from garden to kitchen–necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading

So, exciting day!  Two years cancer free, and I took my sister’s Christmas gift, a certificate to my most favorite local kitchen emporium ( and bought a whole bunch of guilty pleasures that are as functional as they are fun.  In walking through the store with my daughter, I started thinking about all the kitchen necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading.  Tonight, I thought I’d start a list, but as you know, as I go through my day tomorrow, I may think of a few more so check back.  Got thoughts on necessities and guilty pleasures?  Please comment!

citrus press
  • large colander for washing, draining, and holding fruits and veggies for all homesteading activities
  • a large bowl for mixing, holding, marinating, preparing anything  (especially sugar and fruit for jam–check out my blogpost on canning or “we’re jammin'”)
  • a really good wooden spoon–nothing better for mixing and stirring
  • whisks in all sizes
  • multiblade scissors or chopping instrument for herbs that cuts without mashing them
  • a blender that has at least 5 settings
  • a large pot for soups and stews
  • a saute pan that simply releases the flavors of veggies
  • garlic press to add flavor to those veggies
  • a citrus press for lemons, limes, and clementine oranges
  • a good food processor (it is worth the investment)
  • a good paring knife with an eco-green cutting board
  • a large stainless steel tea ball, not only for tea but for herbs and other spices you want to infuse into jam, pickles, etc.
tea ball or as I like to refer to it "pickling spice holder"

Well–that looks like a good start and will certainly fill your cart on your next outing.  I’m gonna go dig around a bit and see what else I can find that I can suggest, but I wanna hear from you–share on!

2 Comments on “from garden to kitchen–necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading

  1. A grain mill, for grinding wheat into flour.
    Cheesecloth, for turning homemade yogurt into cheese
    A crock pot, for simmering homemade chicken stock
    An immersion blender, for pureed soups and baby food
    Mason jars, gosh I use them for everything
    Large glass pitchers, for making fermented beverages
    A family with an appetite, to help you eat all this food!

    • All wonderful! Yes, a crock pot sits right on my counter, and I am addicted to Mason/Ball jars. Unfortunately, I am gluten intolerant so no grain mill here but am dreaming of an immersion blender for Mother’s Day! Thanks, arealfoodlover!

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