All the homestead kitchen supplies you need for your simple, from-scratch lifestyle.
Before you move to your homestead, you’re probably dreaming of your kitchen. Sunshine streaming in, homemade pies cooling on the counter, and a from-scratch dinner on the stove. So much of the homesteading lifestyle revolves around food.
And to have that busy and productive kitchen you’re dreaming of, you’ll need a few supplies.
Here are the best.
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Cast iron cookware
There’s something about cast iron pans that just say “homestead”, isn’t there? They last forever because they are so sturdy, and their timeless design means they will look pretty in your kitchen forever too.
Cast iron requires special care and seasoning, but it’s totally worth it for how durable and flexible it is. It can go from stove to oven top dining room and can help you prepare everything from sourdough pancakes to baked beans. LINK
For the best quality, look for a vintage cast iron pan. It’s lighter weight and is hand sanded to be extra smooth. If you don’t want to go hunting for vintage cookware, check out Lodge’s new Blacklock line, designed to have a similar feel to old fashioned cast iron.
What would a homestead be without a garden and what good would a homesteading kitchen be if it couldn’t preserve all that garden goodness?
And a country kitchen is more than a place to charge your phone and boil water, it’s a place where you’ll create everything from pickles to marmalade to canned tomatoes. To do that, you’ll need some canning supplies.
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If you want to assemble your own water bath canning items, you can find specific recommendations here. To make it easy, all you need is a big water bath canner, canning jars, and an accessory kit to get you started.
More than just canning jars, you’ll find dozens of uses for mason jars in your homesteading kitchen. They are perfect for simple storage of bulk ingredients like rice and oats, as well as homemade goodies like yogurt and salad dressing.
These jars can also be vases for cut flowers, shakers, lidded drinking cups, and much more. They will be one of those homestead kitchen tools that is beautiful and practical.
You’ll want an assortment of sizes (half pint, pint, and quart) in both wide mouth and standard mouth, as well as some reusable lids for simple storage.
A homestead kitchen is a from-scratch kitchen, and a stand mixer will be put to good use.
Perfect for everything from baking a cake to mixing up meatballs to whipping up egg whites into meringue, a stand mixer does the hard work for you. You can even use it knead bread dough using the dough hook.
And of course, there are plenty of accessories that will make it even more useful. You can turn your stand mixer into an ice cream maker, a meat grinder, and a pasta machine.
This is one of the most expensive items on this list so you’ll want to do your research. The most popular brands are Kitchen-aid and Bosch, with many people saying the Bosch is much more powerful. (But if you love the idea of all the attachments you might want to go with Kitchen-aid.)
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When you need one, you need one. And for so many homestead kitchen projects, you will need one! A kitchen scale is helpful for sourdough bread baking and canning. It’s absolutely essential for soap making.
Many everyday recipes like muffins and other baked goods are easier when measured by weight as well. You don’t have to wash measuring cups and a kitchen scale makes it easy to measure messy ingredients like honey.
The handiest kitchen scales have a function called baker’s math that let you measure your ingredients by percentage. A very handy kitchen tool that will make your life easier even when it’s not totally essential.
Yes a stand mixer is okay for kneading dough, but you expect to bake a lot of bread in your kitchen (many homesteaders are bread bakers!), a bread machine will be worth its weight in gold. It simplifies the process of baking bread by taking care of the mixing, kneading, rising, and baking of bread.
I don’t use mine for baking, just kneading and rising, so I have a very basic and affordable model. It makes recipes from sourdough to yeasted coffee cake easy and hands-off. It’s probably my favorite homesteading kitchen appliance.
Good chef’s knife
There will plenty of chopping and slicing in your kitchen when you are dealing with lots of garden produce and homemade bread. And having one really good knife is something you won’t regret.
A set of kitchen knives is fine, but focus on finding that one special knife that you love and use for everything. If you invest in a nice quality knife and learn how to sharpened it properly, it will be one those kitchen supplies that lasts a lifetime.
I know we’ve already discussed canning equipment, but pressure canning is sort of its own beast.
You can very happily preserve tons of food at home using only water bath canning, but pressure canning gives you a lot more options. Pressure canners heat food to a hotter temperature than water bath canners, so you can use them for foods that aren’t acidic. That means carrots, potatoes, corn, Grandma’s tomato sauce, and even meats can be preserved at home.
It’s not for everyone, but for the serious homesteading kitchen a pressure canner is a wonderful thing to have.
Grinding your own grain sounds very self sufficient, doesn’t it? And many people swear by baking with fresh milled flour. The benefits of using grain milled at home include a more nutritious flour, better flavor in your baked goods, and the ability to store large quantities of wheat, as whole grains have a much longer shelf life than flour. But to do this, you’l need a grain mill.
I’ve never personally done this so I can’t recommend anything. But here is a great article on choosing the best grain mill that can help you.
Big stock pot
Everyone needs a great big stainless steel stock pot. They are perfect for cooking large quantities of food like pasta or soup for serving a crowd. They are also great for prepping big batches for preserving or cooking ahead.
Dehydrating food is a great way to store garden items long term. If you love raisins and dried fruit, you’ll definitely get use out of it.
But don’t discount it even if you don’t love dried foods. It’s useful for so many things that can hard to get right in a humid climate, like
- dried herbs
- garlic powder and onion powder
- dried orange slices for country style Christmas decorations
- beef jerky
If you have your own dairy source, (or even if you don’t!), a yogurt maker will one of those kitchen pieces that saves you the most money. You can make large quantities of yogurt for a very affordable price if you do it yourself.
And yogurt makers are one of those affordable, easy-to-store pieces that come in so handy. Yes, you can use a crock pot or Instant Pot, but nothing is as easy as the yogurt maker!
Canning (even pressure canning) isn’t the best way to store everything. Fresh meat, certain vegetables, and baked goods will keep best when they are frozen. Even some dehydrated foods will lang longer if they are frozen after you dehydrate them.
If you have the space for a chest freezer, it can be a great addition to the homesteading kitchen. You can often pick these up at garage sales or get used ones online for a great price.
Once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever functioned without it! No more blending soups in the blender in small batches (annoying). You can use it to smooth cooked beans, blend jams, and so much more.
But most importantly, you need it for soap making! If you are at all interested in making soap in your homesteading kitchen, a stick blender will be essential.
Related: The Beginner’s Guide to Soap Making
They are very inexpensive and take up hardly any room.
I hope on this list of homesteading kitchen essentials you’ll find something helpful to you. Good luck on your journey.