5 Essential Appliances For A Homestead Kitchen
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
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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