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Manual Kitchen Tools
Off-grid alternatives to everyday kitchen tools

Enhance your kitchen, one hand-crank, off-grid appliance at a time!

Are you ready to get an old fashioned kitchen? Turn back the time machine and
enter a kitchen where you churn your own fresh butter, beat your own eggs and
chop without the aid of a Kitchenaid! It's time to wake up and smell the coffee
percolating atop your wood fired oven, and consider that every prepper kitchen
should stock hand-crank and manual tools for preparedness. It's fun and easy to get
your kitchen off grid: one appliance at a time.

17 Hand Crank and Off-grid Kitchen Tools
Have you stocked hand-crank and manual tools for preparedness? Whether you set
aside essential tools for an emergency or start using them today, every prepper
should consider owning hand-powered kitchen tools and appliances. Here's a list to
get you started...

List of Manual Kitchen Tools for Preppers
Here is a list of off-grid alternatives and hand-powered kitchen tools to buy while
they are still available:

Off-grid kitchen tool #1: Big Berkey Water Filter.
Clean drinking water is always at the top of the list for survival. To replace the
running water in your kitchen, you'll need a water source and a filtration method. A
Big Berkey water filter can provide as much as 6,000 gallons of water filtration
before it requires cleaning.

Off-grid kitchen tool: Can opener (manual, wall mounted).
Instead of your electric can opener, you'll need a manual can opener. It's number
high on the list of hand-powered kitchen tools for preppers for good reason! You'll
have plenty of cans to open after crisis.

  • Wall-mounted can opener: A sturdy can opener is good, but a heavy duty,
    wall mounted can opener is better and will prove immensely useful in the days
    immediately following a disaster. The benefit of a wall-mounted unit is that
    you always know where it is.

  • Manual can openers. Preppers should own several sturdy manual can
    openers. Redundancy is key following a disaster, and there is not an excuse
    to have only one can opener. An inexpensive dollar store item, you can't
    afford not to have several on hand.

  • P-51 Military can openers. A military style can opener is ideal not only for the
    buogout bag, purse or car, but also for taping onto every other freeze dried
    can in your food storage. They are inexpensive and provide peace of mind
    that you'll be able to open cans in an emergency.

  • Bucket opener. The red bucket opener, pictured immediate left, is necessary
    to open a five- or six-gallon bucket. Tape them directly to every other bucket
    of food. They come with a hole for a string so you can secure one someplace

Off-grid kitchen tool #2: Coffee French press or percolator.
To some, coffee isn't just a luxury, it's a survival necessity!

  • French press coffee. When the instant coffee runs out, those who've
    prepared can enjoy the "perks" of a cup of fresh brewed coffee if they have a
    percolator or French Press, coffee grinder and some coffee beans stashed
    away in #10 cans or mylar bags.
  • The Bruntmor French Press, pictured left, Brews 1 liter (8 coffee cups), 34oz.
    of the best rich tasting coffee. Carafe is made of durable, heat-resistant
    borosilicate glass up to 200°F. All parts are BPA free.
  • Legacy Foods offers ground coffee, plus the manual French press.

  • Percolator coffee pot. Pictured top left in classic red, is an enamelware
    percolator coffee pot, which you can place directly on a heated surface,
    making it ideal for camping. (It comes also in blue.)  You get old-fashioned
    charm and campsite convenience in one sturdy package..

  • Replace your electric coffee grinder, too.  Grind your coffee manually with
    the easy hand-crank grinder pictured right. While you can purchase ground
    coffee, everyone knows that it tastes better fresh. When all the beans are
    gone from your stash, you can buy green coffee from Future Essentials.

    If you buy coffee that's green and roast it, or if you buy coffee beans in bulk,
    you'll need a way to grind your coffee without electricity. Certainly a grain mill
    can perform this task; however, coffee beans are very oily and you'll likely
    want to have a tool for the specific purpose of grinding your coffee so you
    don't have to clean the utensil with your daily cup of java.

Off-grid kitchen tool #3: Manual egg beater.
Got eggs? If your "girls" are producing eggs, then surely you'll need a manual egg
beater to replace your electric mixer. Sure, a whisk will do, but a manual egg beater
is an essential for gourmet cooks who want really fluffy eggs or egg whites. Now
beat it and get that egg beater!

Off-grid kitchen tool #4: Wheat Grinder (grain mill).
Think of a wheat grinder as a grain mill, also for barley, popcorn, oats, coffee and
more. High on the list of prepper kitchen items for the self-reliant homesteader is a
grain mill. Those who take emergency preparedness to the advanced level will
appreciate the affordable Victorio manual grain mill, pictured at the top left hand of
the page. The precision stainless steel milling cone is durable and makes fine bread
quality flour. (Makes about one half cup of fine flour per minute and more than twice
that amount on the coarse setting.) The compact design makes it easy to store.

This durable all-purpose manual grinder is ideal for wheat, corn, rice, and other
grains, like barley and oats. Use it to grind coffee beans, peppercorns, non-oily
seeds as well as spices. If you want a luxury manual grain mill, choose the
Wondermill Junior Grain mill for coffee or grinding flour, right.

Off-grid kitchen tool #5: Meat Grinder.
A meat grinder is necessary for advanced preppers who hunt or raise livestock. It's
ideal for sausage making, making meatballs and hamburgers, even for making dog
food. Can you use one grinder to do both jobs? The answer in short is that you
won't want to mix the grain grinder with meat to cross contaminate and cause
illness. The long story is that wheat grinders are intended for low moisture grinding.

Off-grid kitchen tool #6: Sifter.
Didn't we just mention the grinder? If you're a prepper worth your weigh in salt,
you're grinding your own wheat into flour with your grain mill, and not purchasing a
sack of flour. With a sifter, you'll get fluffier breads and cakes. Left are two sifters.
One is hand crank model  -- just turn the crank handle to deploy the sifter inside.
The other has a lever to grip and pump the flour or sugar through the sifter. It holds
around 2-3/4 cups.

Off-grid kitchen tool #7. Kitchen timer (egg timer)!
Grandma didn't have a digital timer! She twisted something she called an "egg
timer" to the desired minutes and then waited for the buzzer. A kitchen timer is an
overlooked accessory for the prepper in an off grid world and makes a wonderful
gift. Right is a retro cool kitchen timer made of heavy duty steel, just like grandma

Off-grid kitchen tool #8: Butter Churn.
Imagine the luxury of making fresh butter in an off grid world! If you have milk, you
can churn your own butter. Don't have a cow or goat? Then here's some happy
news for you: it is entirely possible to
make butter from powdered milk! While the
author uses a food processor, you can use a butter churn. Pictured left, is the
ultimate butter churn made of glass.

Off-gride kitchen tool #9: Juice Press, citrus press and zester.
If you grow lemons, limes or other citrus fruits, then you'll need a citrus press to
take full advantage of the juice. A zester will help you extract the vitamins and flavor
from the skin, which is another worthwhile and inexpensive addition to a prepper
kitchen. When push comes to squeeze, preppers want a juice press! If you own
citrus fruit trees, then the Breville Juice Press, pictured right, is the one to own as it
gets unusually high ratings.

Off-grid kitchen tool #10: Mortar and pestle set.
Crush, grind and powder natures healthiest eats with a mortar and pestle set.
Mortars and pestles have been around for thousands of years -- long before
kitchens existed they were already a classic utensil. They do the job of crushing,
grinding and powdering herbs, grains, spices, nuts, roots, teas for all kinds of
healthy eats. This style of grinding releases flavor best in seeds, herbs, spices and
garlic. Mortars and pestles are handy for crushing pills and supplements, too. This
set of 3 mortars and pestles have contoured bottoms & pestle head to hold the
grindables in place. Porcelain is easy to clean and won't absorb food odors or stain.

Off-grid kitchen tool #11: Peelers.  Apple peeler / Potato peeler.
Peel apples or pears, but you can also peel plenty of potatoes with hand crank
apple peeler just like Grandma used to have. A potato ricer is also handy for making
mashed potatoes or applesauce!

Off-grid kitchen tool #12. Slicers (Mandolin), Spiral Veggie Slicer.
Enhance your off grid garden food by making interesting vegetables dishes. Get a
spiral mandolin slicer! Make zucchini spaghetti and spiral carrots into interesting
salads and pastas! A mandolin is an ideal accompaniment to a dehydrator, and if
you have a garden owning a mandolin is a must.
  • Shredder: creates long, spaghetti-like spiral strands
  • Chipper: creates long, thick spiral strands
  • Straight: creates long, ribbon-like strands

Off-grid kitchen tool #13. Food Dehydrator.
The process of dehydrating removes water from the food and with the drying heat
you in turn minimize the enzyme and bacteria production to preserve food. It's well
and good to get an
electric food dehydrator if you have a backup energy source, but
a non-electric dehydrator will serve you well in an off grid life.

Off-grid kitchen tool #14. Solar Refrigeration.
Prices of solar powered products have come down quite a bit. It seems almost
ridiculous to say "solar" and "refrigerator" in the same sentence, but someone
invented it. The technology is here that you can make your food cold with the power
of the sun. It's not as expensive as you might think either. Check out the solar
refrigerator, pictured right.

Off grid kitchen tool #15: Breadmaking tools.
Instead of a breadmaker and an electric oven, invest in bread making equipment,

  • A camp oven. Ensure that you can bake when the lights go out.

  • Biscuit cutters. Your prepper kitchen wouldn't be complete without a biscuit
    cutter or two. The trio of biscuit cutters, pictured left, cuts biscuits, cookies,
    cakes, and pastries. Biscuits are a simple and essential prepper food made
    from simple ingredients. A basic Southern biscuit recipe calls for flour, sugar,
    baking powder, salt, butter and milk -- all things that should be in a prepper's
    pantry.  Baking from scratch is something to try now, before the need arises.
    If you don't already know how to bake biscuits, get cracking on it!

  • Tortilla press. It's easy to make corn tortilla from masa harina flour and warm
    water, but you need a tortilla press

Off-grid kitchen tool #16: Cast iron cookware.
Replace your microwave with the healthier way to re-heat your food: cast iron
cookware. Cast iron provides fast, even heating, which is why it's a favorite with
preppers. It's healthy cooking because it enables a healthy portion of iron to release
into your food. Cast iron is inexpensive, and easy to clean. Just boil with hot water
or scrape. Then add a coat of grease or oil before you store it for the next meal.
Look also for footed varieties of
Lodge cookware made for camping.

Off grid Kitchen tools #17: Butchering tools:
Knives are an important part of prepping, and preppers who plan to hunt or survive
off their livestock, should acquire a butchering kit.  butchering knives will be
essential after the hunt, eating the chickens who don't produce eggs, and
butchering the rabbits.Other tools for meat handling would include:
  1. Butcher kit (pictured left)
  2. Meat hammer / tenderizer
  3. Meat thermometer
  4. Trussing needle
  5. Meat cuber
  6. Game sheer
  7. Butcher saw
  8. Slash resistent gloves
  9. Smokehouse: Note of warning on smoking meats: The smells of a meat smoke
    can linger for many miles. In extreme conditions, you won't want neighboring
    intruders. Avoid smoking meats in severe scenarios.

Other off-grid Kitchen tools to consider
Bring some vintage into the kitchen with classic tools Grandma had! Here is a list of
other kitchen tools to buy now while they are still available:

  • Hand-crank blender.

  • Cheese grater. You won't be able to buy cheese shreds in an off grid world,
    but you may be able to make your own cheese.

  • Kitchen scale. Say you have a recipe for Grandma's apple pie and it calls for
    two pounds of apples? Use a small professional kitchen scale instead of

  • Pasta making tools.

  • Whirly pop. Forget the microwave and Pop popcorn with an old fashioned
    Whirly pop.

Now you have your shopping list of the essential hand-powered kitchen tools.
Manual tools for the kitchen from the ordinary, a can opener, to the extraordinary
(an excalibur dehydrator) will help you through uncertain times.

Happy endings...
Refrigerators, dishwashers and microwaves, are useless during a massive power
grid failure, and the same goes for electric can-openers, electronic food processors,
and electronic coffee makers. When all is said and done, the off grid kitchen tools
you'll need to acquire will amount to everything that your great grandma's kitchen
had. One of the easiest ways to feel accomplishment when it comes to living off grid
is to get your kitchen off grid: one appliance at a time.

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