Tools – Kitchen and Food Prep

Any homestead must be loaded with tools for food preparation.  Most of what your homestead is all about is raising your own food after all.  We would love to one day be self sufficient in our food.  We’ve got a long time before that will happen, but for now, here’s the progress we’ve made.

Here’s a meat grinder that Courtney got for me last year.  The main problem is that I haven’t used it yet.  We need to set a time and just do it so I can become familiar with it and determine whether I need any accessories, parts, etc.  Also pictured above is one of our pasta makers (we’ve got a ton of attachments too) and this old food mill that Courtney got last weekend.  We’ve got the Squeezo strainer packed away somewhere, too.

Two different camp stoves, one runs on propane canisters and one on white gas.  Great for camping, or emergency cooking when we lose power and our electric range in the kitchen is out of commission.  The coleman lantern in storage runs on white gas, but I’d love to have a unit that runs on propane because they are just so much more efficient.  The pressure canner pictured is our second one that we got recently as well.  Now we can really can up a storm with two pressure canners and two water bath canners.  If you buy a used pressure cooker/canner make sure you have it tested and calibrated.  Usually the local university ag extension office will do this for free.  It is very important to get accurate readings.

We have been talking for a long time about getting a grain mill.  That is a big purchase and a lot of research must still be done.  We’ve heard great things about the Country Living Grain Mill.  If anyone has experience with this or any other grain mill, or has done comparisons, we’d love to know about it.

Thanks, Robert.


3 responses to “Tools – Kitchen and Food Prep

  1. We invested in a Country Living Grain Mill that we found on Craigslist. They are pretty pricey, but we’d rather spend more up front and know that we will get years (and maybe decades) of use out of it without problems.

    I wrote up a short post about it a couple of months back — here’s the link:

    City Roots, Country Life

  2. I’ve got the Family Grain Mill with a hand crank attachment and a KitchenAid attachment. It is MUCH cheaper and does our hard white wheat great. I spoke to a man who’s had it for 10 years and never any trouble. With both attachments it was still under $200, maybe around $160. I’ve had it for a year and love it. Always find free shipping and check to get a coupon code.

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