5 Essential Appliances For A Homestead Kitchen

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I don’t like lots of gadgets and gizmos.

I am an empty counter top kind of girl. No rice steamers, bread makers, or popcorn poppers in my kitchen. In fact, I didn’t even own a stand mixer until very recently!

However, there are a few appliances that I find extremely handy to have around as I preserve our garden goods, and cook our meals from scratch.

 1. First and foremost. A Food Processor.

If I could have only one appliance, this would be it. My food processor is old and bulky, but it still faithfully plugs along, and I use it every single day. Here are a few examples of the myriad of things I make with my Food Processor.

  • bread crumbs
  • mayonnaise
  • smoothies
  • pie crust
  • minced/chopped veggies
  • whipped cream
  • salad dressing
  • dips and sauces
  • preparing tomatoes for canning
  • making nut butter/flour

I could go on and on. Hands down, my food processor is the most utilized appliance in my kitchen.

*A food processor can do almost everything a blender can, plus MUCH much more.

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2. Toaster Oven

This is your microwave AND your toaster replacement. Two in one- we use it to reheat leftovers, and toast/broil our bread! Also used multiple times a day in our house.

3. Dehydrator

I don’t use my dehydrator every single day, but we eat the food the dehydrator produces every day. Some examples:

  • dried herbs
  • dried apples, peaches, and pears
  • beef jerky
  • dried tomatoes
  • dried pepper flakes
  • fruit roll ups

4. Stand or hand held mixer.

I used to only have a hand held mixer, and it worked just fine, but I recently acquired a stand mixer (birthday!). I mostly use it to mix up bread, cookies, and other desserts like cheesecake and brownies. A hand mixer is just as proficient at performing these tasks (except for kneading bread, which can easily be done by hand). The main reason I switched to a stand mixer is because it has an attachable grain mill, which is the next item on my list!

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5. Grain Mill

Whether you grow your own grain (hopefully this will be us soon!) or buy it in bulk (like we do now), a grain mill is essential for turning it  into lovely fresh flour! Like I mentioned above, mine is the kind that hooks to my stand mixer, but I have also used a free standing grain mill that worked wonderfully as well.

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I know, you are probably wondering. Why don’t I have a crockpot on my list?

I actually do own and use a crockpot, but I have found that an enameled dutch oven works just as well!

The only other appliances I have are a little coffee grinder, and an ice cream maker. Neither of which are essential unless you are as crazy about coffee and ice cream as our family is!

So there you have it. My list of the 5 most essential appliances for any homestead kitchen!

What are your top 5 used appliances?

This post has been shared at Simple Lives Thursdays, The Home Acre Hop, Inspired Weekends, Freedom Fridays, The Pin Junkie,  Old Fashioned Friday, From the Farm Hop, Simply Natural Saturdays, and So Much at Home

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16 responses to “5 Essential Appliances For A Homestead Kitchen”

  1. Gail Akeman says:

    Very good article. I like your blog. Get back to simple. visiting from the Link and Mingle blog hop from Frugal and Coupon Crazy

  2. Definitely 5 great things to have!

  3. Terra Ash says:

    I got a stand mixer a couple of years ago and while it’s not a must have, I wouldn’t want to go without one again! It makes things so simple and it’s easy to clean up. I’m a baking addict and a stand mixer just makes life easier.

  4. I have many small appliances, but I would say my top five are:
    1. KitchenAid Mixer – The bread hook gets a work out at my house.
    2. Crockpot – I love filling it in the morning and smell supper cooking all day long.
    3. Coffee pot – I am coffee lover and couldn’t start my day without it!
    4. Toaster – Hubby has to have his bagel every morning.
    5. Kitchen scale – Not really an appliance but something I use everyday.

    Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop!

  5. I love and use my food processor, hand held mixer which I would love to replace with a lovely stand mixer…oh I dream! I also use my crock pot, and food vaccuum sealer. I would love to get an ice cream mixer, to someday! Stopping by from the Mommy Monday hop! Have a great week!

  6. Kat says:

    Hmm, my top five essential appliances … food processor (makes relish making SO much faster!, as well as shredding cheese), rice cooker (I know I can do it on the stove, but this is used multiple times a week and it comes out without a sticky pot, so this is my luxury piece), dehydrator (dried apples, mint, jerky are the primary things, but I’m looking to expand that this year – maybe build a solar dehydrator to do larger amounts at a time), crock pot (aside from the usual, I love it for beans), microwave (I know a toaster oven is better, but I haven’t mastered reheating without drying it out.)

  7. It’s a good list, but I have to admit that I have NONE of those in my homestead kitchen. 🙂 We’re on solar power, and nothing in my kitchen is electric. I do miss my dehydrator from when we lived in the city.

  8. Bexz says:

    Great blog post! I too love my food processor 🙂 After this blog post though I may have to convince hubby to let me have a dehydrator 😉 lol x

  9. Raina says:

    I cannot live without my steamer. It’s almost 16 years old, and still going strong! Almost all my veggies (unless I’m roasting Brussels sprouts or caramelizing onions) go in there. Stuffed artichokes steamed to perfection…omg!

    I prefer my crockpot to leaving the oven or stove on all day. (It’s also 15-16 yrs old!) It’s so nice to throw in a few things and turn it on so the family has dinner when they get home. I’d really like a vacuum sealer to freeze veggies in, but in the meantime am making do with ziploc bags and a straw.

  10. Karla says:

    1. Food Processor
    2. Stand Mixer
    3. Toaster Oven (for baking, reheating, etc. – we don’t own a microwave)
    4. Crock Pot (I like that I can leave it on overnight or during the day and not have to worry about it)
    5. Blender (I have a smoothie almost every day, and would rather use this than the bigger food processor that tends to leak with liquidy things)
    *note: while not an appliance, essential for us in the Spring/Summer us our salad spinner, for all the fresh lettuce.

  11. Lisa says:

    My must have list is a pressure cooker, microwave and immersion blender. I can cook a meal in less than an hour instead of having the slow cooker going all day. I only use my crock pot when at home, I’m a little paranoid and concerned about a fire. The immersion blender is used for making soup, lotion, soap and smoothies. The blender also has a food processor attachment.

  12. Alissa says:

    I think this list will be different for everyone. I am not an appliance hoarder however, some appliances I purchased were less about me then my family members and later because of my age…My appliances are as follows.
    #1~ Coffee Pot
    #2 ~ Electric Can Opener ~ when I was younger I never owned one however, with the decrease in my strength due to arthritis.
    #3 ~ Stand Mixer ~ I just can’t hand mix or knead like I use to. I didn’t want to give up baking so I got one.
    #4 ~ Toaster ~ my husband has toast as a snack all the time… With natural peanut butter, honey or jams.
    #5 ~ Food Processor ~ for every reason listed above and more.
    #6 ~Air Popper: My children LOVE popcorn and from an early age they were able to make a semi healthy snack all by themselves WITHOUT touching the stove and without the chemical soup of microwave popcorn.

  13. Lee Ann says:

    I JUST came across this post, I actually have all these (plus SO MANY more lol), all except the dehydrator, and couldn’t agree with you more. I do love my gadgets thougth – they make the cook & bake from scratch life so much easier!

  14. Sarah says:

    I’m off-grid so I don’t get to have a toaster. I really miss it because I LOVE toast. I use my oven to make it now, but you really have to remember there’s bread in there! lol

    Anyways, one thing I wanted to mention was how great a pressure cooker is. It has completely replaced my need for a crock pot and an added bonus is it doesn’t require electricity.

    • Angi says:

      That is nice Sarah! I have been interested in the whole pressure cooker idea, but have hesitated because of Sally Fallon (Nourishing Traditions) cautioning against them. I need to take the time to research them, because it sounds very practical.

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