Things Every Homesteader Should Have in Their Kitchen to Make Life Easier

Mason jars - Not only can these be used for canning but also for dry good storage and if you have a vacuum sealer you can store dry goods even longer.

Cast Iron Cookware - Cast iron can be used anywhere. It can be used on top of the stove, in the oven, on the grill, over a campfire and I use mine in my convection/toaster oven. Regardless of what you hear, cast iron can indeed be used on glass top stoves. You just have to be extra careful not to drag or drop the cast iron on top of the stove.

Stockpot - Everyone needs a good stockpot with a lid that fits snug. You can make soups, stews and even do your water bath canning in a good stock pot.

Slow Cooker - These can be in the form of an electric slow cooker/crock-pot, an InstantPot or a Sun Oven. They are great for putting a meal on to cook in the morning, doing your chores or going to work and you come home to a nourishing, hot cooked meal.

Hand Can Openers - You'll have jars and cans that will need to be opened, sure you can use a knife or other object, but a can opener makes it much easier for jars that require the lid to be pried off. You'll need a different kind for aluminum cans that aren't just for liquids. Hand openers will work whether you have electricity or not and you never know when the power could go out.

Good Knife - If you're going to cook, you'll need a good, sharp knife. Make sure you get a sturdy one. I've had knives that the handle broke off while using, definitely get a good one that will last.

Freeze Dryer - If you can afford it, get a freeze dryer to preserve your food. Canning jars and lids have been hard to find, although itโ€™s been a little easier to find jars lately. With a freeze dryer you can preserve your food and store it in Mylar bags for up to 25 years. You can enter to win a Harvest Right Freezer Dryer here.

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