I've been on the lookout for things to add to my collection. Things that would make homesteading easier and less like I'm pioneering my way through. Which, don't get me wrong, pioneering isn't bad or anything. I would just like to have some modern items that homestead beginners might need.
You know like a mixer, dehydrator, pressure canner… things like that.
I'm sure I could go the old fashioned route and find a way to dehydrate anything I needed with a wood stove of sorts. Or use regular water bath canning for certain items and then ferment the rest. But, sometimes a pressure cooker lets you preserve things a lot longer to keep you from running out of yummy foods.
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30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners
Ever since we started trying to crack down on our budget, we realized that anything we purchased needed to have a specific role in our lives. Meaning, it had to work to pay for itself rather than sit and collect dust. This also meant that what wasn't being used needed to find a new home.
Either before starting to homestead or in the beginning you should take a look at everything in your home. See if you use it on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. If you need to pair down start chunking things you never use.
It's easy to get attached to things, believe me I know.
But, trimming what you have down to the necessities is the best thing homestead beginners can do. It lets you start fresh, and with exactly what you'll need and use. Plus, if you sell off your extras it gives you a little extra spending cash for whatever items you still need to get.
Alrighty, on to our list of must have items for homesteaded beginners!
**Kitchen must haves**
1. Bread Machine and/or Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
Bread machines are extremely easy to use and amazing to have on hand. This is the one that I have and I love it! But, if you don't have one or would rather have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer then this one is amazing and on my list of “items to grab”. *cough*Christmas present, Honey*cough*
2. Coffee Pot
Because who can't go without coffee? Ok, so there are some folks out there that would rather have their morning lemon water or tea, but around these parts, we drink coffee.
I love coffee grinders for more than just coffee. You can generally adjust the coarseness of the grind so it makes it perfect for spices too. We love this grinder and use it when we mistakenly buy beans instead of ground coffee. Oops.
4. Digital/Analog Scale
This is a super big must! I encourage all homestead beginners to grab an analog scale, but a digital is fine. We have both actually. Analog is an emergency must have in case of a power outage ever goes out and you need to measure things out.
Some recipes are quite finicky so having something that will measure is really helpful.
5. Glass Bowls
Plastic can be a big no-no if you're not buying the BPA free version. So, go ahead and do yourself a favor and get glass everything if you can. It's way healthier for your family and lasts longer without warping.
If you need something for children check out these adorable bowls. They're silicone and very kid friendly.
6. All the Mason Jars
Confession time, I don't use mason jars for only canning or food storage. I mean, come on, who doesn't like to drink their ice cold tea from a mason jar?
No? Just me? Maybe only in the South?
We love mason jars around here and are slowly amassing a good size stock too. Hopefully, one day we'll have enough -_-.
7. Pressure Cooker (InstaPot)
I love, love, love my InstaPot! It's the best thing since sliced bread really. But, any pressure cooker will do, but they're super handy and cut your time in half. Give one a shot and let me know what you think.
8. Cast Iron Pans
Yes, please! I'll take another. We want all the cast iron in this house. Thankfully, I inherited quite a good many pans, but one can never have too many. Or can they? I'm not sure yet.
We just bought one for “grilling” and I have used it nearly every day so far. It's great for chicken, bacon, zucchini, carrots, squash, potatoes, and so much more!
9. Dutch Oven
This should definitely be in the kitchen of all homestead beginners. Again, ours is inherited via #8 above due to it being cast iron. Eventually, we'll have a few different size dutch ovens for use with “over the fire” cooking.
Having a dehydrator is great for saving foods when you're not wanting to can them. This is especially great for making dried fruits to use in things like oatmeal or baking. A dehydrator can also be used for drying herbs and plants.
11. Crock Pot (if you want one separate from InstaPot)
If you don't have an InstaPot, and instead just want to own a crock pot that is totally fine. We actually have both right now. I haven't decided if we'll sell one or the other yet. They're both very useful items, and you may find you want both too.
You don't need a super fancy professional/high-grade blender, but they're useful if you're blending something tough. We have a this Vitamix and also this Ninja. I use the Ninja for smoothies and the Vitamix for things like hummus, peanut butter or soups.
13. Freezer Paper/Butcher Paper
Not overly important, but if you're trying to kick plastic (and we are) then it's a must. I have it listed here as a “must have” because we're ditching plastic as much as we can and that means also ditching plastic baggies.
14. Good Knives
You can't beat a good knife! Make sure you're investing wisely in this because one investment can last a lifetime or be the difference in needing to buy another. I'm all about investing once for a good knife that will last.
15. Pressure Canner
When you grow your own food you'll need a way to store all the extras. I'm sure your garden will out produce what you can eat, so you might as well store what you can't eat. This will save you money in the winter.
16. Water Bath Canner
This goes along with #15 and is useful when you're canning things that only need to be water bath canned.
17. Canning Kit
Probably not absolutely, “you'll die without it” necessary, but it's completely worth it. This is helpful in every part of the canning process and makes your life easier. Just do yourself a favor and invest at the beginning. 🙂
**Household and General Must Haves**
18. Oil Lamps & Oil
Make sure you're stocking up on your emergency equipment. Depending on how big your house is I would have roughly 5-10 lamps and a good stock of oil. This is really helpful if a storm hits your area and knocks out your lights.
19. Sewing Machine
You can always hand stitch clothes if you're savvy, but having a sewing machine is extremely helpful. This comes in handy when you're needing to make or mend clothes.
20. Good Hat
If you're gardening then having a good wide brimmed hat is necessary. This will keep the sun off your face and neck. Getting badly burned is not fun and it's preventable.
Having twine and/or string on hand is great for tying up plants that are falling and need some extra support. It's also handy if you need to tie things together. You'd be surprised at all the things you'll need to use string for.
22. Weather Radio
When the power goes out it's always good to have a battery powered or hand crank weather radio on hand. This will help you know if the weather is going to get any worse for your area.
23. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is something you can either purchase pre-packaged or you can create your own. We like having one we've made on hand. This gives us the ability to put things we typically use inside of it and keep out any unnecessary items.
You'll need one of these eventually, so it's best to have one or two on hand at all times.
25. Countersinking Screws
These are pretty much the only type of screws we use around here unless we use sheetrock screws. These are what we use for all of our projects around the house because they are really amazing at staying put.
Just like #24, you'll need a few of these on hand. Preferably one of each type because this will save you from not having the right type of screwdriver if you need it.
27. Electric tools (screw gun, saws, etc)
This will save you countless hours and frustration. And, that's why it's made our life of must haves for homestead beginners. I can't tell you how glad I am that my husband has power tools around the house for times when I need them.
28. Measuring Tape
If you're building anything around your house you'll need a measuring tape. It doesn't have to be the fanciest or most expensive out there, so just grab something that will work.
There's nothing worse than a crooked shelf or crooked fence post. Might as well grab yourself a level to keep in your tool shed. You will need it eventually.
30. Shovels and Rakes
If you're gardening, keeping animals or planting plants you'll need a shovel. We have quite a few around here. The ones I recommend are a round shovel, a square shovel, and a manure scoop. They all have their uses and are beneficial to have on hand.
As far as having rakes go we have a wide plastic rake for leaves and a metal one for gardening.
31. Composting bin
You can easily make this, so don't buy the top of the line model you see advertised. Check Pinterest for different ideas on composting before you go out and buy supplies. They're not hard to make and are a must have for any homestead beginners just starting out.
It will provide awesome nutrients for your garden and flower beds.
32. PVC Cutter
PVC pipe can be used for a myriad amount of projects around the homestead. I'd invest in a good PVC pipe cutter if I was a new homesteader too. This one cuts up to 1 5/8″ but you may be able to consult your local store also.
Hoses are the lifeline around here. We have animals and a garden we tend to on a daily basis (the animals are more “daily” than the garden). Having a few on hand is really handy, especially if one busts. To prevent busted hoses you may want to dish out a little more cash than you're used to on a hose.
I promise buying a really good hose is worth it. A $60-$80 hose bought once beats a $20 hose bought countless times due to busting.
34. Wax for Candle Making
Like the oil lanterns, having candles is always a great idea. And, knowing how to make candles is even better. If you have a beehive or know someone that does, getting the comb to make your own wax is great. This is also something that you can do for extra money on the homestead.
You can call them emergency candles and sell them to your family or other homestead beginners in your area. Also, if the demand isn't that great in your area you can always sell them online in some prepper forums or Facebook groups.
Pest control and animal protection is a part of life when you're a homesteader, so having a gun is necessary. You may not like the idea of owning a gun, but when it comes to protecting your crops and animals it is good to have. It's also good to have in case you ever need to hunt for your own food.
Mull it over and think about it if you're not really a gun fanatic.
36. Compound and/or Recurve Bow
And, if you can't bring yourself to own a gun, or you want something a little different, you can buy a bow and some arrows. We're avid hunters so we have all of these. My husband and I both have rifles and we both have a compound and recurve bows. As homestead beginners, we already had this one covered ourselves.
I actually have a compound bow, recurve and a crossbow. I'm a little on the spoiled side :).
What are you missing?
After reading through the list see how many you have on hand right now. Do you have them all?
Do you have them all? Maybe most of them?
Some people might not ever end up with all the items on this list and that doesn't mean they're wrong and I'm right. Or that they're right and I'm wrong. Just means we're different.
These are the things that I think are imperative to have on hand for homestead beginners. They'll make life easier and you'll get to enjoy things a little more than if you didn't have them.
I'd love to know your favorites and must have items.
Did you notice something I missed that would be good for homestead beginners? Share it in the comments below!
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