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Handy manual machines and kitchen tools for preppers

Becoming a homestead honey, means setting up your kitchen the way your
grandmother or great grandmother did it: with plenty of manual (non-electric) kitchen
tools. And why not go vintage style for your survival with manual machines and kitchen
tools? Mason jars are very fashionable today as people begin to realize the joys of
canning.

List of Manual Kitchen Tools for Preppers
Here is a list of the survival kitchen tools (hand-powered, manual tools) to buy while
they are still available:

1. Wall mounted manual can opener:
Every Prepper's kitchen needs an abundance of sturdy, manual can openers stored
with the food supplies! The heavy duty, wall mounted can opener, right, 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.

2. Manual egg beater.
Got eggs? If your "girls" are producing eggs, then surely you'll need a manual egg
beater. 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!

3. Biscuit cutter set.
What prepper kitchen would be complete without a biscuit cutter or two? Baking from
scratch is something to try now, before the need arises. If you don't already know how
to bake some biscuits, get cracking on it!

4. Sifter.
With a sifter, you'll get fluffier breads and cakes. Favorite of bakers for decades, you'll
find the classically styled, three cup, crank handled sifter above a retro kitchen
charmer. Just turn the crank handle to deploy the sifter inside.

5. Kitchen timer!
Grandma didn't have a digital timer! 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.

6. Mason Jars and canning supplies.
Or course canning comes to mind, but grandmas mason jars are ideal to store
leftovers, bake breads, make an emergency candle or do crafts. We've gathered our
favorite do-it-yourself
mason jar projects.

  • Canning supplies and equipment. Absolutely an essential prepper skill, you'll
    find all the canning supplies for preppers, including, canning funnels, canning
    jars, canning lids, canning kits, Jar lifters, kitchen tongs, pressure canners, water
    bath canners,  and canning cookbooks. Be sure to get a manual vacuum sealer
    too. While you might have the electronic version for use in preparation of a
    catastrophe, the manual vacuum sealer will be invaluable after the grid goes
    down.

7. Lodge 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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!

11. Slicers (Mandolin),
A mandolin is an ideal accompaniment to a dehydrator. A mandolin is musical
instrument; while a slicer, or mandolin, Mandolin slicer above will serve a prepper well

12 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.

  • Want to know the best of the best of food dehydrators? Excalibur, pictured
    immediate left, is top of the line.


13. Manual Grain Mill:
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, Left.

  • You'll need a grain mill if you have buckets of emergency food such as hard
    wheat, which does not store well in the flour state. If you store hard wheat, be
    sure you know how to bake breads or pastas.

14. Percolator or French Press, manual coffee grinder.
To some, coffee isn't just a luxury, it's a necessity! 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.


15. 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.

16. Knife Sharpener.
Your tools will only stay sharp before so long! With continued use your knives would
otherwise become dull and useless.

17. Prepping tools for butchering.
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 tools in Grandma's Kitchen
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:
  1. Joy of Cooking. Seventy-five years ago, a St. Louis widow named Irma
    Rombauer took her life savings and self-published a book called The Joy of
    Cooking. The rest is history. Of any cookbook, this is the one to own.
  2. Wooden spoons. Learn the art of whittling and you can make your own!
  3. Rolling pin.
  4. Kitchen scale. Say you have a recipe for Grandma's apple pie and it calls for 2
    pounds of apples? Use a small professional kitchen scale instead of guessing.
  5. Pasta equipment (if Grandma was Italian!)
  6. A tortilla press (if Grandma was of Hispanic descent)
  7. Cookstoves

Something not in Grandma's Kitchen (but is in the prepper's kitchen)
The tools in a prepper's kitchen are vastly different from tools in an ordinary kitchen.
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. With
a vital exception and here it is.

  • Bucket opener and gamma seal bucket lid. Two essential kitchen tools often
    overlooked by preppers are extra bucket openers and gamma seal bucket lids,
    pictured below. These are absolute necessities! Preppers will find the bucket
    opener will make the task of prying open the emergency foods buckets painless.
    If your preps include any five-gallon buckets, then you'll find the gamma seal
    bucket lid will make the chore of resealing your buckets much easier. The bonus
    is that the lid will also help you keep your preps fresher longer.


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

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