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© 2013 Shanna Lea
Every homesteader needs the essential items in their homestead kitchen for basic cooking and food preserving skills. If you have a budding or even an experienced homesteader on your gift list for Yule or Christmas, they will love something from this list to use in their kitchen.
Cast Iron is always at the top of my list when it comes to cookware. These pans are versatile, durable and healthier than the non-stick cookware on the market. I have a set of cast iron cookware that I use frequently throughout the week: wok, griddle, skillet and a Dutch oven. I also have a set of different sizes for camping. These Dutch ovens have legs to easily slide the coals under and deep-rimmed lids to hold coals on top. I love the extra utensils like the lid lifters and pokers for turning meat.
Other items that top my kitchen list are a good quality set of knives—both for general kitchen use and for processing home raised meat. Others include a mixer, stockpot, crockpot, canning equipment and other essentials nice to have on the counter, like a butter keeper.
Electric Meat Grinder—
Manual Meat Grinder—
Pizza and Bread Stone
As we become aware of the health concerns of the modern diet we have all been used to eating, we are learning that the traditional diets of our ancestors were much healthier. There are many online cooking classes to teach you how to cook like your great-grandparents including fermenting, soaking, and ? These online classes and meal menus will get you on the road to success in your homestead kitchen.
Fermenting and Brewing
Fermenting and brewing of drinks and food have always been a mainstay of traditional diets. Learn how to make your own healthy breads, cheese, yogurt, kefir, beer and wine.
Cultures for Health—Has starter cultures for yogurt, kefir, sourdough, kombucha, buttermilk. Want to make your own cheese? They have cheese making starter kits and fermenting crocks too!
Wine Making Kits
Food Preservation—Canning and Dehydrating
Food preserving is an important skill to learn in order to store back provisions for your family for bulk, emergency preparedness and your health. You control what goes into the jars instead of big companies that add additives and preservatives. And there is nothing like seeing rows of beautiful shiny jars of food you just canned sitting on your pantry shelf. Summer is not the only time to preserve food Winter is a great time to learn to can or dehydrate also. I have made tons of soups and canned them over the winter from meat we processed from our own animals or what I bought in bulk. Beans are also another food to can during the winter. Check out my article “Home Canning and Preserving Food for Winter…Don’t Put Your Canner Away Yet!” for how to can in winter.
Water Bath Canner
Set of Canning Tools
How about donating so a family in need can have their own goat, or cow, chickens or other necessities that we take for granted in our own lives?
Give someone the gift of health, by providing grass-fed meats and milk through US Wellness Meats
Be sure to check out The Natural Living Site’s Resources Page for more ideas.
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