A modern homestead can include modern conveniences. Although I love the simple life, I don’t want to go back to the old ways. Homesteading my way doesn’t include off-grid living. I want to be more productive in the day by utilizing the modern technology of the day. That includes washer, dryer, deep freeze, refrigerator, dishwasher, and other large appliances.
But today, I want to talk about small, kitchen appliances. These appliances save my life when I am trying to make healthy, real food from scratch.
My Kitchen Aid Mixer is great for baking and bread making. Check out a similar model here.
This strainer helps me make applesauce and tomato sauce. You put the whole tomato or apple in the top and the strainer sorts the peels and seeds from the yummy, eatible parts. It’s amazing! You can find a similar one here and you can add other accessories too.
I got this last year around harvest time. I dried herbs and fruit in it. This year I would like to learn how to make fruit leather and other foods. You can find it here.
I have been using a slow cooker for years to make dinner time manageable. Put food in the morning and forget about it until dinner time. Here is a similar one. Easy peasy!
I love making salsa with my garden harvest. The food processor makes this so much easier because it does almost all of the chopping for me. I have one similar to this one.
At harvest time, I have this thing running constantly. I love canning my harvest and seeing all of that food lined up on the pantry shelves, ready for winter. I have this one here.
These next 3 on the list aren’t essentials, but they are nice to have.
Ice cream maker
I love making homemade ice cream! It is so fun to mix candies and flavors together. Even better if you can make it with RAW milk and cream! I have this one.
Ok, so I know this is the latest craze, but I love it. I don’t have the instant pot brand, but I got this Power Cooker for Christmas and it has revolutionized my cooking. I will be talking about this in it’s own post next week, so I won’t go into detail here.
This one is a definitely a luxury, but my family loves it. This popcorn popper is a hit at family game night or movie night. Last year my attempt to grow popcorn failed, but this year I will be trying it again. Air popped popcorn is healthier than microwave, so this is a great option for us. I have this one here. It pops great, but overheats after several rounds without a break. If this one goes out on us, we might try this one instead.
And like everyone else, I have a wish list for other small appliances for the kitchen. These appliances would make my life SO MUCH EASIER. I know hard core homesteaders are into doing without on these kinds of things, but I figure if I can get more quality stuff done in less time and money, why not?
There are several types of grain mills available these days. Here are a few that I would love to have:
An attachment to the Kitchen Aid here.
A manual mill for emergency preparedness here.
A counter model that can grind various types of grain here.
A big part of my harvest storage is using the deep freeze. I would love to have a vacuum sealer to keep the harvest and meats fresh for an extended period of time. Here is the model I would love to have. It also has the attachment to seal dry goods in jars.
A meat grinder would be a valuable tool to have on the homestead. We raise rabbits and I would love to make ground rabbit for easier use.
This last one is really a pipe dream for our homestead. Freeze drying food is an awesome way to add to your food storage for extended storage. Freeze dried food can last for 20 years or more. Doing this process at home is expensive to start, but if you can handle it I think it would be a great investment for the family. It would also be nice to know where our food came from that was freeze dried which isn’t so in the store bought food. The best brand I know of for home freeze dryers is Harvest Right. Check them out!
What do you think about this list? Do you have anything to add? Please let us know in the comments below.
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