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.