Having the right kind of kitchen appliances is important for any urban homesteader. After all, the kitchen is where most people spend the majority of their time indoors. Whether it's making your own bread or dehydrating fruits and vegetables, having the appropriate tools makes any job that much easier, no matter what the task at hand. From coffee makers to food processors, here is a list of must-have kitchen appliances for all urban homesteaders.
For those who cannot live without their daily coffee, a percolator is a key appliance to have around, especially when the lights go out. Percolators are simple to use, require no electricity, and can work in a variety of environments, including camp fires or indoor stoves.
One of the best parts about being an urban homesteader is making things from scratch. This includes homemade bread, pizza dough, muffins, and even ice cream. Having a high quality mixer on hand will make the creation process go by faster and easier, allotting you extra time to start on your next project. If you're worried about electricity shortages, you can invest in a hand operated mixer that will work no matter what happens to the grid.
A good grain mill is important for those who produce their own grain or who like the idea of making flour from scratch. Without this simple machine, processing grains can be extremely time-consuming and difficult. Fortunately, grain mills are easy to operate and will turn your grains into flour in no time flat.
Many urban homesteaders like to think ahead and prepare for times of shortages. With that in mind, a food dehydrator is a great way to get the most out of your food and extend its shelf life. From dehydrating fruit to helping dough rise, dehydrators actually have a surprising number of uses. Not only does this make it one of the more versatile tools in the kitchen, but it also makes a go-to appliance for many urban homesteaders.
For those urban homesteaders who like to process their own meat, a meat grinder is a must-have for the kitchen. Luckily, meat grinders come in a variety of types, including non-electric manual grinders. These grinders typically come with different tips, depending on how fine or coarse you want the meat. Perhaps the best part about meat grinders is how little room they take in the kitchen. Simply clamp them on the end of a table and you are good to go.
Food processors are great for a number of different tasks, making them an important appliance for all urban homesteaders. With a food processor on hand, you can make salad dressing, pie crust, mayonnaise, sauces, and even whipped cream. With so many uses, a food processor will quickly become the centerpiece of your urban homesteading kitchen and is definitely worth its price tag.
In order to get the most out of your kitchen’s stove, consider using a pressure cooker. These appliances go a long way in maximizing energy by cooking multiple things at once and in a timely manner. Furthermore, you can cook all kinds of items with this appliance, from steaming rice and vegetables to making homemade broth. For those who might be intimidated by these cookers, modern versions offer easy to follow instructions and come equipped with safety features.
Cast Iron Skillet
The great part about purchasing a cast iron skillet is the longevity of the item. Not only will a good cast iron skillet last throughout your lifetime, but it is something you can pass along to subsequent generations. Additionally, cast iron skillets can be used in a variety of settings, including on your kitchen stove top as well as on an outdoor fire.
If you are looking for a compromise between a microwave and a toaster, then a toaster oven is the perfect choice. These small appliances can be used to heat up food as well as broil bread to a nice even crisp. For those who eat bread on a daily basis, a toaster oven is a must-have appliance that will get its fair share of the daily workload.
Perry Carpenter is a freelance writer living in Springfield, Missouri. Her love of everything DIY was instilled from an early age by her mother. Growing up, creativity was encouraged, and Christmas prep involved making lots of homemade presents.
Perry has been a successful freelance writer since graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in journalism. She has worked on dozens of home renovations, completing projects from garage rebuilds and asbestos removal to shower installation. She has covered everything from auto repair to plumbing for DoItYourself.com.
In her spare time, Perry enjoys traveling, especially abroad. Her best friend since kindergarten has lived in many places around the world, giving Perry and her husband lots of vacation destinations. She currently has plans to visit Germany and Italy, followed by Scotland and England. Scotland especially holds a special place in her heart because of her deep Scottish roots. In fact, her profile picture was taken in Fort William, a town in the western Scottish Highlands.
Perry loves to cook for family and friends and can often be found prepping for the next big get together, whether it is a family birthday, or just another NFL Sunday.
She also volunteers by coaching youth volleyball, as well as by raising money for her father&rsquo;s memorial scholarship fund.
Andrew Montroy is a food service professional with over 30 years experience in the food business.&nbsp; He has experience in all facets of the industry, from the Ma and Pop corner restaurant to fine dining, and just about everything in between. His passion lies with creating great food and creating great relationships, not only with customers, but also employees and vendors. He has held positions in all areas of a restaurant and has also consulted. Most recently, he serves in the capacity of Executive Chef in one of the largest elderly healthcare facilities in northern New York.&nbsp;
30+ years in the food service industry
19+ years in food service management
In 1986, Andrew got his first job in a restaurant and hasn&rsquo;t left the industry since. In 1991, He joined the United States Navy as a cook (at the time it was a Mess Management Specialist but has since changed to Culinary Specialist). During his time in the Navy, he served as the wardroom chef (serving officers) and as a the Captain&rsquo;s cook. He has served many foreign dignitaries, admirals and even former senate majority leader Trent Lott.&nbsp;
Andrew received his Nutrition Certification from the National Restaurant Association while taking an advanced culinary course at First Coast Technical Institute. He has also completed the Apprentice Program for cook in any industry by the Department of Labor.&nbsp; He is also ServSafe Manager Certified. The majority of his learning has been in the restaurants serving under chefs and managers.&nbsp;
His passion for food has never subsided over the years and he is a constant student of the industry. Often found with a culinary book in hand, he is always learning new aspects of the food business. He loves to teach and impart the knowledge that has been given to him over the years to the upcoming chefs and leaders in the food service industry.