Answers From the Urban Homestead – Unplugged Kitchen
Promised you! I didn’t forget. It may take me like a hundred years, but I will (hopefully) answer everyone’s questions. And if I haven’t, don’t take it personally because it could have gotten lost in all my computer files.
Q. I liked reading about your unplugged kitchen. I know that you have both sun and cob ovens for outdoor cooking. What do you use if neither of those will do the trick? Do you have a stove that you can plug in when needed.? Like for canning? Hopefully I will be adding a sun oven to our appliance list soon! – mia
Q. I would like to know more about the unplugged appliances. What do you use and what do you use it for? I’m finally learning how to cook in general and how to cook a wider variety of local veg in particular and would love tips on how to use the appliances. – Angie
Q. “Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or valuable possession than time.” Ludwig van Beethoven Are the powered down appliances you have antiques that were made before there was electricity, or are they new models? I have some that I have collected from family and garage sales/op shops but want to get more (and a sun oven of course) – Hannah
Q. Where did you get the nice, solid-looking coffee grinder? We’re powering down our own kitchen. For a year now, we’ve been using a cutesy-antiquey grinder that’s always on the verge of falling apart. Just yesterday I found one designed for camping that we’re trying out, but it’s a little frustrating, too. I haven’t been able to find solid-looking ones even at Lehmans.Your website is a real inspiration to those of us who aren’t in a position to move to a country homestead. – joyce
Readers, thanks for your comments and questions. Congrats on walking the path! You’ve joined hundreds of fellow travelers who have exited the freeway of modern life and have chosen the path less traveled towards a simpler, more fulfilling life.
As for our unplugged kitchen, the only thing electric is the energy efficient, energy star rated fridge. For cooking we have right now a gas stove. But we do have sun and an earthen oven here on the urban homestead, so we don’t have to rely always on such a polluted energy source for cooking our meals.
Our gas stove is nearly 20 years old, and since it’s starting to act a bit unreliable these last few years, we have been debating whether since we have solar panels should we purchase an electric stove when our gas one gives us the ghost. All these plug less appliances are new…
Here’s a list of hand appliances in the urban homestead’s kitchen:
1. hand cranked food processor*
2. hand cranked blender*
3. hand cranked coffee grinder*
4. mortar and pestle
5. good old fashion wooden spoon and muscles
6. hand juicer
7. hand/stove top popcorn popper* * items listed above are now featured on PTF’s own online store
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