugar and spices. As it contains sugar/salt would it be classed as not raw? Is there anyway of getting raw pickles as I'm moving out of home soon as would really like to go as raw as possible but pickles are one of my big vices along with tea (only peppermint and green though). Also are organic nut butters raw?

Sorry if these all seem silly questions
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#2 Old 09-06-2004, 03:30 AM
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you can get raw versions of organic nut butters, but i believe most of them roast the nuts first. the container will say if they used raw nuts.
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#3 Old 09-12-2004, 12:23 PM
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Hi Wannadisco,

Pickles would not fall under the category of raw foods. The reason in my opinion is that they are cured. Most often vinegar is used in the pickling process and vinegar is a by product of decay. For this reason, I try to avoid eating pickles although I do like them too. I have to try making a 'raw food pickle' by using lemon juice some day.

As for nut butters, always read the labels. I have found only a few in my local supermarket that are made from raw nuts. Most used roasted nuts which people on a raw food diet like to avoid.

Hope this helps.



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#4 Old 09-12-2004, 12:39 PM
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my father-in-law makes pickles without vinegar, using only a sea salt brine. (it's an old family recipe, apparently.) we are going to get the recipe from him today because we have a WHOLE bunch of red runner beans from our garden that need to be preserved.

i don't know if they would count as raw if they are cured without vinegar, but i know it is possible. i'll post the recipe once we have it, if anyone is interested.
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