Survival Kitchen Tools
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
Here is a list of the survival kitchen tools to buy now 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
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 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
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: Sure you can 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. The best of the best food dehydrators on the market is an Excalibur
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.
Read more about caffeine benefits in Survival Coffee: manual tools for preppers.
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. Other tools for meat handling would
- Butcher kit (pictured left)
- Meat hammer / tenderizer
- Meat thermometer
- Trussing needle
- Meat cuber
- Game sheer
- Butcher saw
- Slash resistent gloves
- 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:
- 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.
- Wooden spoons. Learn the art of whittling and you can make your own!
- Rolling pin.
- 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.
- Pasta equipment (if Grandma was Italian!)
- A tortilla press (if Grandma was of Hispanic descent)
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 immediate right. 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
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