Essential Homesteading Tools From Kitchen To Field

Essential Homesteading Tools From Kitchen To FieldAs most of you know, we live 100% off-grid with solar power.  Our mindset may be a bit more frugal than the average Joe, BUT we feel there are definitely essentials necessary for homesteading and off-grid living.

We live very traditionally by choice and feel that regardless where you live, how you live and how prepared you are it is important to have tools that you can utilize regardless if their is power.

When we embraced our off-grid lifestyle we gifted 98% of our power appliances by choice to friend’s and family and replaced them with their antique counter parts.   These antiques line our walls as decorations in their down time, but are utilized often and returned to their place on the wall.

While using these tools we are taken back in time and often wish we knew the stories of these tools and where they have traveled.  Some of these tools have been handed down from our ancestors from several generations and it is a true blessing to own them.

Our house warming gift to ourselves was an Arcade cast iron and glass antique coffee grinder.  It was one of the first things we installed in the house so we could use percolator coffee maker on the wood stove.  There are necessities too… 🙂

So beyond your common tools such as measuring cups, baking dishes , silverware, toilet plunger, hammer and screwdrivers just to name a few,  there are specific tools that you need to get the extremely important jobs done in each area of your home or homestead.  These are the tools that you could not get by without.

Electric and fuel could very quickly become a luxury item or completely unavailable due to natural disaster, EMP, etc. and we feel thinking out of the box in a preparedness mindset in regard to our tools is just as important as being sure that you have the food, heirloom seeds, etc.

Homesteading today with the modern conveniences can make things a lot more efficient and less laborious, but we encourage you to also be sure to own some of the important non-electric counter parts so they are available if you need them.  By using the tools from our past we eliminate the need for  a gym and stay very physically fit and can endure a lot more heavy labor than most.

Having such things as extra fuel, a generator, and solar backups (GoalZero and SunJack) can be extremely useful.

We are also asked very often on where we find all our antiques, old tools and even if there is a place to get replicas or reproductions.  My favorite places to find these treasures is antique stores, yard sales, thrift stores, eBay, Craigslist, etc.  I also shop around because antique stores can be pricey depending where they are located.  I create a list of items that I am looking for and price around.  It may not hurt to do a little research to see what things are selling for on eBay, but I am frugal and prefer to spend as little as I possibly can on things.   It is also very important that you check these items you find very carefully to be sure that they are in 100% working order (most times they are) and be sure to read the descriptions well on eBay and Craigslist because there is a part of the population that uses such items as decorative items in there houses vs using them (I have NEVER been guilty of this **sarcasm**).

I also have some wonderful friend’s who enjoy treasure troving as much as I do so I may recruit them to do some looking as well.

We are asked ALL the time by our audience on where we find our tools and also what we have so I thought I would take this time to break it down for everyone.

Now there are some stores that carry reproduction items such as Lehman’s Catalog, but they can be very pricey.  I honestly prefer the antiques, but I have found a thing or two at Lehman’s.

Let’s start in the kitchen and work our way from the inside out…   I feel the kitchen tools are important because eating and preserving is your life line to living.

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A lot of thought goes into my kitchen tools.  I purchase pottery and cast iron because these two pieces hold the heat, cook and bake efficiently, they both can be used in my Sun Oven and the cast iron can be moved outside over the open flame which is something we do regularly anyway and that may at some point be a necessity.

Kitchen

Appliances

Hand Mixer / Electric Mixer

Hand Blender / Electric Blender

Hand Crank Flour Mill / Electric Mill (We use the WonderMill Deluxe Jr and the WonderMill Grain Mill)

Hand Crank Coffee Grinder – (I have an Arcade Cast Iron and Glass antique hanging on my wall that I found especially cheap on eBay)

Cookware

Cast Iron (As many pieces as you can find) 🙂

Cast Iron Dutch Oven(s) **

Colanders

Large Steel Pots (Steel will hold up longer and it is said that aluminum will seep into your food)

All American Sun Oven

Canning

Pressure Canner  (We have an All American and a Presto)

Water Bath Canner

Canning Jar (Note:  If buying used jars, just check them very carefully for cracks and if you purchase cases of jars with lids and rings, be sure to discard the lids if they have indents on them.  We also prefer wide mouth jars because they are easier to fill and easier to clean.)

Tattler Seals (able to be used endless amount of applications)

Rings for your jars

Canning Funnel

Note:  New to canning?  My favorite resource is Sharon Peterson of SimplyCanning.com and CanningDiva.com

Fermenting

Containers such as crocks and canning jars

Air locks and weights

Note: My resource for fermenting supplies besides the antique/thrift outlet is FermentTools.com

Coffee

Coffee Grinder

Percolator(2) ***

Tea Kettles(2) ***

** Dutch Ovens are my most favorite piece of cast iron for making just about anything on my woodstove, stove and oven, open fire and Sun Ovens

*** Over time these items will form small pin holes (this could take years) and it is best to have a couple on hand.

Misc

Knives and Sharpening Stone

Bread Box

Colanders

All American Sun Oven / Excalibur Dehydrator

Note:

When purchasing used kitchen tools from yard sales, thrift stores etc. cleaning such items can be a concern.

Here are a couple of tricks:

  • I always Clorox or bleach – you can also use vinegar
  • With anything wooden – I do the above, but I also then let it soak in baking soda to remove the Clorox or bleach residue
  • Cast Iron – I was them with soap (yes the ONLY time ever), scrub it with coarse salt and add water and boil.  I then re-season and I am good to go.

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There may come a time when medical care may not be an option and we will need to lean on our own knowledge and skill.  I have been involved with natural medicine since I was 14 and have a great passion for sharing my knowledge.  I share my knowledge in monthly webinars, posts, and videos to help others improve the health of themselves and that of their families.  Not only will the natural health be beneficial to your family, but it will also be helpful with your homestead animals.

Natural Health

Hot Water Bottle

Neti Pot

Herbs, Teas & Spices

Essential Oils

Cheese Cloth

Olive Oil

Coconut Oil

100 proof Vodka

Beeswax

Sutures

Gauze

Vet Wrap

The Survival Doctor and Herbal Academy of New England offer amazing online classes that could be very helpful to you also.

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Knowing how to make everything you will need could become an important task.  Knowing how to utilize the equipment and tools you have as well as making the necessary items you will need will be important skills to have.  Teaching our children such skills as simple sewing are a great way to get them involved and continuing to increase their knowledge will never hurt them.

HouseHold

Treadle Sewing Machine / Electric Sewing Machine

Extra Fabric, Leather, Old Coats, Old Sweaters all of which can be repurposed

Knitting Supplies

Crochet Supplies

Quilting Supplies

Awl for Leather Work

Clothespins

Washline

Washboard

Wash Tub

Cast Iron Iron

Glass / Metal Lanterns with extra lantern fuel

GoalZero or SunJack Solar Rechargeable products (lanterns, light sticks, battery chargers, power sources)

Candles (candle making supplies)

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Bath

Wash Basin

Personal Hygiene products that fit your needs

Materials to make your own homemade products (see natural health also)

Personal hygiene is extremely important normally, but in the event that certain things are no longer available, making our own products will be important.  I currently make our toothpaste, deodorants, soaps, shampoos, etc.

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Gardening is one of our main sources of fresh whole foods.  We have a 40′ x 40′ fenced garden (7′ 5″ fencing to keep deer, elk and moose out) housing 5 raised beds (4′ wide x 30′ in length) and a 20′ x 20′ greenhouse that we are finishing this spring.  Our honey bees reside in our garden for added protection and a there are a lot of medicinal plants for them to feed on.  Heirloom seeds are heavily conditioned seeds that can be saved each year and reused so their benefits are endless and extremely useful.   We also forage a lot from our surroundings.

Garden

Shovels

Digging Bar

Hoe

Tomato Towers

Rake

Pitch Fork

Seed Starter Containers

Wheel Barrow

Old Canning Lids for plant markers

Empty Spray Bottles

Watering Cans

Buckets

Rolls of clear and black plastic (we have a very short growing season so we have to keep our raised beds covered)

Hose(s) and nozzle(s)  (These often spring leaks or no longer work so it is always good to have a spare)

Heirloom Seeds

Seeds For Generations

My Patriot Supply

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We have a hand drill hanging on our wall, a wood planer sitting on our windowsill and our two man saw hangs on a rafter.  They are all ready to to be used at any minute.  Having the essential tools for any project can be a life savor possibly in our future.  I did not provide resources below, but I feel that how-to books for those less mechanical minded could be a great aid.  The Mountain Man grew up building and repairing and is quite the MacQyver so be sure to be prepared with the essential guides that you would need to get you by with tasks you are less familiar with.

Tools

Automotive Tools

Carpentry Tools

Plumbing Tools

Electrical Tools

Chisels & Carving Tools (Bowls, Dishes, Wooden Spoons)

Blacksmith Tools including Anvil and Forge (Endless uses, but tool making, nail making, hinges, hooks, etc)

Firewood Cutting & Chopping

Chainsaw

Two Man Saw

Crosscut Saw

Maul

Axe(s)

Wedges

Knives & Blades

Machetti

Pocket Knives

Butchering Knives

Skinning Knives

Bushcraft Knives

Sickle

 

Books or Library

Cookbooks

Elk & Venison Recipes

Simple Soups

Gluten Free On A Shoe String (any of these)

Canning References

Simply Canning

Pantry Journal

The Organic Canner

Fermenting References

 Fermented Vegetables

 Nourishing Traditions

Wild Fermentation

Natural Health References

Herbs & Essential Oils

Modern Essentials

Be Your Own Doctor

Herbally Yours

Herbal Academy of New England (online classes)

Foraging

Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West

A Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs (Peterson Field Guides)

From the Shepherd’s Purse: The Identification, Preparation, and Use of Medicinal Plants

Identifying & Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants (And Not So Wild Places)

 

Gardening References

The Garden Notebook

The Art of Gardening

Homesteading References

The Encyclopedia of Country Living

Bushcraft & Wilderness Survival

Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

 Deerskins into Buckskins: How to Tan with Brains, Soap or Eggs; 2nd Edition

 

We will be covering your butchering, hunting, trapping and fishing tools and needs in another post upcoming to provide you with all the detailed tools as well as how-to’s so please check back.

I hope you gained some resources and knowledge from this post.  As I stated above, we live a much more traditional life than most and enjoy the rewards of such life.  You may choose to utilize the modern day conveniences, but we encourage you to start gathering some of your more traditional tools to have on hand for those unexpected times.

Happy Homesteading!

 

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30 Ways of Homesteading

The Prepared Bloggers Network is at it again! We’re glad you’ve found us, because the month of April is all about homesteading.

Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by growing your own food, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may even involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale. Most importantly homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.

The Prepared Bloggers are passionate about what they do and they each have their own way of achieving self-sufficiency. Grab your favorite drink and enjoy reading about the 30 Ways of Homesteading!

Crops on the Homestead

Straw Bale Gardening from PreparednessMama

Crop Rotation for the Backyard Homesteader from Imperfectly Happy

Benefits of Growing Fruit from SchneiderPeeps

Succession Planting: More Food in the Same Space from 104 Homestead

Crops to Grow for Food Storage from Grow A Good Life

Winter Gardening Series from Our Stoney Acres

How To Build a Raised Garden Bed For Under $12 from Frugal Mama and The Sprout

How to Save Carrot Seeds from Food Storage and Survival

Animals on the Homestead

Getting Your Bees Started from Game and Garden

Homesteading How-To: Bees from Tennessee Homestead

How to Get Ready for Chicks from The Homesteading Hippy

Selecting a Goat Breed for Your Homestead from Chickens Are a Gateway Animal

Adding New Poultry and Livestock from Timber Creek Farm

Beekeeping 101: 5 Things To Do Before Your Bees Arrive from Home Ready Home

How to Prepare for Baby Goats from Homestead Lady

How to Prevent and Naturally Treat Mastitis in the Family Milk Cow from North Country Farmer

Tips to Raising Livestock from Melissa K. Norris

Raising Baby Chicks – Top 5 Chicken Supplies from Easy Homestead

Making the Homestead Work for You – Infrastructure

Ways to Homestead in a Deed Restricted Community from Blue Jean Mama

Building a Homestead from the Ground Up from Beyond Off Grid

DIY Rainwater Catchment System from Survival Prepper Joe

Finding Our Homestead Land from Simply Living Simply

I Wish I Was A Real Homesteader by Little Blog on the Homestead

Endless Fencing Projects from Pasture Deficit Disorder

Essential Homesteading Tools: From Kitchen To Field from Trayer Wilderness

Homesteading Legal Issues from The 7 P’s Blog

Why We Love Small Space Homesteading In Suburbia from Lil’ Suburban Homestead

Preserving and Using the Bounty from the Homestead

How to Dehydrate Corn & Frozen Vegetables from Mom With a Prep

How to Make Soap from Blue Yonder Urban Farms

How to Render Pig Fat from Mama Kautz

How to Make Your Own Stew Starter from Homestead Dreamer

Why You Should Grow and Preserve Rhubarb! from Living Life in Rural Iowa

It’s a Matter of Having A Root Cellar…When You Don’t Have One from A Matter of Preparedness

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Tammy is a Christian, freelance writer, author, radio show host, web designer, pioneer, homesteader, avid outdoorswoman, huntress, frugally self-sufficient Momma, homeschool teacher and advocate for one amazing young Mountain Boy with autism & aspergers, married to her best friend, her cowboy and Mountain Man of her dreams.
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