I love my electric appliances as much as the next gal, but if the power goes out or worse, the grid goes down, we’re going to need some other options in order to feed our families!
Whether the power goes out or the grid goes down, lighting a fire with matches is a much better option than using a bow drill or a magnifying glass. It would be a really good idea, to start practicing creating and starting a fire with matches now, so if the time comes that you have to do this, it won’t take you 20 times to get that fire going. The goal, would be to use one match and keep that fire going throughout all three meals you’ll have to cook!
I own an electric can opener, the poor thing sits in a cabinet because I prefer my manual one better. Be sure to have at least two, really good, manual can-openers on hand. This way, if one breaks or you lose one, you do have a backup.
Manual Grain Mill
If you eat a lot of whole foods or are trying to get into eating more whole foods, you are going to need one of these! They are perfect for grinding wheat, rice, barley, oats, rye and lentils into flour. Even if you don’t eat whole foods and are serious about keeping important kitchen items on hand for if things go south, this would be an important item to add to your preps.
I am a coffee fanatic! No, not that flavored stuff, but real, dark, rich, coffee. When the power goes out, I get a little cranky because I can’t have my coffee. But…with a French Press, that changes everything!
Hand Crank Bean Grinder
You are going to need a way to grind up those coffee beans to put into your french press! Without one of these little gadgets, you won’t be having fresh coffee anytime soon.
My nana and mom used to use their meat grinders to shred up potatoes for potato cakes! This item is so special to my heart, I’ve included it in my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.
Whenever I picture a butter churn, I get all these warm and cozy thoughts of living on a homestead in the 1800’s, churning my butter much the same way as Ma Ingalls from Little House On The Prairie. I love to make my own butter and what’s even better, my family loves it too!
An absolute must have item if you grow your own herbs!
Manual Egg Beater
We are so spoiled with our electric appliances, but this is a pretty handy item to have in your home. If all else fails, you could use a fork.
You can probably make one of these yourself, but in case your interested, check this one out here.
Okay, I admit, I don’t have one of these. But….it has just moved up my list! There would be nothing better than to be able to keep baking bread, and desserts if the power should go out. Be warned though, it does run on propane, so you might want to stock up!
Not a bad item to have, especially if your family goes camping! You can use one of these to blend up a milk-shake or make yourself an adult beverage!
I grew up on home-made noodles. I had no idea that there was actual store-bought noodles. I considered myself spoiled. But…convienience seems to take over when we have busy lives! Having a pasta maker, can help make home-made noodles much easier!
I don’t know about your family, but mine loves popcorn! If the power should go out, a bowl of popcorn and a little game of Monopoly can go a long way in staving off boredom!
If you are cooking off grid, you aren’t going to have your stove or microwave timer to help you out. I can remember growing up with one of these sitting on the shelf above my mom’s stove. And, they work pretty good for timing time-outs with your kiddos!
I own one of the new ones and I don’t really like it. My hand gets tired from having to pull the handle instead of cranking it. But, my kids love to do this part when we are baking!
Many families use their microwaves to heat up water for tea or to boil water for something else. This can be dangerous to do because the way the liquid is heated up in the microwave can actually cause your cup or bowl to explode.
Cast Iron Skillets, Dutch Ovens, Griddles
Trust me when I say everything, especially eggs and bacon, taste better when it comes from cast iron. Plus, cast iron is the only type of cook-ware you can use over an open fire and it be able to withstand the heat. The last thing you want is to be cooking your last roast only to have your pot melt in the fire.
Measuring Cups & Spoons
Cookie Sheets – Stainless Steel
Bakeware – Stainless Steel or Cast Iron
- Serving Spoons
- Serving Forks
- Slotted Spoons
- Pastry Cutter
- Rolling Pin
- Knife Sharpener
- Cheese Grater
- Potato Peeler
- Meat Tenderizing Hammer
- Good set of Kitchen Knives