So, let me introduce you to some of my favorite appliances. These appliances all run on human power instead of electricity. None of them were expensive, especially when compared to the price of a KitchenAid Food Processor.
If I need to grind flour or chop nuts, I usually use these.
My journey to all non-electric appliances is not complete. I hope to get a hand crank blender soon and I want a hand crank ice cream maker as well.
This does not mean that I have abandoned ALL my electric kitchen appliances. For some situations the convenience of electric appliances just far out weighs the advantages of hand cranking. In other situations, the only alternative to electric appliances would be to purchase processed food at a store. For example, when my job gets very busy and I have tight deadlines, I will use a bread machine.
My bread machine is really on it last leg - it makes horrible noises when the paddle moves. However, I really don't want to buy a new one - I would rather do without and make it all by hand. I was mentioning this to one of my friends from church and she told me about another friend who had a hand crank bread machine. Really! I had to go and see it. She was kind enough to let me take pictures of it.
In case you are thinking you can go buy one of these, this machine was made by her father. He made one for her mother when she was a small girl and then made one for her and each of her sisters when they got older.
As you read through the Cooking without Electricity series and print some of the ideas for your food storage binder, don't forget to think about how you are going to prepare your food for cooking. You may want to acquire some kitchen tools that use human power instead of electricity.
If you liked this post, you may also like other posts in the Cooking without Electricity series:
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- Cook Your Food in a Steam Pit
- Cook Your Food in a Hot Box
- Cook with a Number 10 Can Stove
- Make a Dakota Fire Hole to Cook In
- Cook Your Food in a Cardboard Box
- Cook Your Food in a Sun Oven
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