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Welcome back to “Tax Refund Week” where we’re sharing with you how to get big chunks of your Food Storage built, if you happen upon big chunks of change. Today we’re talking about Food Storage Appliances.

Food Storage Appliances can be dreamy- and they can also be pricey. We know this. Julie made bread by hand for months before investing in a Bosch mixer. By the time she got one she was so happy – and knew it was going to be a worthwhile purchase she would use weekly. Jodi borrowed her neighbors Wondermill every few weeks to grind wheat before she knew it was going to be a good purchase for her (after attempting to use a cheap hand grinder). The last thing we would want is for people to go spend hundreds of dollars on appliances they’ll never use.

We understand that in some long term powerless situation we will not have the luxury of using our “power tools”. But how great to build up the confidence (and recipes) you’ll need BEFORE an emergency strikes. So here’s rundown of some of the appliances we have found to be so helpful in our kitchens, enabling us to easily rotate and USE our Food Storage EVERY DAY!

Grain Mills

We use our grain mills for so many things. First and foremost we use our grain mills to grind wheat for bread, pasta, pizza dough, tortillas and more. We also use our grinders to grind popcorn into corn meal. Fresh ground cornmeal is so delicious and you can store popcorn longer than cornmeal. Another great thing grain mills can do is grind white beans to make flour to use as thickeners in soups. You can also grind rice to make rice flour. We also grind a mixture of grains and legumes to make flour for an Ezekiel bread that is extremely nutritious. The possibilities are endless! If you have a manual wheat grinder you can also grind seeds, nuts, and other oily products as well as cracked grain cereals. So many great options.

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Do you NEED an expensive mixer? NO! Will you completely fall in love with cooking from scratch if you have a good one? YES! Having a great mixer has made making whole wheat bread from scratch a breeze. Julie hasn’t bought a loaf of bread in 8 months – and she doesn’t take credit for it- she gives it to her Bosch mixer. Making whole wheat pizza dough, tortillas with a variety of grains, and pasta works much better when you have a mixer that does the job right. Kneading doughs by hand doesn’t always allow the gluten in wheat to develop and can really affect your results. Whatever mixer you get, make sure it is high quality – you don’t want to replace it often.

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Pressure Cookers

We both had purchased electric pressure cookers on sale at Costco and then proceeded to put them in our basements because we were scared of them. Julie decided to work up the courage to use it and mastered the art of cooking dried beans – which is normally an intimidating food storage item. Since then we have both come to love and use our pressure cookers several times a week. It is SO easy to cook dried beans, brown rice, wheat, and other grains because they cook so quickly and WITHOUT SOAKING. Any normal meals you cook can be done more quickly and turn out yummier using a pressure cooker. Jodi even makes healthy homemade baby foods to save money and preserve nutrients.

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When just getting started with food storage, things like dehydrating and canning can seem intimidating, time consuming, and annoying. You can buy dehydrated foods at the store so why bother? But once you start getting into food storage you may find yourself fascinated by the world of preserving your OWN food. Dehydrators can be used to preserve fruits and veggies that you buy on sale, to make delicious and healthy beef jerky, to make homemade yogurt using your powdered milk, and can even be used to make homemade (CHEAP) powdered eggs. If properly preserved your home-dehydrated foods can last a long time and add a nice supplement to your long term food storage.

Click here to see the Dehydrator we recommend

Pressure Canner

Preserve meats and low-acid veggies, stews, soups, sauces, and more. You can also use a pressure canner as a traditional water-bath canner to preserve high-acid fruits, jams, jellies, and salsas. Similar to the dehydrator, you may find your food storage journey causing you to take an interest in preserving your own garden harvest as you think more about self reliance. Pressure canners seem intimidating but they open up SO many more options for shelf stable meals and the home-canned meats are a lot yummier (and cheaper) than store-bought.

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  • Bobau0605

    I took the advice from this post and ordered the Bosch mixer, both grain mills, the pressure canner & the electric pressure cooker with my tax refund. The mixer & manual grain mill are on backorder. I just received the electric grain mill though. I’ve had an extremely cheap manual grain mill that I have to admit is the most horrible idea to use ever! Just tried out the wonder mill and GEEZE LOUISE, I love it! It has my vote, endorsement & backing fully! I see a larger variety of grains hitting our diets. Can’t wait to get the mixer in but have to admit, I’m still extremely scared of the electric pressure cooker. I haven’t worked up the nerve to test it yet. Thanks for all the hand holding and this helpful post.

    • I knew you would love the WonderMill! It literally changed my life!
      Once you try your pressure cooker you will be sooo surprised at how
      easy it is and you will fall in love with that too. Search our site
      for some of our posts about using our electric cookers. It will take
      some of the “scary” away for you 🙂

  • sarah

    I’m interested in the VitaMix or Blentec blender and wonder if you or any of your readers have these blenders. I’m interested in grinding grains, dh is interested in juicing carrots.

    • Bodhikt

      I don’t know how well the Vita Mix does with grains– I got the container for “dry ingredients” (including grains), but haven’t tried it yet. It does juice carrots and other vegies pretty well– you have to cut them up a bit and add a bit of water/tomato juice/broth to get it started. It is a lot thicker than commercial carrot juice because it doesn’t waste any of the pulp.

    • I have a refurbished Blendtec and it is great for grinding small
      batches of wheat. I believe with the VitaMix you have to purchase a
      separate add on to be able to grind dry grains. I haven’t used my
      Blendtec for juicing, but I have made baby food in it and it turns out
      great. My manual has lots of recipes for juices including carrot
      peach juice so I think you would be good to go on both parts 🙂

    • I have a refurbished Blendtec and it is great for grinding small
      batches of wheat. I believe with the VitaMix you have to purchase a
      separate add on to be able to grind dry grains. I haven’t used my
      Blendtec for juicing, but I have made baby food in it and it turns out
      great. My manual has lots of recipes for juices including carrot
      peach juice so I think you would be good to go on both parts 🙂

  • Bodhikt

    Do you know a source for gas stoves that do NOT have an electronic “ignition”? Something that will still work using natural gas connection without needing to also have electric power? Preferably somebody in S. Calif, so the shipping wouldn’t be horrendous.

    • Wyomingland3

      I think even if your gas stove using electricity to ignite, you can still manually ignite a flame with a match. Just turn the knob like you normally would and allow a small amount of gas to flow. Then strike your match and light. Same with the oven except you would likely have to remove the metal overlay which isn’t a big deal.
      It’s a cheaper option than purchasing a different stove/oven. I know this because a friend of mine purchased what you are talking about and it wasn’t worth the money.

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