Awesome Old Fashioned Kitchen Gadgets

Jun 16th
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You know some of those grandma’s old fashioned kitchen gadgets you sold in the yard sale several years back?  That’s the stuff we are going to talk about.  Most of us have replaced and upgraded this equipment and either gotten rid of the old stuff or put it in storage long ago.  Take some time to go through your kitchen this weekend, and make a list of some things you might want to acquire in the near future.  You don’t have to get these items new; they can be purchased used from yard or estate sales.

List of Old Fashioned Kitchen Gadgets

Percolator:  Remember these beauties?  If not, perhaps you are familiar with a French press?  Both are excellent ways of preparing coffee without electricity.  It is recommended that you practice making coffee, with whatever method you choose, before you need a pot of coffee from it.  There is an art to each method.

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 Meat Thermometer

Thermometers:  Get some old fashioned ones that do NOT require batteries.  You’ll want a “meat thermometer” that lists right on it your target temps – no one wants to get food poisoning in the middle of an emergency and taking short cuts like just cutting into the meat and looking at it will get you just that.  You’ll also want a candy thermometer as it reads higher temperatures than meat thermometers.   The one pictured in the middle has a handy clip on it which you can use to clip on a pot.  You might also want to pick up an oven thermometer.  These are handy not only for checking the temperature on your current oven, but also in wood burning ovens and checking the temperatures of Dutch ovens.

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 Manual Scale

Manual Scale: Measuring and weighing ingredients will still be important and most people now only have digital scales which can break, be rendered inoperable by EMP or solar flare, or just run their batteries dead.  Having one of these around is not only decorative but useful.

 Manual Pepper Grinder

Pepper Grinder:  Peppercorns last far longer than the ground up version you buy for your table shaker, as long as they are kept dry and out of the sunlight they can last years.  That’s one of many reasons why “pepper” was one of the spices Columbus was hoping to find.  You can get a fairly nice set of salt and pepper grinders at Target for under $12.  This will allow purchasing and stocking up on peppercorns, and pepper tastes better when it is freshly ground anyways.

 Cast Iron

Cast Iron: Ever wonder why everyone recommends cast iron for people getting into emergency preparedness and self-sufficiency? The reason is because you can cook with it over an open fire.  Aluminum and Teflon pots and pans should be avoided over and open flame over high temperature heat sources, cast iron however, was made for that kind of cooking!  Also a set of cast iron cookware will last for several generations if cared for properly.

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 Egg Timer

Manual Timer: Egg timers work, there are also others on the market – You should believe that you can still get sand timers.  They aren’t digital and do NOT require batteries.  Today you can get them for under $6.  Someday in the future, they may be priceless.

 Egg Beaters

Egg Beaters: Try to find a nice set that doesn’t have plastic gearing.  These are NOT going to replace your mixer but they will help you mix up eggs, whip cream, and light liquids.  They will be handy and save you time.  Best of all?  No electricity required.


Manual Grater: For cheese, for carrots, for anything that needs to be grated.  Might seem obvious but just was over and found out than they got rid of their manual grater since they use an electric one or their food processor now.

 Coffee Grinder

Manual Coffee Grinder: Handy to have if the electricity is shut off.  They are efficient, adjustable and allow you to store coffee beans which will inevitably last longer than ground coffee.  Having coffee may not be important to some people but to others it may be a big morale booster or even a sanity saver.

 Food Grinder

Manual Food Grinder: Grind up fruits, veggies, and even meat to some extent without the aid of electricity.  One of these will help you get food ready for storage during times when you really need it.  The older ones are way better than the brand new ones.  Keep an eye out in thrift stores and at yard sales.  These won’t grind up grain – for that you will need a grain mill, which you might also want to add to your list.

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 Steamer Collapsible

Collapsible Steamer: These are handy little gadgets that not only work with your existing pots and pans, but will also work with a cast iron Dutch oven, or even your pressure canner.  It’s one more item that will expand your cooking and food storage capabilities, even if the power is out.

 Grill Toaster

Grill Toaster: The little accessories are small, collapsible, light weight, and inexpensive – look for them in the camping section of department stores.  They serve their purpose and routinely make several pieces of toast without hogging up the whole pan.  If you are gluten intolerant, these are especially handy as most gluten free breads are significantly improved by being toasted or heated.

 Cone Colander Food Mill

Cone Colander Food Mill: You can use this model or the hand crank version. Either way, it is recommended to use stainless steel only because aluminum tends to discolor your food.  These work great in conjunction with a jelly strainer bag and rack as this offers another layer of filtration for whatever you are making.

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Manual Can Opener: Last, but certainly not least, is the lowly manual can opener.  Many people don’t even own one of these anymore.  We have two or three of these where ever we have food stored, and so should you.

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Aside from being prepared for a grid down situation, owning old fashioned kitchen gadgets make you more self-reliant and less dependent on others.  If you don’t want to run into town to get new batteries for your digital scale, you don’t have to.  If the grid goes down you won’t have to go anywhere in search of food because you can’t prepare the food you have – you will be cooking your food safely and efficiently while others will be looking to the government for help.

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