Gifts for the Homestead Kitchen for Yule and Christmas








 

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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.

Basic Cookware

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.

Cast Iron

Lodge 5—Piece Cast Iron Cookware Set

Mixers

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6 Quart Stand Mixer

Vitamix 1709 CIA Professional Series

Grain Mill

L’EQUIP Nutrimill Grain Mill 

Knives

Ginsu Chikara Stainless Steel Knife Set with Bamboo Block

Outdoor Edge Game Processor Portable Butcher Kit with carry case

Electric Meat Grinder—

STX International STX 3000-TF Turboforce 3 Speed Electric Meat Grinder with 3 Cutting Blades, 3 Grinding Plates, Kubbe Attachment and Sausage Stuffing Tubes

Manual Meat Grinder—

Norpro Meat Grinder, Mincer and Pasta Maker

Pizza  and Bread Stone

Old Stone Oven 14-Inch by 16-Inch Baking Stone 

Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook

Stockpot

New Professional  20 Qt Stainless Steel Stock Pot 

Tagine

Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 2 Qt Moraccan Tagine

Butter Keeper

Emile Henry Butter Pot

Crockpot

Crock-pot Hook Up Oval Connectable Entertaining System

Pierogi Maker

CucinaPro Pierogi Tray

Pasta maker

Marcato Pasta Machine

Kitchen composter

Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin 1 gallon 

 

Cooking Classes

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.

Real Food for the Holidays

Get Cultured! Cooking Class

 

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!

Fermenting Crocks

TSM Products Fermentation Pot, 10 Liter handcrafted in Poland

Wine Making Kits

Deluxe Wine Making Kit

Beer brewing

New Brewers Complete Homebrew Beer Making Kit by Monster Brew

 

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.

Canning book

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

Water Bath Canner

Granite Ware 21.5 Quart Water Bath Canner

Pressure Canners

All American 21 ½ Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner

Presto 23 Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

Set of Canning Tools

Back to Basics 5 Piece Home Canning Kit

Jars

Ball Regular Mouth Mason Jars with Lids and Bands

Tattler Reusable Regular Canning Lids and Rubber Rings

Dehydrating book

The Dehydrator Bible:  Includes over 400 Recipes

Dehydrator

Excalibur Food Dehydrator

Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator with Jerky Gun

 

More Ideas

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?

Heifer International

Give someone the gift of health, by providing grass-fed meats and milk through US Wellness Meats

Resources

Be sure to check out The Natural Living Site’s Resources Page for more ideas.

And remember  –Amazon has coupons!  Be sure to check for a coupon for your wished for items while visiting the site.

 

 


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